The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: Boston Symphony seeks James Levine’s replacement. The Brits love weather in music. A lost Beethoven quartet movement is reconstructed. McDonald’s worker sings opera.

October 1, 2011
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A REMINDER: This week’s “Sunday Afternoon Live from the Chazen” features the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society from 12:30 to 12 p.m.p.m. in Brittingham Gallery Number III at the Chazen Museum of Art. It will be broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio. The concert will feature chamber music played by Stephanie Jutt, flute, Felicia Moye, violin, Andrea Kleesattel, cello, and Eli Kalman, piano. The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society celebrated its 20th year this past summer. Sunday’s program includes music by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Bohuslav Martinu, Sergei Prokofiev and Astor Piazzolla.

By Jacob Stockinger

It’s another mixed bag this week, when it comes to news clips. Some things are important and other things are just interesting. But all make a good read and attest to the interest in classical music.

ITEM: Who will replace James Levine (below, with BSO in 2007 in a photo by Marco Borrgrevve) at the Boston Symphony Orchestra?

http://theclassicalreview.com/2011/09/boston-symphony-launches-a-transitional-season-with-an-eye-toward-future-podium-potential/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2011/09/26/140805329/the-hunt-is-on-who-will-be-the-next-conductor-to-lead-the-bso

ITEM: Researchers say that the British obsession with the weather (below, photo by shutterstock) extends to music:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/british-composers-are-obsessed-with-the-weather

ITEM: The original lost movement (below) of a Beethoven string quartet (Op. 18, No. 2) has been reconstructed and will be performed for the first time in 200 years:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/lost-beethoven-quartet-movement-reconstructed

ITEM: Why don’t the Grammy Awards (below) do this too and recognize a community orchestra?

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/this-years-music-in-the-community-gramophone-award-is-launched

ITEM: Harry Christophers (below) is the head of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, which was founded way back in 1815. He has extended his contract to cover the Society’s bicentennial celebrations:

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/harry-christophers-extends-contract-with-the-handel-and-haydn-society

ITEM: I’m lovin’ it. The Cuban-born, prize-winning tenor, Jose Del Valle, (below) works in McDonald’s by day and sings opera by night:

http://www.whec.com/news/stories/s2285608.shtml

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