Sunday, April 29, 2012
"Competitions are for horses, not musicians," Béla Bartók famously sneered. Many classical musicians would agree. But even the most high-minded of us finds something compelling about these contests.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.