The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: It’s Pro Arte Quartet Day No. 2. Classical music is the hardest category on “Jeopardy.” Universal Music acquires EMI, leaving just 3 major “players” in classical recordings. Fragments of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 8 are found and performed in Helsinki. And now there is a video game to practice your skills as a stage manager.

November 19, 2011
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A REMINDER-ALERT: It’s PRO ARTE QUARTET DAY NO. 2. At 3-5 p.m. in the Plenary Room of the Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave. Lecture on “The Artist As Distant Early Warning System” by Bill McGlaughlin, host of NPR’s “Exploring Music,” followed by a question-and-answer session. Then at 8 p.m. in Mills Hall in the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park St. Second of the four concerts with the WORLD PREMIERES of commissioned works: The Pro Arte Quartet (below, in a photo by Rick Langer) and pianist Brian Hsu will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 in D Major (1949), Beethoven’s Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (1826, often considered his finest quartet), and the world premiere of Paul Schoenfield’s “Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet” (2011),  with sections based on the doo-wop song “Get a Job,” on a Henry James short story and on klezmer music.  (Pre-concert events with introductions to Paul Schoenfield and NPR’s “Exploring Music” host Bill McGlaughlin with questions from the audience at 7-7:30 p.m. There will be a free post-concert dessert reception at the nearby University Club.) FREE ADMISSION.

By Jacob Stockinger

The news brief this time have less to do with musicians directly, and more to do with music indirectly or even tangentially:

ITEM: Another mergers and acquisition deal means that Universal Music (Deutsche Grammophon and Decca) has acquired EMI recordings, including the labels EMI and Virgin. What does it all mean?

ITEM: Question: What is “Classical Music”? Answer: The hardest category to answer on the popular quiz show “Jeopardy. Don’t believe it? Look at this:

ITEM: Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (below) never completed an eighth symphony. But now fragments have been found and performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic:’-eighth-fragments

ITEM: Think you know how to do it better? You can play Stage Manager for opera or ballet with a new video game called “The Show Must Go On” (below) from the Royal Opera House. And it gets high user ratings too:

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