Al Schmitt, Grammy winning engineer and producer, dead at 91

Twenty-time Grammy winner Al Schmitt worked with everyone from Sam Cooke to Steely Dan to Frank Sinatra.

Mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig dies at 93

Ludwig, a renowned interpreter of Wagner, Mozart and Strauss who starred on the world’s great stages for four decades, had died at her home in Klosterneuburg, Austria.

CSO Announces Next Mead Composer-in-Residence

Riccardo Muti has appointed Jessie Montgomery as the Mead Composer-in-Residence. Montgomery will succeed the CSO’s current composer-in-residence, Missy Mazzoli, in July of this year.

LA Phil’s Dudamel to become music director of Paris Opera

Gustavo Dudamel will become music director of the Paris Opera while continuing his commitment to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Geffen Hall rebuild speeded due to virus, reopen in fall ’22

The plan is now to reopen the auditorium in the fall of 2022, about 1-1/2 years ahead of the original schedule.