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

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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  • Just Because: Opera bass Rene Pape has withdrawn from his debut in La Scala’s next installment of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, saying he just needs to take a break from rehearsing and performing.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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