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By Mona Seghatoleslami
 · January 17, 2011

Jim Lange’s back on the radio, and I’m back to really updating Classically Speaking!  First up will be a long overdue posting of a interview with Cedille Records founder and president Jim Ginsburg. Then we’ll catch up with the West Virginia Symphony’s concert at the end of this month featuring music by Douglas Lilburn and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Tchaikovsky Festival next month. 

Here are a just a few recent things that have caught my eyes and ears. 

* Interview with Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Nézet-Séguin because he conducted the very excellent Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera last year. Here's a little bit of that very excellent Carmen:

* Speaking of opera, mark your calendars for February 12th. Movie theaters around the country (including Barboursville and Morgantown, West Virginia) will be broadcasting John Adams's Nixon in China from the Metropolitan Opera, with the composer conducting!  Read more about it in Adams’s blog Hell Mouth and catch a rehearsal picture on Alex Ross’s The Rest is Noise.  (February 12th is also my 30th birthday – won’t you come to the opera to help me celebrate?  Stay tuned to our Facebook page, where I’ll be giving away tickets in a week or two.)

* I’ve been enjoying listening to stuff over on NPR Music when I get the chance. You can listen to a Nashville Symphony Orchestra concert from JanuaryAlso worth checking out: Brooklyn Rider’s Tiny Desk Concert at NPR from this past summer.

What’s on your reading and listening lists?  The snow is disappearing here, but I’m still stuck on Nielsen.

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