Brian Wise covers the classical music business for WQXR, including aspects of performance, technology, philanthropy and institutional trends. He produces the Café Concerts series and the podcast/show Conducting Business. He manages the station's homepage and makes sure what you hear on air is what you see online. Follow him on Twitter at @Briancwise.
Poll: The Biggest Classical Music Story of 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 10:37 AM
The year 2011 in the classical music world was one of financial hardships and artistic successes. The Philadelphia Orchestra and Louisville Orchestra spent much of the year in bankruptcy proceedings. The Syracuse and New Mexico symphonies folded while the Detroit Symphony emerged from a six-month strike in April with still-significant challenges ahead. New York City Opera left Lincoln Center and announced plans for a reduced touring season as a way to slash costs.
Meanwhile, the injury-plagued conductor James Levine stepped down from his post at the Boston Symphony while announcing that he is cancelling all dates at the Metropolitan Opera through 2013. Borders books closed, EMI Records was unloaded at a fire sale, and some of the biggest recording stars were not old enough to drive, notably 11-year-old Jackie Evancho and the rising "popera" group Il Volo.
The year also saw new concert halls in Montreal and Kansas City and arts organizations making new uses of technology. What do you think was the year's biggest story? What will continue to make waves in 2012? Take our poll and leave a comment below.