Musicians Use Beta Blockers as Performance-Enabling Drugs

Friday, August 16, 2013

Stage fright has long carried a stigma among classical musicians. But some are embracing new methods for coping with the butterflies – from meditation to medication.

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Wagnerites: Classical Music's Most Obsessed Fans

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

When a new production of the Ring Cycle is planned, opera administrators will bank on a significant portion of their audience coming from the ranks of Wagernites or "Ring nuts." Just what makes these fans tick?

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Nashville Symphony's Near-Foreclosure is a Warning to Orchestras

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A symphony orchestra gets a gleaming new concert hall. It’s a symbol of cultural ambition, civic pride and even urban renewal. Or, is it an albatross and a money pit?

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In Philanthropy, Why Naming Rights are the Name of the Game

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Some believe naming rights are a necessary part of philanthropy. Others argue that giving should be a selfless, anonymous act. In this podcast, a look at what's driving the trend.

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Nazi Tannhäuser Renews Debate Over Radical Opera Stagings

Monday, May 13, 2013

Was the opera house in Düsseldorf right to cancel its Nazi-themed Tannhauser? When do radical updates of operas go too far? Listen and tell us what you think.

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100 Years After Stravinsky's 'Rite,' Can Classical Music Still Shock?

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Rite of Spring is practically an audience favorite and rioting in concert halls is unthinkable. But is this a good thing? Does classical music need more scandal?

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Does Classical Music at Train Stations Really Deter Crime?

Monday, April 08, 2013

From Atlanta and Minneapolis to Toronto and London, great composers are used to turn away vagrants and troublemakers drawn to bus stations, malls and parking lots.

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Does Bach Need 'Rescuing' from Period Instruments?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In recent months, symphony orchestras have returned to the music of J.S. Bach with a vengeance. Are they on the right track or should Bach be the domain of early-music specialists?

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Ode to Joystick: Video Game Music Earns Points with Orchestras, Composers

Thursday, February 07, 2013

For the first time a soundtrack for a video game has been nominated for a Grammy. And concerts of music from "Final Fantasy" and "Halo" are staples of pops concerts. Is it serious music?

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Have Cancellations in Opera Gotten Out of Hand?

Friday, January 11, 2013

With influenza reaching epidemic proportions in the United States — and the common cold not far behind — opera singers are dropping out of productions at an alarming rate.

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The Best and Worst of Classical Music in 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In this podcast, three music critics review 2012: Anne Midgette, of the Washington Post; Steve Smith, of the New York Times and Time Out New York; and Heidi Waleson, from the Wall Street Journal.

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Avery Fisher Hall's Extreme Makeover

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Some WQXR.org readers think Lincoln Center should "tear the hall down and start over." We ask three experts for their views on the planned renovation of Avery Fisher Hall.

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How Arts Groups Can Recover Post-Sandy

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What was Superstorm Sandy's larger impact on the arts? What can hard-hit cultural organizations do to recover? In this podcast, three experts discuss what resources are available for artists.

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The Dangerous Business of Being an Opera Singer

Friday, October 12, 2012

With a growing emphasis on HD-quality realism, what physical skills must an opera singer have to make it today? Is opera becoming too dangerous? Listen to our podcast and take our poll.

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Eccentric Genius: Is it Time to Rethink the Cult of Glenn Gould?

Monday, September 24, 2012

On the 80th anniversary of his birth, Gould continues to fascinate, with tribute albums, books and DVDs. How should we consider his impact on the music industry?

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How Troubled Orchestras Can Bounce Back – And Flourish

Friday, September 14, 2012

Recently, WQXR.org polled listeners on what's needed to help troubled orchestras in several American cities. In this segment, we pose your comments to three experts.

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The Pitfalls of Carrying Musical Instruments on Planes

Monday, August 27, 2012

A recent incident involving a checked cello raised new questions of how airlines set rules about which musical instruments are allowed on board.

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In the Wake of Austerity, Europe Grapples with Arts Cuts

Monday, August 06, 2012

Classical music organizations throughout Europe have suffered from funding cuts in the wake of the euro crisis. Has the fat lady sung?

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Music Criticism as Contact Sport

Thursday, July 12, 2012

As almost anyone with a Facebook account knows, classical music criticism is going from spectator sport to participatory activity. In this podcast, three experts ask whether this helps or hurts classical music.

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Should Audiences be 'Allowed' to Clap Whenever They Want?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Recently, a New York orchestra executive argued that audiences at classical music concerts have become stifled by ritual and protocol. Then came the response.

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