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  • 1. 
    In a year overstuffed with projects, which of these did conductor Gustavo Dudamel not get around to? Deutsche Grammophon
    • A. 

      Conducted all of Mahler's symphonies twice in back-to-back performances on two continents

    • B. 

      Wrote a film score

    • C. 

      Mounted a production of 'Eugene Onegin' in two weeks

    • D. 

      Took four orchestras on international tours on three continents

  • 2. 
    Which American orchestra emerged from bankruptcy? Melanie Burford/NPR
    • A. 

      Atlanta Symphony

    • B. 

      Philadelphia Orchestra

    • C. 

      Minnesota Orchestra

    • D. 

      Detroit Symphony

  • 3. 
    Which American conductor announced he'll be making a move Down Under in 2014 to take over Australia's Sydney Symphony? iStockphoto.com
    • A. 

      Robert Spano

    • B. 

      James Levine

    • C. 

      Marin Alsop

    • D. 

      David Robertson

  • 4. 
    Which venerable American music festival celebrated its 75th anniversary? Wolftrap
    • A. 

      Tanglewood

    • B. 

      Marlboro

    • C. 

      Ravinia

    • D. 

      Caramoor

  • 5. 
    Opera star Cecilia Bartoli dressed like what on the cover of her latest album?
    • A. 

      A marble statue

    • B. 

      An opera diva

    • C. 

      A priest

    • D. 

      A Private Detective

  • 6. 
    Which choral work became a surprise hit after being featured in the novel 50 Shades of Grey?
    • A. 

      Miserere (by Allegri)

    • B. 

      Spem in Alium (by Tallis)

    • C. 

      Spam in Aluminum (by Pythonius)

    • D. 

      Song for Athene (by Tavener)

  • 7. 
    The teeth of which composer were stolen from his grave? iStockphoto.com
    • A. 

      Beethoven

    • B. 

      Brahms

    • C. 

      Mozart

    • D. 

      Elgar

  • 8. 
    Which famous pianist sold more than 150 personal items at Christie's auction house? iStockphoto.com
    • A. 

      Leon Fleisher

    • B. 

      Byron Janis

    • C. 

      Martha Argerich

    • D. 

      Van Cliburn

  • 9. 
    Which opera production was trashed by a critic as: "Pound for pound the most witless and wasteful production in modern operatic history?" Wikimediacommons
    • A. 

      Wagner's 'Ring' cycle in Los Angeles

    • B. 

      Glass' 'Einstein on the Beach' in Brooklyn

    • C. 

      Wagner's 'Ring' cycle in New York

    • D. 

      Stockhausen's 'Light' in Lithuania

  • 10. 
    A significant work by which long dead composer was discovered in a Dresden library? iStockphoto.com
    • A. 

      Antonio Vivaldi

    • B. 

      J. S. Bach

    • C. 

      Leos Janacek

    • D. 

      Uuno Klami

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