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Classical music news: Conductor Riccardo Muti wins a million-dollar prize. Should James Levine also leave the Metropolitan Opera? Altanta Symphony’s Robert Spano heads out to head up Aspen Festival. Is a new Chopin deathbed photo authentic?

March 19, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

It’s really a mixed bag this week when it comes to classical music news.

Must be the change of seasons!

ITEM: Chicago Symphony Orchestra maestro Riccardo Muti has won a million-dollar prize:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/16/us-riccardomuti-idUSTRE72F9PI20110316

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-riccardo-muti-prize-20110316,0,7314863.story

ITEM: The Aspen Festival and School turn to Atlanta Symphony’s Robert Spano (below) for a new director:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/robert-spano-headed-to-aspen

ITEM: Americans are trying to import Venezuela’s famed “el sistema” music education system that produced Gustavo Dudamel (below):

http://www.npr.org/2011/03/15/134567922/the-road-to-an-american-el-sistema

ITEM: A new photo of Chopin on his deathbed has been found – or  has it?:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/10/AR2011031001937.html

ITEM: Should James Levine leave the Metropolitan Opera as well as the Boston Symphony? A blogger for New York Magazine thinks so:

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/03/justin_davidson_on_the_disappe.html

ITEM: Famed oboist Heinz Holliger (below) and Robert Schumann are profiled and celebrated in London:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/heinz-holliger-profiled-in-london

ITEM: Gifted conductor Yakov Kreizberg dies at 51:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/03/16/134592101/conductor-yakov-kreizberg-dead-at-51

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/stephenhough/100052200/the-sad-and-too-early-death-of-yakov-kreizberg/


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