The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music new clips: Father of piano group The 5 Browns is guilty of sexually abusing 3 daughters. Riccardo Muti heals and tours. Marin Alsop goes Brazilian. UW composer Laura Schwendinger gets a Carnegie Hall premiere. Flutes in space. And another Grammy post-mortem. | February 19, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

It has been a busy week for news from the world of classical music, with the news running the gamut from the trivial to the sordid and the extra-terrestrial.

ITEM: Keith Brown (below top), 55, the father of the bestselling brothers and sisters piano group The 5 Browns (below bottom), has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the three daughters when they were young:

ITEM: After becoming ill last fall, then recently fainting and falling off the podium and breaking his jaw and then winning a Grammy, touring is another chapter in the ongoing drama of Riccardo Muti (below) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

ITEM: Sir Colin Davis is maestro collapse No. 2:

ITEM: UW composer Laura Schwendinger (below) will premiere and perform her own work at Carnegie Hall on March 4:

ITEM: Marin Alsop (below) takes on a conducting post in Sao Paulo Brazil as well as Baltimore:

ITEM: Playing flute music in space – does that make it spacey?

ITEM: Indie classical labels at the Grammys? Read NPR’s Tom Huizenga (below) on the Grammy awards for classical music. (The Ear’s posted p both nominees and winners on Tuesday. You can scroll back or find it in the search engine):


Posted in Classical music


  1. Writing from London UK
    When this mailing came in thought it was a daily rag….
    News of the world, sun, mail etc….
    Was the !!!!headline news!!!! sex scandal…!!!!
    Really necessary?
    What’s new? Why headline with weakness pain and power?
    The agenda surely is MUSIC
    Not a weak mans dirty life, and a family in pain?
    I read on postings that your site is a refuge of sorts, appreciation of classical music, like minds ….
    Away from the obsession with the private lives of “celebrities”
    Music ! Knowledge? When where and how?
    Is there an argument for shouting about another’s pain

    Comment by Elle — February 19, 2011 @ 5:23 am

    • Hi Elle,
      Thank you for reading and replying.
      I am sorry you find the news about the Five Browns too scandalous or sensational. But we are taking the sexual abuse of children, something criminal and widespread in society.
      Also, so many people have seen and heard the five brothers and sisters that I deemed the story to be of interest to classical music fans.
      Obviously, others may disagree.
      So I’ll be anxious to see reactions from other readers.
      But I also tried to include plenty of other, less sensational news.

      Comment by welltemperedear — February 19, 2011 @ 9:14 am

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