Why Don’t More Classical Musicians Improvise?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Improvisation is a nearly obsolete art in classical music. But virtuosos used to improvise all the time. This week's episode features two guests who believe it should be kept alive.

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Study Reveals Why the Arts Must Become More Accessible

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Some 31 million American adults said they wanted to go to an arts event in the past year but chose not to. The NEA has published a study exploring a few reasons why.

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New Battle Lines Drawn Between Press and Arts Organizations

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Usually, a polite discourse pervades arts journalism, but two cases underscore the tricky relationship between classical music organizations and the media that covers them.

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Is New York City's Diversity Reflected in its Arts Organizations?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

New York's Department of Cultural Affairs is embarking on the first comprehensive effort to measure racial and ethnic diversity at the city's museums, venues and performance groups.

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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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