Composer Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus sparked controversy recently, not just because it raised questions of originality but because it was funded through a consortium of 35 orchestras.
The New York Philharmonic, for various reasons, hasn’t filled certain vacancies in the ensemble for several years. They're not alone. In one case, an orchestra had an open slot for about a decade.
German violin dealer Dietmar Machold lived in an Austrian castle, owned a collection of sports cars and was always impeccably dressed. Over several decades, he allegedly swindled banks, customers and dealers from millions of dollars. It recently all caught up with him.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has 5,085 musical instruments in its collection. The fact that they are rarely played illustrates an ongoing debate about the purpose of musical instruments in museums and the value of performance.
As organizers of the YouTube Symphony prepare for its second edition at the Sydney Opera House in March 2011, new questions are raised about the orchestra's American-Idol-type voting process.
Douglas Quint leads a double life. During the summer, he’s the face of the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, making soft-serve concoctions with some unlikely ingredients. Come November, he's a professional bassoonist.