As Record Store Day Returns, Where Can Classical Buyers Shop?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

J&R has apparently gone the way of Tower Records, HMV, Virgin Megastore, Sam Goody and other brick-and-mortar shops in New York. As Record Store Day returns, here's where classical shoppers can turn.

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Are American Orchestras ‘Blatantly Ignoring’ American Music?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Only a small handful of American works are staples of the orchestra repertoire. Some feel this not just an oversight, but a disgrace.

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San Diego Opera Crisis Underscores Need for Fresh Business Models

Thursday, April 03, 2014

When San Diego Opera decided suddenly to fold after 49 years in business, it declined to consider alternative business models to stay afloat, according to the city's leading music and arts critic.

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Soprano Sharleen Joynt on Resuming an Opera Career After Reality TV's 'The Bachelor'

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sharleen Joynt, a Canadian soprano who is currently an understudy at the Met, talks about how a stint on ABC's "The Bachelor" involved a tricky set of personal and career trade-offs.

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In a Rough Job Market, More Conservatories Stress Business Skills

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Some institutions of higher musical learning are trying to bring academic training closer to job market realities. Here's how.

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Can Gustavo Dudamel and El Sistema Navigate Venezuela's Upheaval?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

As the LA Phil arrives in New York, its music director, Gustavo Dudamel, faces an increasingly difficult political situation back in his native Venezuela.

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With NYC School Reforms, a Plan for Arts Programs?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

According to an audit by the New York State Comptroller, many city schoolkids do not receive the required amount of hours of instruction or are taught by non-certified teachers.

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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

Today's Throwback Thursday looks at the continued strength of the vinyl revival. Tune in during the 8 am hour when Jeff Spurgeon plays a special vinyl track.

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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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