Well, it's happened again. I went to the New York Times 'Music' section and found many amazing articles! I'll list the links to them after a brief description.
The New York Times embraces music! Their new(?) hall, called the Times Center, hosted a concert that kicks off an entire series. It was interesting for me to read this review, as it comments on everything from time/style period to using electronic sound enhancement features in venues.
Music has always been one of the greatest ambassadors, bridging countries and cultures. This article specifically struck me because of our discussion in class. The New York Philharmonic is making preliminary plans to visit one of the world's most secretive countries: North Korea.
Another famous quartet, the Kronos Quartet, has been busy breaking barriers with a modern performance of "'Uniko' - a long, often loud, always generous composite of sound, light and action by Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen (taken from article)" If anyone knows more about this piece, or the other pieces mentioned, please enlighten us!
Finally, news from the technology front! Apple's I-pod has been the leader in the personal portable music device race, but Bill Gates is preparing to offer up some stiff competition. Here's your chance to read about his plans for digital music, file sharing, and the second generation of 'Zune'.
That's all I've found so far, but I'll post 'em as I find 'em.