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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Rebounding Minnesota Orchestra is 'Still Mad at Itself'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

So, what comes next for the Minnesota Orchestra in the wake of the contract agreement that ended the bitter 15-month lockout and returns the musicians to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis on Feb. 7?

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The Puzzling Revival of the Vinyl LP

Thursday, January 16, 2014

While CD sales declined in 2013, vinyl sales moved in the opposite direction: up 32 percent from 2012. In this podcast, a debate over the significance of the format's ongoing comeback.

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The Best and Worst of Classical Music in 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Three top music critics review the year 2013 in music: Anne Midgette of the Washington Post, Justin Davidson of New York Magazine and Heidi Waleson, from the Wall Street Journal.

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Symphonies for Snoozing? When it's OK to Be Bored in Concerts

Thursday, December 12, 2013

We've all had moments when our mind has wandered during a Wagner opera, a Bruckner symphony or perhaps a long Mozart recitative.

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For New Classical Christmas Albums, Less is More

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It’s that time of year again, when orchestras across the land are dusting off their holiday pops programs and choruses are warming up for Messiahs and sing-a-along carol extravaganzas.

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After the 'Mozart Effect': Music's Real Impact on the Brain

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Twenty years after the now-debunked "Mozart Effect" study, neuroscientists are giving us a broader understanding of how musical training can impact brain development and cognition.

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On Major Podiums, Still a Man's World?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Of the 20 largest orchestras in the U.S., only the Baltimore Symphony has a woman music director. In this podcast, three experts consider the obstacles facing women in the field.

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State of the Arts: Behind the NEA Survey

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Watch the archived webcast on the future of arts audiences, which comes on the heels of a new NEA survey on public participation. It showed a decline in Americans' arts consumption.

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Is Timid Programming Classical Music's Biggest Threat?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

When times are tough, a lot of arts groups go for the sure thing. But it turns out that familiar programming doesn't always mean a more loyal or engaged audience.

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Protesting or Praising, Classical Music Fans Become Activists Online

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

In this Conducting Business podcast, a look at how political-style web advocacy has moved into the realm of classical music and the arts, from the Minnesota Orchestra to the Metropolitan Opera.

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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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