The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Here are this year’s inductees into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. | October 16, 2012

By Jacob Stockinger

Sorry, not this year, Yuja Wang or Lola Astanova.

The Ear knew about the well-publicized Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame and several others.

But I don’t think I ever knew about the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum (a photo of its exterior is below) – or if I did, I had forgotten about it.

Maybe classical music isn’t as moribund or unpopular or outdated as we are being led to believe! 

Anyway, here is a link to a story about the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum (a photo of its interior is below). It also features special and permanent exhibits, and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can find an impressive list of the distinguished inductees going back to 1998 in the hall’s Wikipedia entry.

Sure sounds like I’ll have to add this institution as a MUST-SEE if I ever visit Cincinnati.

Some of the names of the eight new inductees should be quite familiar to you. Anyone care to guess at them?

How many have you heard live? Recorded?

How many have  you hear about and how many are unfamiliar to you?

What names would you nominate for induction next year?

Read the story – here’s a link to the museum’s website:

And here is a link to a story about this year’s gala induction ceremony, with too many photos of patrons and too few photos of the artists.

Then let us know what you think in the COMMENT section.

The Ear wants to hear.

1 Comment »

  1. Heard of all the individuals, the Opera America is unknown to me. The Philly Phil, well, sure why not…Dale Warland has done a TON of choral music, which gets sung a LOT, but not on big fancy stages.
    Steve Reich and David Zinman do their thing, for sure, but what is the REAL criteria for getting inducted? Just like Contemporary Keyboard magazine’s Hall of Fame, eventually, everyone who is any good or the least bit well known gets nominated or elected.
    If it makes people stop, look, and then listen, it serves a function. If it provides some musicians with a day gig, it serves a function. IF they serve food, I’ll go there when I am in Cincy. To quote a “friend” of Ebenezer Scrooge, upon hearing of his passing, ” I’ll go the the funeral, if there is a meal. But, I must be fed…”

    Comment by Michael BB — November 1, 2012 @ 9:50 am

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