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Classical 101

New Kids on the Block...BBC Introduces Next Classical Generation

Classical music's next generation

Good news for those who believe Classical music is dying a slow death...the BBC says not so fast.  Norman Lebrecht has a sneak peak at what, or who, is next on the Classical music horizon. Read Six new kids on the BBC block (Norman Lebrecht-Slipped Disc)

'Slava' to be Honored in Center of Moscow

Mstislav Rostropovich, as well known as a defender of human and artistic freedom as for his musicianship, will be honored with a statue near Moscow's Resurrection Church.  The unveiling is set for March 27th, 2012 on what would have been his 85th birthday. Read Mstislav Rostropovich monument to be set up in center of Moscow (Russia Information Center) Watch Slava play Bach Cello Suite 1: Prelude http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_QR_FTt3E

Is There Room For Individuality in an Orchestra?

Greg Sandow writes that musicians are deeply committed to, but not satisfied by, their work.  Some say that in auditions, it is more important to "do nothing wrong than to do anything particularly well." How can they resolve this contradiction? Read Not so satisfied (Arts Journal)