The year 2014 saw plenty of highs and lows in classical music, as we hear from music critics Anne Midgette, David Patrick Stearns and Zachary Woolfe.
In 2014, blogger Fred Plotkin heard 76 opera performances by 28 companies. "I am happy to report that there is a lot of wonderful, innovative work being done everywhere," he reports.
Cast your vote for up to five of your most-favorite classical pieces. Based on your responses, we'll close out 2014 by counting down the 100 most-requested pieces.
Sunday at 7 pm, hear Julian Wachner conduct Handel’s classic oratorio from Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, the venue where it received its U.S. premiere in 1770.
We've collected 15 notable gifts for the classical lover on your list this holiday season, for those who proudly wear their love of music on their sleeve to those who listen to it.
2014 was a busy year for contemporary classical music. Here's our list of the artists that might've slipped your radar, but who caught the attention of the Q2 Music staff in a big way.
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- New York City Ballet Names Andrew Litton Music Director
- Nuns Vied With Bach For Top-Selling Albums of 2014
- Enough of Handel's Messiah? Try One by Monty Python's Eric Idle