Ludwig's Links: What News Would Beethoven Follow? Feb. 25, 2011

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This week in classical music:

  • The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has officially reached a stalemate. Management has canceled the remainder of the season after musicians rejected yet another contract offer. Rumors that they're planning to replace the musicians appear to be unfounded.
  • The Vienna Philharmonic's recent trip to the U.S. has many people critical of the orchestra's ongoing lack of ethnic diversity and gender balance.
  • Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman has quit as director of New York's Westchester Philharmonic, which could leave the orchestra struggling to pay its bills.
  • Paul McCartney is making his first foray into the world of ballet with Ocean's Kingdom, which will premiere at the New York City Ballet in September.
  • From Murder To Music: Anthony Hopkins, best known for his on-screen portrayal of serial killer Hannibal Lecter, is now launching a series of concerts featuring his own compositions.
  • It's not just U.S. opera houses that are struggling — Barcelona's Liceu Opera House has been forced to start its season a month later than usual in order to save money.
  • Card games have fascinated many composers over the years – and now Chicago's Orion Ensemble is doing a ballet based on Tarot cards.
  • The Lexington Philharmonic kept things fresh this week with a world premiere from a rising American composer, of a work inspired by Kentucky.
  • Nathan Davis' work Bells relies on audience participation – and cell phones.

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