Ludwig's Links: What Would Beethoven Read? Jan. 21, 2010 : Deceptive Cadence The week in classical music news — including Washington National Opera's merger with the Kennedy Center.
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Ludwig's Links: What Would Beethoven Read? Jan. 21, 2010

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  • The big news this week (though it wasn't exactly a surprise): The Kennedy Center is merging with Washington National Opera (WNO), which had until now appeared somewhat doomed with a $12 million deficit.
  • Louisville Orchestra musicians have launched their own organization to ensure an orchestral future in the city. Keep Louisville Symphonic will use the same fundraising initiative the musicians pitched last fall to the Louisville Orchestra — which currently doesn't have enough money to pay the musicians' checks.
  • Carnegie Hall's education wing, which opens in 2014, is set to make the organization a national presence in music training.
  • Placido Domingo, singer and outgoing director of the Washington National Opera, celebrates his 70th birthday today — with no sign of retiring as he once hinted. Soprano Angela Gheorghiu made him a birthday video.
  • The Music Instinct: David Rotherberg praises science writer Philip Ball's new book on why the human brain needs music.
  • The Brooklyn Philharmonic, which has been having serious money problems over the last two seasons, promises a new era and a new music director.
  • More from San Francisco: The city's only classical station is going nonprofit. It's been purchased by the University of Southern California in a deal that's been in the works for months. But thanks to its new frequency, listeners in the South Bay won't be able to pick it up anymore.
  • Sports Opera: Composer Angus Grant has created an opera called Contact about netball — a sport not unlike basketball, played predominantly by women in Commonwealth nations. He says classical music is uniquely suited to portray the passion and drama of sports.
  • A newly rediscovered opera by Johann Christian Bach will be staged for the first time in 250 years this June, says blogger Opera Chic.
  • Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will replace the late Joan Sutherland as patron of the BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World competition, which has launched many an operatic career.
  • The Borromeo Quartet has not only adapted to new technology, but taken advantage of it, recording all its concerts and reading music from laptops.
  • No Shuffle Allowed: A club in north London resists "download culture" by coming together every month to listen to albums from beginning to end in silence.