The Highs and Lows of 2014 in Classical Music

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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.

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A Second Act for City Opera?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

There are still hoops to be jumped through, but it looks like, as Monty Python would say, New York City Opera is not dead yet.

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Cash Aside, Are Music Prizes Meaningful?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

How many big-money awards are given because of altruism and how many are, to put it frankly, good marketing gimmicks? Hear what two observers of the awards business have to say.

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How Attached Are New Yorkers to the Name Avery Fisher Hall?

Friday, November 21, 2014

With the recent announcement that Lincoln Center will release Avery Fisher Hall's naming rights, the question of brand recognition comes into sharper focus.

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Is Faith Required To Perform Sacred Classical Music?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Do the best performances of Bach – or of any sacred work – come from musicians who identify with their spiritual message?

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Dejan Lazic, Pianist Who Demanded Removal of Review, Confronts Critic

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The pianist Dejan Lazic wants Google to remove a critical review from its search results. He explains why to the critic, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post.

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How Young Is Too Young to Attend Concerts?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A recent incident in Florida caused quite a sensation on the Internet and raised questions including, what is the appropriate age for kids to start attending grown-up concerts?

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Vladimir Jurowski and the Art of Musical Rebellion

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski has strong feelings about his native Russia, whether parsing the political subtexts in Soviet repertoire or addressing modern-day civil liberties.

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Ulster Orchestra Endured Northern Ireland's 'Troubles,' Now Battles Funding Crisis

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Ulster Orchestra played on through the 1970s and '80s, despite bomb threats. But can it survive 2014?

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Could That Disruptive Protest Actually Help You Appreciate the Music?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Protests in the concert hall are nothing new: think of the riot-inducing premiere of Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' in 1913. Sometimes they can shed light on the music.

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Is It Time to Stop Calling Classical Music 'Relaxing?'

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Classical music's soothing qualities are well known. But some argue that focusing on this feeds a misperception that the artform is benign and boring.

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Atlanta Symphony Fans Brace for Chilly Times in 'Hotlanta'

Thursday, September 25, 2014

As the lockout of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians enters its third week, the two sides appear to be digging in for a long fight.

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Replay: Why People Listen to the Same Music Over and Over

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Nostalgia, force of habit and sometimes sheer laziness play a significant role in the kinds of music, movies and books that we consume on a regular basis.

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You Said What on Facebook? Musicians Discover Perils of Oversharing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's no secret that social media can help classical musicians promote their work. But when artists cross certain boundaries, they can find their careers at risk.

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Recovering Addicts Confront Their Demons through Classical Music

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The refined world of classical music is not usually linked to addiction. But a British TV documentary opens the door to a lesser-known side of the business.

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Sorry, Memorizing Doesn't Make You a Better Musician. Or Does It?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Memorization can liberate a performer, but it can also inhibit them, creating an unnecessary fear of forgetting the music.

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How to Solve the Met Labor Dispute: Three Views

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Where will the Metropolitan Opera labor dispute end up? And how are the different parties making their cases? In this week's podcast, three views on the topic.

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Senator Jack Reed: We Need Carry-On Rules for Instruments

Friday, August 01, 2014

In this exclusive interview with WQXR, Senator Jack Reed says that without clear regulations, airlines will operate in a gray area and musicians will face more troubles.

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Are Virtuosos Born or Bred? New Paper Renews Debate Over Practice

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Becoming an expert takes more than practice, according to a new scientific paper. In fact, success mostly reflects other factors, like innate talent, age or competition experience.

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Why Parks Concerts Are No Picnic for Musicians

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Outdoor summer concerts present many hazards: relentless mosquitoes, noisy airplanes, chatty audiences, and stages baked by the afternoon sun. In this podcast, hear stories from the trenches.

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