A staff-written article at the site of classical radio station WQXR on Wednesday (12/31) covers ten classical-music stories that “blew up on Facebook in 2014. Renée Fleming was accompanied by an Armed Forces Chorus and a recording of the New Jersey Symphony when she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in January.… In November, a video went viral showing the Danish National Chamber Orchestra attempting to perform directly after eating some of the world’s hottest chili peppers.… Eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal joined countryman David Ferrer on for an unusual promotional event at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu.… In March, the Odessa Philharmonic and Odessa Opera Chorus in March staged an ‘Ode to Joy’ performance in a crowded market.… The musicians told a local newspaper that they wanted to make a statement about Ukrainian unity, so they selected this ode to unity and brotherhood…. What do you do when a 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolts your concert hall while you’re playing Ravel? If you’re the LA Phil, you keep playing. And you post a recording of the episode to YouTube.” The widely watched video showed a March 30 performance at Disney Concert Hall of Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloé, led by Charles Dutoit.

Posted January 5, 2015