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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.