Arvo Pärt of Estonia numbers among the most prominent and frequently played living composers. He fills vast spaces with just a few notes. Now, he's been honored with his own music center in the forests of Estonia.
Over 2,000 artists dealt with the idea of "fate," which was this year's motto at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. Despite a varied and exciting program, sales for the festival could have been better.
Best known as the composer of West Side Story, the all-round musical genius had a spectacular conducting style and a contagious enthusiasm for communicating his art. A tribute to Bernstein on the centennial of his birth.
Jose Antonio Abreu was a beloved figure in Venezuela — a man whose youth orchestra program aimed to lift people out of poverty. The president has ordered three days of national mourning.
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