Around The Classical Internet: April 1, 2011

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This week in classical news:

  • John Adams has had two operas performed at the Met in the last three seasons and won the Pulitzer Prize – but he's not resting on his laurels. In this Miami Herald interview, he talks about his latest musical pursuits.
  • Six young conductors got the chance to showcase their talents in front of orchestra search committees and managers last month at the Bruno Walter Conductor Preview.
  • Change has come to Juilliard — the school has bought a non-Steinway piano for the first time since ... ever. Well, since 1924. But the new piano, a Fazioli, has a pretty swanky pedigree.
  • The Metropolitan Opera is scheduled to tour Japan in June, but radiation levels are causing the company to think twice.
  • Riccardo Muti, who's gotten some notoriety for his spate of recent cancellations, is back in Chicago and says he's perfectly fine.
  • The father of the family piano group The Five Browns has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.
  • Detroit Symphony supporters take to the streets at Wednesday's DSO Board meeting. As of Friday afternoon there was no progress in the orchestra's strike.
  • The Syracuse Symphony has canceled all of its operations. The orchestra's board stresses that this is a suspension, not a closure — but as of next Monday, all musicians and staff will be unmployed.
  • The Rochester Philharmonic comes to the rescue. The orchestra will honor all Syracuse Symphony tickets for the rest of the season. The Syracuse orchestra closed shop without offering refunds.
  • Orchestra lovers in Orlando are feeling the pinch. The Festival of Orchestras, a concert presenter that booked prominent ensembles into central Florida, called it quits after 27 years.
  • Classical fans in Los Angeles are getting a second radio station.
  • Music advocacy organizations Meet The Composer and The American Music Center have announced that they're merging under the name New Music USA.
  • Toronto's Royal Conservatory and Carnegie Hall are teaming up to bring a national music curriculum to the U.S.
  • YouTube tells us that a ridiculous number of people viewed the grand finale of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011. Not surprisingly, six out of the top 10 countries viewing the performance were European.
  • In this video, an accordionist asks a rhetorical question: Why play just the solo when you can play the orchestral parts, too?

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