The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Famed diva, composer and conductor die. Are music contests ageist? Hi-def broadcasts move beyond the Met. What composers would be great dinner guests?

November 13, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s Saturday – so here is my weekly news update with some clips that I hope you find as enjoyable and informative as I did:


Famous and best-selling Polish composer Henryk Gorecki (below) dies at 76:órecki


Musicians are also losing their jobs. So maybe this should come as no surprise. But the famous Young Artists Competition is sued for age discrimination.


Many symphony orchestras and ballet companies are following the Met’s lead with successful big screen hi-def broadcasts:,0,548456.story


Opera diva mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett dies at 79:


Musical America names the winners of its prestigious 2011 awards, who include Anne- Sophie Mutter (below):


Famed Russian conductor Rudolf Barshai (below) dies at 86:


Which composers would you like to have dinner with? National Public Radio’s classical music blog “Deceptive Cadence” has some good answers from various musicians. But why doesn’t anyone choose Chopin?

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