In case you missed them, a few recent classical music stories:
Seiji Ozawa is scaling back his conducting this year and cancelling his April Carnegie Hall dates in order to recuperate from his recent back surgery.
The Chinese pianist Lang Lang improbably sparked a controversy through his choice of repertoire for a performance at the White House. The pianist later pleaded ignorance about the back-story of the music he played.
And New England Conservatory's controversial decision on El Sistema USA has now been noted by the New York Times. The story is also being digested by outside observers. One of the most clear-eyed analyses comes from arts education expert Nick Rabkin, who writes about how the issue runs much deeper than simply the question of whether NEC has the funds necessary to keep El Sistema USA. (The Globe's recent coverage can be found here and here.)