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Weekend Roundup, in brief

Philip Glass's newest opera had its world premiere last night in Linz, Austria (where the conductor Dennis Russell Davies has his artistic base). Kepler will come to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in October, though in a concert version rather than a full staging. Stay tuned for reviews. (Or, better yet, post one yourself.)

The Philadelphia Orchestra, without a president or music director, is in very, very bad shape.

And a link from this weekend's Washington Post: Leon Kirchner, the composer, died on Thursday after a long illness. His music was dense, expressive, individual. He was also an impressive pianist, conductor, and teacher: his students at Harvard included Yo Yo Ma and John Adams.

By Anne Midgette  |  September 21, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Too bad about both Kirchner and Philly. I have occasionally wondered whether Philly would consider running a bus up from D.C. to take people to their Sunday performances. Or putting together a little 2-day package with bus, hotel, and concert ticket, perhaps a restaurant close to the hall too. Would anyone else think about doing something like that? I would.

I'll save my thoughts about an Orchestra Road Trip for some other time.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | September 21, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. Just wondering: Does the life of Johannes Kepler warrant no less than two operas? I refer of course to the Phillip Glass blurb above and Hindemith's gigantic penultimate opera Harmonie der Welt. I don't think the latter is done much at all nowadays, so I'm thinking PG has a bit of an uphill climb on his hands.

Posted by: BobbyMcc | September 21, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

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