By Jacob Stockinger
The week brings some major milestones, especially for conductors and especially some good news for those who book classical music performers for Madison organizations.
ITEM: Madison sure knows how to pick up-and-coming talent. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein (below), who has performed with the Madison Symphony Orchestra. The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and a recital at the Wisconsin Union Theater, is among this year’s 22 new MacArthur “genius grant” recipients:
ITEM: Famed conductor Kurt Sanderling (below) – who has three conductor sons – has died at 98:
ITEM: Early music maestro and keyboard-scholar Christopher Hogwood (below, in a photo by Rosa Frank) has turned 70:
ITEM: First, it was Nobel prize candidate Daniel Barenboim making peace with Israelis and Palestinians through the West-East Divan Orchestra. Can a joint symphony orchestra under conductor Myung-Whun Chung (below) bring North Korea and South Korea closer?
ITEM: The BBC Proms (below) concerts set another record for audiences. What is their secret to their success and can other presenters and groups replicate it or learn from it?
ITEM: Seattle Symphony (below) comes up with a great – and obvious — way to fill seats and build audiences among young people: