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Anne Midgette: 2015: The year in classical music
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2015: The year in classical music

A look back at the top stories, trends and memorable performances in the field of classical music.

Pop goes the orchestra: In December, the country star Taylor Swift gave $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony, in part because of her admiration of their CD of John Luther Adams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning piece “Become Ocean.” It was the latest manifestation of a years-long trend that indicates that while orchestras may be struggling for relevance in the world at large, they’ve lost none of their cachet among pop artists who still see them, in the words of the singer-songwriter Ben Folds (who played his own piano concerto with the NSO in December), as “the artistic symbol of civilization.” Now if orchestras could only figure out how to collaborate with them a little more effectively.


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