Notes on the Arts


Riccardo Muti - music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, but better known in these parts for being Eugene Ormandy's successor in Philadelphia - has won the $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize for his “extraordinary” contributions and influence in the world of music...Philadelphia-born Alfred Genovese, former principal oboist of the Boston Symphony, has died, the Boston Globe reports. Curtis Institute of Music students and graduates are winning honors left and right: pianists Benjamin Hochman and Chu-Fang Huang (pictured), both Curtis alum, are two of the three 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients; and Curtis bass-baritone Joseph Barron, a master's student, is one of five Metropolitan Opera 2011 National Council Auditions Winners. Another winner, soprano Michelle Johnson, studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts.