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Despite All The Problems , The Classical Music Season Has Begun And Is Going Strong !

  Yes,  too many American orchestras and opera companies are experiencing serious financial difficultes  and even  some of those in Europe .  And to make matters worse ,  the Atlanta symphony ,  the Minnesota orchestra  in Minneapolis and the Indianapolis symphony  are struggling with labor disputes which have  kept their seasons from opening as usual .  Maestro James Levine is still  beset with health problems  and will be absent from the Metropolitan opera's roster of conductors for the first time  in forty years .  The Boston symphony is still searching for the right conductor to  take his place as music director . 

   But the season as a whole has been  going strong for  a month now,  and  the young  and highly gifted  French Canadian conductor  Yannick Nezet- Seguin  has  taken the rens of the August Philadelphia orchestra and hopes are running high  for him to  revitalize this great orchestra .  Riccardo Muti , beginning his third season as music director of the great Chicago symphony , has just completed a critically acclaimed set of concerts in  Carnegie hall  . 

   The world's opera houses  are  set to present an amazingly wide variety of operas  ranging over  four centuries  -  a diversity of repertoire  unprecendented in the history of opera .  Great   conductors such as  Muti, Pierre Boulez , Daniel Barenboim ,  Bernard Haitink ,  Mariss jansons ,  Claudio Abbado , Valery Gergiev ,  Leonard Slatkin , Neeme Jarvi , Kent Nagano , Simon Rattle ,  Christian Thielemann , Riccardo Chailly ,  Michael Tilson Thomas , and others  are  very much in action ,  and  young lions of the podium such as Gustavo Dudamel , Nezet-Seguin,  Andris Nelsons  and others  are establishing themselves as  conductors of stature . 

   There is an abundance of highly talented talented young conductors ,  instrumentalists  and opera singers  is emerging  all over the  classical music world ,  and new works by a wide variety of  contemporary  composers is being performed  .  As far as this observer of the classical music scene is concerned , the glass is  more than half full , and not half empty by any means .  Classical music  is very much alive and kicking , and will  endure .  You can't keep a great art form down ! 

Posted: Oct 08 2012, 10:25 PM by the horn | with no comments
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