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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Arias in the Arena: Are Sporting Events Good for Opera?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

We're halfway into 2014 and opera has already worked its way into three of the year's biggest athletic events. In this podcast, two opera-watchers tell us what they think is driving the phenomenon, plus what's worked and what hasn't.

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Met's Klinghoffer Cancellation Reignites Old Debates

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's decision last week to drop its HD and radio broadcasts of The Death of Klinghoffer continues to draw strong responses.

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When Art and Sensitivity Clash: The 'Klinghoffer' Broadcast Cancellation

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some have called the Met's decision to cancel broadcasts of the opera The Death of Klinghoffer sensible; others have said it showed a lack of courage of artistic convictions.

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Behind Richard Strauss's Murky Relationship with the Nazis

Thursday, June 05, 2014

As the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss arrives, our latest podcast considers the composer's activities under the Nazi regime, and how his later works should be judged.

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Can Cleveland Really Attract the Country's Youngest Orchestra Audience?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Four years ago, the Cleveland Orchestra saw aging fans as a significant concern and set itself an ambitious goal. Here's how it happened.

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Orchestras Move at Adagio Pace in Hiring Black and Latino Musicians

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Only about four percent of American orchestra musicians are black and Latino, a number that has changed little in recent history.

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What's Gone Wrong with Encores?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Encores are a form of spontaneous expression in concerts but to some observers, they are maddeningly routine and uninspired. In this week's Conducting Business, hear how the tradition can be revitalized.

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Orchestras Issue Their Own Recordings: Vanity or Good P.R.?

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Why would the Berlin Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony and Daniel Barenboim start their own record labels in this day and age? You won't believe what three experts have to say.

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Colorado Symphony Sparks Up a Concert Series for Marijuana Users

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In a bid to attract a new and younger audience, the Denver-based orchestra has announced "Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series," four marijuana-themed concerts.

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Ivory Ban Good for Elephants, a Headache for Musicians

Thursday, April 24, 2014

New Federal rules aimed at protecting Africa's endangered elephants are sending shock waves through parts of the music world. Hear why in this podcast.

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As Record Store Day Returns, Where Can Classical Buyers Shop?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

J&R has apparently gone the way of Tower Records, HMV, Virgin Megastore, Sam Goody and other brick-and-mortar shops in New York. As Record Store Day returns, here's where classical shoppers can turn.

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Are American Orchestras ‘Blatantly Ignoring’ American Music?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Only a small handful of American works are staples of the orchestra repertoire. Some feel this not just an oversight, but a disgrace.

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