Classical Clicks: Lawrence Brownlee's Pledge for Autism Awareness

Thursday, September 01, 2016

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Lawrence Brownlee's latest recording is 'Spiritual Sketches.' Tenor Lawrence Brownlee has entered a challenge to lose pounds to raise autism awareness. (Dale Pickett/Courtesy of the artist)

Here, at the WQXR office, we read about, watch and listen to a lot of classical music. Our favorite stories from this week include an tour of Philadelphia's decaying Metropolitan Opera House by drones, why choreographers avoid Mozart, a first-time visit to Bayreuth and more. Please tell us what you are reading and watching in the comments below.

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who's been on a bit of a health kick recently (he's down almost 20 pounds since the start of 2016) has announced a weight-loss challenge for the month of September: For every pound he loses he'll donate money towards autism awareness. It's a cause close to Brownlee's heart — his 6-year-old son was diagnosed with the disorder.

Janet Malcom profiles pianist Yuja Wang, her exhilarating performances and her controversial wardrobe choices. (The New Yorker)

Michael Tilson Thomas on Steve Reich: “This man writes great notes.” (Vanity Fair)

Sara Fishko explores David Lang’s new opera at BAM, the Loser, based on story of a fictional pianist living in the shadow of Glenn Gould. (WNYC

Bob Marley–loving 17-year-old cellist, Sheku Kanneh Mason, who is this year's BBC Young Musician, hits the nail on the head: "Classical music is not elitist ... The real problem is the fact that it’s expensive." (The Guardian)

A new opera house opens in Dubai. (The Telegraph)

Anna Netrebko’s new album, Verismo, gets a rave review. (The Oberver)

NPR looks at the season of new music that lies ahead. (Deceptive Cadence)

What's Wandelweiser? Alex Ross explains. (The New Yorker)

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