Florence Price

A Donizetti opera — and probably a good one — will finally have its premiere, 180 years late. …

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has named a new music director. …

And so has the San Diego Symphony. …

What’s more, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest chamber music event also has a new leader, a celebrated pianist. …

Alex Ross in The New Yorker tells the strange tale of composer Florence Price and makes an eloquent case for her inclusion in the repertoire. …

Yes, there are Grammys awarded for classical music, though you wouldn’t know it from the broadcast. …

Joshua Kosman in The San Francisco Chronicle argues for the “monumental influence” of Philip Glass. …



A video of one of Leonard Bernstein’s last rehearsals has recently surfaced. …

The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first major American orchestra to visit South Africa. …

The Houston Symphony has named a new CEO, someone from Orange County. …

A hologram of Maria Callas makes its concert debut and The New York Times is there to see it (her?). …

Mozart beat Beethoven as the most performed classical composer in 2017; Arvo Pärt was the most performed living composer. …

Wow, is Steven Spielberg really going to remake “West Side Story”? …

In New Orleans, they’re reviving a 19th century opera on tabasco, written by an important American composer. …

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon has written a new work for the Chicago Symphony, a Low Brass Concerto that’ll take full advantage of the orchestra’s famed section. …


(Curated classical music news and views from around the internet.)


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Take a hike with composer John Adams in the Sierras, the setting for his new opera on the Gold Rush, “Girls of the Golden West.”…

The artistic director of the venerable Ojai Music Festival is stepping down.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has a new CEO, with some tough shoes to fill….

A Pulitzer Prize-winning composer writes a Symphony for a Broken Orchestra so that a school district can get its instruments repaired….

R.I.P. Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Carol Neblett….

In the wake of Brexit, the European Commission has cancelled the UK’s opportunity to host the European Capital of Culture….

OC Music & Dance community arts school has created a partnership to enhance The Artist of the Year competition for local high school students….

A new box set of Glenn Gould’s brilliant 1955 recording of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” also includes, controversially, the outtakes of the recording sessions.


Herbert von Karajan

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  • Classical musicians the world over know IMSLP (the free International Music Score Library); now the founder speaks….
  • The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition is well underway; performances are about to begin….
  • You, too, can help save the house of Georges Bizet (in French)….
  • The soon-to-be-released complete recordings of Herbert von Karajan on Decca and Deutsche Grammophon are poised to set a Guinness record….
  • The Albany Symphony has just received a donation of $7 million; meanwhile the Detroit Symphony gets $15 million….
  • Critic Tim Page writes a review of the massive new biography of Toscanini….
  • Sarasota Orchestra’s music director Anu Tali is stepping down; her next stop (in December) is Pacific Symphony….
  • After 25 years as a trail-blazing music director of the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas will retire….


Amy Beach, American composer

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A classical music festival in Rhode Island goes horribly wrong….

Kiri Ti Kanawa confirms her retirement from singing….

Another Proms season — the 123rd — is in the books….

Meet the elder statesman of American composers, George Walker….

Study: Listening to Vivaldi boosts creativity….

Bill Murray, classical musician?

Amy Beach, a pioneering American composer, turns 150….


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