Around The Classical Internet: December 16, 2011

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has made its belated debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. i i

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has made its belated debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Michael J. Lutch/BSO hide caption

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The Boston Symphony Orchestra has made its belated debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has made its belated debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Michael J. Lutch/BSO
  • How is it that the Boston Symphony Orchestra only just now made its debut at Disney Hall? And that it's been 20 years since they've last been to LA?
  • A profile of movie music master and friend of the BSO John Williams explains the changes in the Hollywood music scene, and how Williams has weathered them.
  • With the sale of EMI, it looks as if a new round of artist droppings has started. The Belcea Quartet has decamped, and their planned Beethoven quartet cycle will now appear on the French indie label ZigZag.
  • An account of the very ugly fight over the late, knighted British composer Malcolm Arnold's estate: "He left the majority of his wealth to Anthony Day, who was appointed his carer after Sir Malcolm had 'hit rock bottom' and was evicted from the pub in which he was living."
  • Harpsichordist, conductor and early music pioneer Gustav Leonhardt has announced abruptly after a concert Monday night in Paris that it was his last public performance: "The musician, aged 83 years old, appeared extremely weak and emaciated." (link is in French)
  • You knew it was coming: Sir Anthony Hopkins will be releasing his first album of his own classical compositions January 16.
  • Courtesy of our public radio colleague Peter Sagal, of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me: a tweeted picture of Yo-Yo Ma lolling on a bathroom floor. With a wombat. (Yes, it's real.)
  • Not that it is a surprise, but the New York City Opera is slated for mediation Monday. The talks will attempt to resolve a contract dispute that could suspend performances. The company would like to pay the orchestra and chorus as freelancers at substantially reduced rates.
  • All bets are off at the York Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. The symphony's former office manager, Phyllis Ann Shoff, has admitted to stealing more than $200,000 from the organization to support her gambling habit. Shoff faces arraignment in January. The orchestra is hoping insurance will cover the loss.
  • Mozart had a godson? Who knew? Apparently musicologist Michael Lorenz does, as Alex Ross notes in his blog.
  • What will you be doing at age 103? Elliott Carter, who celebrated his birthday last weekend, is still composing. He says he wakes up every morning wondering what he'll write. "If I didn't have that," he says, "I don't think I'd be so happy."

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