Friday, November 18, 2011
Men who sing in the stratosphere always hold a certain fascination over music fans, from the Bee Gees to countertenors. In this podcast, three experts debate the appeal of the high male voice.
Friday, November 04, 2011
When the Los Angeles Opera staged Wagner’s Ring cycle in 2009, there were protests. But when the Metropolitan Opera presented its Ring, there was been hardly a dissenting voice – locally that is.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Billions of dollars in arts funding serves a mostly wealthy, white and shrinking audience, says a new study.
Monday, October 03, 2011
The notion of the conductor as autocrat, bent on achieving perfection by any means necessary, can seem like a throwback to another era. It was Arturo Toscanini whose famously broke batons, berated musicians and even threw a score at his orchestra during rehearsals, all we were told, in the service of the music. By the 1960s, collective bargaining agreements and workplace rules helped to do away with such behavior. Or did they?
Thursday, September 15, 2011
How much money should the head of a major performing arts organization be paid? And should executives be paid less for failing to keep finances afloat -- or more, since managing such a crisis is tough? Two experts speak with Jeff Spurgeon.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Read through the fall brochures and web sites of many American orchestras and concert halls and one common theme soon grabs the eye: Youth and sex appeal are the order of the day. In this podcast, three experts debate the trend.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The demise of Borders, America's second largest book retailer, and the U.S. launch of the online music service Spotify signaled the latest turning point in the way people buy recorded music.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The financially-strapped New York City Opera announced its 2011-12 season on Tuesday, in which it will move out of Lincoln Center and perform five operas in venues around the city. In this special podcast, three guests – including soprano Catherine Malfitano – give their reactions.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
It once meant Tchaikovsky, Sousa and Doc Severinsen. Today it also spans video-game scores, Cuban mambo bands and the Lord of the Rings Symphony. At a time when orchestras are facing financial struggles, pops are being taken a lot more seriously.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
New York City Opera's decision to move out of Lincoln Center, cut staff across the board and scale back its performance schedule has prompted a range of reactions. In this special podcast, an opera singer, a critic and a consultant predict what's next.
Friday, March 18, 2011
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's season-long strike has been the starkest reminder of the challenging times facing many of America's 1,800 orchestras. In this special podcast, we ask whether the supply has outstripped demand for the art form.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Classical music has a reputation for being a color-blind meritocracy. But the numbers tell a different story. In the second of two podcasts on diversity in classical music, Terrance McKnight talks with three prominent decision-makers.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
In the first of two special podcasts on African-Americans in classical music, Terrance McKnight sits down with three prominent musicians: clarinetist Anthony McGill, bass Morris Robinson and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins.
Friday, January 21, 2011
For this special podcast, Terrance McKnight sits down with three experts from across the musical spectrum and asks them to rank the 10 greatest classical composers of all time.