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In Brief: Orchestral Beginnings/Endings Edition

Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to good things in Blogville and Beyond.
  • Riccardo Muti takes the reins at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Andrew Patner has a report. [The View from Here]

  • Christoph Eschenbach is coming, Christoph Eschenbach is coming! The season begins on Thursday. [Washington Post]

  • Mark Stryker has the news on the last-ditch efforts to resolve contract negotiations at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. [Detroit Free Press]

  • Robert Levin speaks about how he puts himself into a composer's skin, to reconstruct fragmented pieces and improvise cadenzas. [Wall Street Journal]

  • Did Milton actually write a prurient poem attributed to him in an 18th-century anthology? [The Guardian]

  • You should all visit the American Visionary Art Museum on your next visit to Baltimore. Now there is a major French museum dedicated to outsider art, with the reopening today of the expanded and renovated Musée de Villeneuve-d'Ascq, in Lille. [Le Monde]

  • Last year German artist Anselm Kiefer left his former studio, in the French town of Barjac, for a new warehouse-sized studio east of Paris, in an industrial town called Croissy-Beaubourg, reportedly in search of better schools for his children. [La Libre Belgique]

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