Music Criticism as Contact Sport

Thursday, July 12, 2012

As almost anyone with a Facebook account knows, classical music criticism is going from spectator sport to participatory activity. In this podcast, three experts ask whether this helps or hurts classical music.

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Should Audiences be 'Allowed' to Clap Whenever They Want?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Recently, a New York orchestra executive argued that audiences at classical music concerts have become stifled by ritual and protocol. Then came the response.

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How Crowdfunding is Connecting Classical Musicians with Cash

Monday, June 11, 2012

Web sites like Kickstarter are catching on but can they raise the needed funds?

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Variations on a Theme of Protest: Where are the Great Political Pieces?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Can a symphony or an opera support political messages and affect change? Or does such music preach to the choir? Three guests debate these questions in this podcast.

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You Paid How Much for That Ticket?

Monday, May 21, 2012

New theaters offering cheap tickets are billed as an antidote to soaring ticket prices elsewhere. But can they attract a new audience? Three experts consider pricing models in this podcast.

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Judging Music by the Rules of Sport: Can Competitions Identify New Talent?

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.

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Freelance Musicians See Jobs Dwindle. Will Audiences Notice?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Many of the regional orchestras, Broadway pits and jingle houses that freelancers rely on have cut back or shuttered, forcing musicians to get more creative.

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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, is a throwback to another era. Or is it?

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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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