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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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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