Some unfortunate news this morning:
"Daniel Barenboim, 63, conductor of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, remained in a clinic Saturday in the German capital, a day after he was rushed to hospital half an hour before a Mozart 250th anniversary gala concert." More here.
Barenboim, the widely estemmed Argentine pianist and conductor, recently won the classical music world's elite Siemen's Music Prize (the award money he has comitted to renovations of Berlin's State Opera and his Music Education Foundation. He finishes up his time with the Chicago Symphony this years and is rumored to have his eye on Muti's old post at La Scala.