Around The Classical Internet: March 25th, 2011

This week in classical music news:

  • Placido Domingo has postponed an upcoming appearance in Buenos Aires and told the city he refuses to sing there until a musicians' strike at the Teatro Colon is resolved.
  • Norman Lebrecht got a glimpse of what film director Wim Wenders might be planning for Wagner's Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festival in two years — including 3D film and heavy use of natural elements.
  • A probing essay by Colin Eatock of NewMusicBox contrasts classical music with visual art — and wonders how the art world evolved so differently from the music world.
  • James Levine, who recently resigned as music director of the Boston Symphony, has announced that he's also cutting back on upcoming performances at the Metropolitan Opera while he recovers from back surgery.
  • And on The Classical Beat, Anne Midgette points out that we're making a bigger fuss over conductors who don't conduct than ones who do.
  • Strike a pose: Choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has signed on with Storm Models, according to Vogue. Most of us never really thought of him in that way, but his brooding picture on the Vogue site is actually quite striking.
  • Justin Davidson puts a spotlight on the young composers of the "new New York school," saying that they need more constraints in order to break out of them.
  • And blogger Soho The Dog rolls his eyes at the article, saying aesthetic conflict isn't necessary to create meaningful art.
  • A former Detroit Symphony executive has gone public with her concerns about mismanagement within the orchestra. It's somewhat timely, because two weeks after the musicians' strike ended, talks still haven't continued.
  • Since the recent natural disasters in Japan forced violinist Hilary Hahn to cancel her upcoming appearances there, she's decided to make good use of the extra time by playing benefit concerts.
  • It's spring, and cancellations are in the air: pianist Maurizio Pollini has backed out of his U.S. recital tour due to illness.
  • Ready Within Seconds: After years as an assistant conductor, Michael Seal of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's second violin section is getting a promotion. He talks to the Birmingham Post about what it was like to stand in at short notice for other conductors.
  • London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra played to a packed hall of plants last week, in an attempt to see if music would help them grow. The jury's still out on that one, but conductor Benjamin Pope remarks that it was the most fragrant audience he's ever played to.
  • Eve Beglarian, the first composer to win the Greenfield Prize, talks about her new work, which combines beauty and horror and was inspired partly by a kayak trip down the Mississippi.
  • One of New York's most valuable musical assets — a gargantuan collection of manuscripts — is now up for sale.
  • An Unholy Marriage: This Euro-pop remix of an aria from The Marriage Of Figaro is bad but strangely compelling.

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