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Ludwig's Links: What News Would Beethoven Follow? Oct. 29, 2010

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This week in classical music, operas were commissioned, performed and censored. Conductors have died, stepped down and stepped up. The show still hasn't gone on yet in Detroit; the New York Philharmonic is having travel issues. And a few things made our list that weren't classical, but had to be shared.

  • Dark Sisters: Composer Nico Muhly has unveiled plans for an opera about a radical Mormon sect. Anne Midgette of the Washington Post recommends getting tickets now.
  • Dysfunction And Dystopia: Leonard Bernstein's only serious opera opened in New York for the first time on Wednesday.  Anthony Tommasini of the The New York Times has this review.
  • Runaway: Kanye West released a half-hour-long video involving ballerinas, an excerpt from the Mozart Requiem and a phoenix who just happens to look like a supermodel.
  • Anatomically Correct: A depiction of a donkey in a Beijing production of Handel's Semele irked Chinese officials, according to the New York Times.
  • Full Houses, Empty Coffers: Just because classical music is thriving doesn’t mean the institutions that perform it are too, Midgette says.
  • News From Detroit: The Wall Street Journal has the latest about the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s strike, which is nearing the one-month mark.
  • Patrons Embargoed: The New York Philharmonic hopes Washington will let them go to Cuba with an entourage of patrons — especially after their trip to the Republic of Georgia got canceled, costing the orchestra big money.
  • Going Baroque In China: Christopher Hogwood brings his expertise in Baroque performance practice to China, where Baroque works are rarely performed.
  • No Backup: The death of conductor David Stahl this week has left the Carolina Symphony Orchestra rudderless.
  • Government Interference: Disgusted by what he calls government meddling in artistic affairs, the chief conductor of the Hungarian National Opera has stepped down.
  • Philadelphia In Good Hands: Ionarts posts excerpts of a recent interview with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new music director.
  • Eye On The Artistic Ball: The Pasadena Symphony's new artistic advisor is steering the symphony through troubled waters after Jorge Mester quit the job in June.
  • 'The Forty-Part Motet': Janet Cardiff's audio installation of Tallis' 40-part Spem in Alium is on display in New York.
  • Every Second Counts: iTunes might not be the best place to purchase John Cage's 4’33''. According to one blogger, their version is only 4:31 long, cutting off the rousing finale.
  • It Gets Better: Opera singers and spouses Patricia Racette and Beth Clayton recorded their own message to struggling GLBT youth.
  • Light And Gold: Hear music from Eric Whitacre’s new release, and read his interview with Julie Amacher.
  • BBC Symphony Turns 80: The orchestra celebrated its own birthday with a concert that embraced its history.
  • Not Just For Little Kids: If you're still stumped about what to wear on the big day, here's the Village Voice's list of Halloween costumes for music nerds.



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