In the spirit of the obligatory year-end review, I've been taking a look at this blog and website (2009 edition).
It's been a year when Classical Notes has traveled to the UK, with VocalEssence, and to the Piano e-Competition, right here in town. We've noted, with sadness, the deaths of Anne Wiggins Brown, Erich Kunzel, Alicia de Larrocha, Paul Manz, and Michael Steinberg, to name a few. You, our faithful readers, have weighed in on the music at Barack Obama's inaugural, Krystian Zimerman's politics, composers who will stand the test of time, and the price of tickets.
The tough economy has been felt everywhere, the classical scene included: we've looked at some of its effects, and at advice on weathering the storm. It wouldn't have been a blog without occasional goofy humor, and it wouldn't have been a classical music publication if we hadn't noted the well-publicized arrival of Gustavo Dudamel. (At this rate, the sash around the New Year's baby is going to read "El Sistema.")
Thanks for reading, thanks for listening, and best wishes for 2010!