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Ludwig's Links: What News Would Beethoven Follow? Nov. 5, 2010

Beethoven didn't have internet access (as far as we know). But if he had, he might have forwarded some of these articles to his friends -- with commentary, of course. iStock hide caption

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Beethoven didn't have internet access (as far as we know). But if he had, he might have forwarded some of these articles to his friends -- with commentary, of course.

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The week in classical music:

  • A Surplus — Really? The Oregon Symphony’s budget cuts have paid off – leaving them with extra spending money for the first time in several seasons.
  • Bonuses Turned Down: Members of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra were offered $2,000 bonuses, but rejected them in favor of longer-term raises.
  • Shaking It Up In Seattle: The Seattle Symphony will welcome Simon Woods as its executive director next year, along with a new music director. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is upset that he’s leaving them.
  • Just Because: Opera bass Rene Pape has withdrawn from his debut in La Scala’s next installment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, saying he just needs to take a break from rehearsing and performing.
  • Popcorn with your Mozart: Stephen Evans, the producer who inspired a fashion for Shakespeare in recent British cinema, is adapting a Mozart opera for mainstream film audiences.
  • An Emotional Chord: The Israel Chamber Orchestra sets off for Bayreuth, challenging the country’s unofficial ban on Wagner’s music.
  • A Fatal Fall: A bassist with the Vienna Philharmonic died hiking while on tour with the orchestra in Japan.
  • Kremerata Baltica, Knights: The LA Times looks at two small orchestras expanding the boundaries of classical music in very different ways.

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