The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: This week’s memorable milestones show that Madison knows how to pick great young talent. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein is a certified “genius.” Conductor Kurt Sandlering dies at 98. Early music pioneer Christopher Hogwood turns 70. BBC Proms set another record.

September 24, 2011
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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:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/alisa-weilerstein-named-a-macarthur-foundation-fellow

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/09/20/140627759/cellist-alisa-weilerstein-among-macarthur-grant-winners

ITEM: Famed conductor Kurt Sanderling (below) – who has three conductor sons – has died at 98:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/the-conductor-kurt-sanderling-has-died

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/09/19/140605808/conductor-kurt-sanderling-dies-at-98

ITEM: Early music maestro and keyboard-scholar Christopher Hogwood (below, in a photo by Rosa Frank) has turned 70:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/happy-birthday-christopher-hogwood

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?

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2011/09/178_94911.html

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?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-14859471

ITEM: Good news, bad news: Italian opera conductor Fabio Luisi (below) is chosen to replace the Metropolitan Opera’s ailing James Levine – but gets sued by Rome Opera.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/sep/12/fight-opera-conductor-quits-italy

ITEM: Seattle Symphony (below) comes up with a great – and obvious — way to fill seats and build audiences among young people:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artspage/2016196726_take_your_kids_to_seattle_symphony_for_free.html?prmid=head_main



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