SAN FRANCISCO PREFERS –

– classical music. The city’s only classical music radio station is the top music station in town, narrowly beating an adult-contemporary station. “The breezy, unchallenging classical format currently in favor at KDFC may have raised the ire of committed music lovers, but the station clearly has found a niche among a wider Bay Area audience.” – San Francisco Chronicle

ATLANTA SYMPHONY chooses –

– Brooklyn Philharmonic’s well-regarded Robert Spano as its new music director. Atlanta’s budget is $21 million and has an endowment nearing $70 million, making it the largest performing arts organization in the Southeastern US. It is ranked 13th in budget size by the American Symphony Orchestra League. Spano is considered among the most important young American conductors. – New York Times

OPERA RULES

Connecticut’s Goodspeed Opera House, has for years talked about building a larger, state-of-the-art facility to complement his Victorian candy box of a theater in the town of East Haddam. Now the company is planning not just for a new theater but for the literal transformation of the town, with theaters, new retail space for galleries, restaurants and specialty shops, a pedestrian plaza, a possible musical theater school, a 30,000-square-foot scene shop, riverfront walkways and, most dramatic of all, a showboat with a 700-seat dinner theater cruising the river. – Hartford Courant

MIDI-MOZARTS

New generation of music software effectively allows anyone with a computer to be a musician. “The current technology allows someone without any musical knowledge to effectively collage together music out of other people’s music,” says one software pioneer. “Forget about home studios and samplers. Increasingly sophisticated software and a slew of new beat-generating synthesizers have further democratized music-making, putting professional production tools in the hands of anyone, no formal training required. It doesn’t even cost much: Some of the software can be had for 49 bucks.” – Philadelphia Inquirer