13th December – New music, a fungal Stradivarius and Lyric Opera’s new PR manager

Tuesday 13th December 2011

New York Times

Emboldened Orchestras Are Embracing the New.

New music increases in popularity.

As New Composers Flourish, Will They Be Heard?

Club kids are storming music museums.


Belcea Quartet Sign to Zig-Zag Territories.

Label to release ensemble’s complete Beethoven Quartet cycle.

Slipped Disc

The Next Stradivarius Will Be Made Of Mushrooms.

Last week, scientists were using health authority CAT scanners to discover the secrets of Stradivarius violins and make a modern replica.

Chicago Classical Review

Lyric Opera Appoints Renée Fleming’s manager as director of public relations.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago announced late Friday that Alexandra Day has been appointed to the newly created position of director of public relations.

LA Times

James Levine Won’t Return To The Metropolitan Opera Until At Least 2013.

James Levine, the music director for the Metropolitan Opera, will not be back to conduct the orchestra for performances until at least 2013.