Attraction or Annoyance? Orchestras Invite Audiences to Use Their Smartphones

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A growing number of performing groups across the country are setting aside "tweet seats," in-house seats for patrons to live-tweet during performances.

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A Composer is Accused of 'Theft.' But Did Originality Ever Really Exist?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Bach recycled music all of the time -- both his and other people's. Bartok and Dvorak rewrote folk tunes. So why all the fuss about Osvaldo Golijov?

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An Uncertain Song for New York's Cabaret Scene

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

With the closing of the Oak Room earlier this month, New York's cabaret scene has come under renewed threat. In this podcast, three experts debate the future of this slice of musical life.

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Why Old, Expensive Violins Are Not Always Best

Thursday, February 02, 2012

As antique instruments fetch millions of dollars, some are questioning whether these are price tags are warranted. In this podcast Naomi Lewin puts the question to three experts.

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Hitting the Right Note in China: The Arts and Censorship

Monday, January 23, 2012

Do Western arts organizations have an obligation to speak out against censorship and government controls in China? Or can they help spread democratic values by working there?

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Evancho Raises Stark Questions about Child Stars and Their Parents

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The 11 year-old singer Jackie Evancho topped the classical record charts last year and became a staple of PBS fundraisers. But while her achievements are celebrated, questions are inevitably raised.

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Puccini with Popcorn: Arts Organizations Battle for the Big Screen

Friday, December 09, 2011

Despite some notable successes, arts organizations that broadcast in movie theaters face significant hurdles. In this podcast, three experts weigh in on the future of HD.

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Voices From On High: Countertenors to Coldplay

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.

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Wagner's Ring of Anti-Semitism: Can the Artist Be Separated From His Art?

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.

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Occupy the Concert Hall? How Arts Donations Ignore Poor, Ethnically Diverse

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Billions of dollars in arts funding serves a mostly wealthy, white and shrinking audience, says a new study.

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For Conductors, Is Tyranny a Thing of the Past?

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?

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What's a Performing Arts Executive Worth?

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.

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Artists' Concert Attire: Can Sexy Be Serious Too?

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.

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The Death of Borders and the Future of Classical Retail

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.

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Rating City Opera's Plan For Survival

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.

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The State of Pops Concerts: Where Light Meets Lite

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.

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New York City Opera: Where Does It Go From Here?

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.

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American Orchestras Face the Music

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.

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Confronting the System

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.

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Black Classical Musicians Rewriting the Odds

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.

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