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A testy Riccardo Muti halts the Chicago Symphony when an audience member coughs. …

Miami is the largest city in the country without its own full-time professional orchestra. Now there’s a call for one. …

A music critic takes a crack at naming the 25 greatest American symphonies. …

New statistics show that 95 percent of classical concerts feature male composers only. …

The venerable Dallas Symphony names a new music director, a big name. …

A new book explores the topic of Leonard Bernstein as a grand and impossible father. …

An important Russian conductor — Gennady Rozhdestvensky — has died. …

The Chicago Tribune‘s music critic for 40 years writes his farewell column. …

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Tim Page reviews — or ponders — the largest boxed set of CDs ever produced (all conducted by Herbert von Karajan)….

Soprano Nina Stemme is awarded the Birgit Nilsson Prize and lots of money….

Anne Akiko Meyers, who visits Pacific Symphony in June, talks about playing the world’s most expensive violin….

Acclaimed composer Charles Wuorinen gives a really cranky interview to The New York Times….

Police were called in Ohio after a man playing bassoon was thought to have a gun….

A celebrated American film director will make his debut directing opera at La Scala next season….

A new classical music talent show may be on television soon and Plácido Domingo might be a judge….

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An inside look at James Levine’s lawsuit against the Metropolitan Opera….

The musicians of the Atlanta Symphony have a new contract, negotiated without rancor….

John Williams’ next “Star Wars” film will be his last….

Here’s a fresh idea for a classical concert — Poems While You Wait….

Several classical titles have been named to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress, including Artur Schnabel’s complete recording of the Beethoven piano sonatas….

Zack Ferriday makes a strong case for ditching the term “Maestro”….

José Abreu, founder of Venezuela’s El SIstema, has died….

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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. …

 

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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. …

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

Miscellany

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

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.