Monday Morning Classical News Round-up

Musicians warm up on the stage of Detroit's Symphony Hall
Musicians warm up on the stage of Detroit's Symphony Hall. The Orchestra's President, Anne Parsons, has reached an agreement to stay on for another 3 years.
11:35AM
June
6, 2011

A few headlines for your Monday morning: Detroit Symphony President Anne Parsons signs on for another three years, The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas is no more and the Primrose International Viola Competition has named a winner.

Classical Headlines: Classical 101 at the Columbus Arts Festival

columbus arts festival logo
The Columbus Arts Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
8:50AM
June 3, 2011

A reminder not to miss Classical 101′s Jennifer Hambrick today at noon (Friday, June 3) at the Columbus Arts Festival and a few other classical headlines as you head into your weekend.

Classical Headlines: New York Philharmonic on the Move (Maybe)

Jason Weinberger conducts
Jason Weinberger, resident conductor of the Louisville Orchestra. The orchestra is a focus this week of positive stories as it plans to emerge from bankruptcy.
8:00AM
June
2, 2011

Todays classical headlines include more on the musical journey out of bankruptcy for the Louisville Orchestra, a (possible) temporary home for the New York Philharmonic and last-minute cancellations on the Met’s upcoming tour of Japan.

Can Classical Music Calm Your Cat? Researchers Think So!

Cat on a table in a veterinarian's office
Classical music could make it less of a chore to take your cat to the veterinarian.
3:05PM
June
1, 2011

A new study looks at the effects of classical music on cats and caregivers in veterinary waiting rooms. Meow!

Must See (Classical and Opera) TV Tonight on PBS

Janis Kelly and James Maddalena in
Selections from The Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams' "Nixon in China" airs tonight on PBS.
5:22PM
May
31, 2011

Two must-see classical programs on PBS tonight, bass Giorgio Tozzi has died, Minnesota Public Radio features musicians under 30, and the Van Cliburn amateur piano competition has a winner.

Four Reasons to Be Optimistic About The Future of Classical Music

Joshua Bell on violin.
Joshua Bell was just appointed as the new Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
9:28AM
May 31, 2011

Joshua Bell takes over as music director of the one of the world’s most celebrated chamber orchestras. And three more reasons to be optimistic about classical music (and that’s just today).

How One Young Composer Turned a Deadly Virus Into Beautiful Music

composer Alexandra Pajak seated with a laptop
Composer Alexandra Pajak has written a number of musical works inspired by genetic material.
10:00AM
May
28, 2011

Composer Alexandra Pajak used the raw genetic material of the HIV virus as inspiration for a new instrumental work, Sounds of HIV. Recorded by the Sequence Ensemble, proceeds from the sales of the album go to support the Emory Vaccine Center.

Classical Headlines for May 27, 2011

Video game art installation by Cory Arcangel
Video game artists Cory Arcangel's project for The Curve, co-commissioned by Whitney Museum of American Art, is an installation of 14 bowling video games from the 1970s to the 2000s.
10:07AM
May
27, 2011

More video game art, the Asian Festival at Franklin Park Conservatory and more fallout from a recent decision by the NYC Opera to shrink their season and move from Lincoln Center.

Classical Headlines for May 26, 2011

concertgoers in lawn chairs watch a picnic with the pops performance on the lawn of the chemical abstracts service
The Picnic with the Pops summer concert series (currently held on the lawn of the Chemical Abstracts Service) will move to the new Columbus Commons for the 2012 season.
8:00AM
May
26, 2011

The first of what we hope will be a regular feature on the new Classical 101 website, here’s a roundup of some top classical music stories we’ve been following.