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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San Diego Opera Crisis Underscores Need for Fresh Business Models

Thursday, April 03, 2014

When San Diego Opera decided suddenly to fold after 49 years in business, it declined to consider alternative business models to stay afloat, according to the city's leading music and arts critic.

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Soprano Sharleen Joynt on Resuming an Opera Career After Reality TV's 'The Bachelor'

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sharleen Joynt, a Canadian soprano who is currently an understudy at the Met, talks about how a stint on ABC's "The Bachelor" involved a tricky set of personal and career trade-offs.

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In a Rough Job Market, More Conservatories Stress Business Skills

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some institutions of higher musical learning are trying to bring academic training closer to job market realities. Here's how.

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Can Gustavo Dudamel and El Sistema Navigate Venezuela's Upheaval?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As the LA Phil arrives in New York, its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, faces an increasingly difficult political situation back in his native Venezuela.

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With NYC School Reforms, a Plan for Arts Programs?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

According to an audit by the New York State Comptroller, many city schoolkids do not receive the required amount of hours of instruction or are taught by non-certified teachers.

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Vienna Philharmonic: Facing its Nazi Past But Struggling with Diversity

Thursday, February 27, 2014

While the Vienna Philharmonic has confronted its Nazi-era activities, questions remain about its lack of present-day diversity.

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'Japan's Beethoven': Understanding the Ghost Composer Scandal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The fallout continues from the scandal involving Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted that he’d faked his own deafness and paid someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.

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Russia's Classical Stars Expected at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Details have emerged about the musical lineup in the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Russian music historian Simon Morrison gives us some context.

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Classical Commercials: Can Gounod Sell Shampoo? Actually, Yes.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sunday’s Super Bowl will feature 55 commercials and chances are, some of them will feature a symphony or an opera aria embedded in the soundtrack. Here's a look at how the process works.

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