The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Metropolitan Opera will tour to disaster-stricken Japan. New Mexico Symphony Orchestra falls into silence. Composer Peter Lieberman dies. Sony head and opera baritone Norio Ohga dies. Philip Glass founds a new festival.

April 30, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

This is getting to be upsetting, with so many obituaries for individuals and for symphony orchestras to include each week.

It’s been a dark spring, as far as The Ear is concerned.

Still, there are some bright spots.

Take a look:

ITEM: And another one bites the dust. A week after the Philadelphia Orchestra files for bankruptcy, so does the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra:

http://www.denverpost.com/arcade/ci_17891878

ITEM: Despite initial health concerns, the Metropolitan Opera will go ahead with a tour to disaster-stricken Japan:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/19/metropolitan-opera-to-make-japan-trip/

ITEM: American composer Peter Lieberson dies at 64, just five years after his singer wife Lorraine Hunt Lieberson dies. Hear some of his music and read the details:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/04/25/135703102/composer-peter-lieberson-dies-at-64?ps=cprs

ITEM: Former opera singer Norio Ohga, who headed Sony and invented the CD and also conducted, dies:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/norio-ohga-former-president-and-chairman-of-sony-has-died

ITEM: The young American conductor John Axelrod is chosen to head the Verdi Symphony in Milan, Italy:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/john-axelrod-becomes-principal-conductor-of-milans-giuseppe-verdi-symphony-orch

ITEM:  If you think of early music pioneer John Eliot Gardiner as devoted to baroque German music, think again, which is why he was honored by the French:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/sir-john-eliot-gardiner-becomes-a-chevalier-de-la-légion-dhonneur

ITEM: Composer Philip Glass, 74, establishes his own summer festival in California:

http://www.sfcv.org/article/philip-glass-founds-new-arts-festival-in-carmel-valley


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