The Best and Worst of Classical Music in 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

In this podcast, three music critics review 2012: Anne Midgette, of the Washington Post; Steve Smith, of the New York Times and Time Out New York; and Heidi Waleson, from the Wall Street Journal.

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Avery Fisher Hall's Extreme Makeover

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Some readers think Lincoln Center should "tear the hall down and start over." We ask three experts for their views on the planned renovation of Avery Fisher Hall.

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How Arts Groups Can Recover Post-Sandy

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

What was Superstorm Sandy's larger impact on the arts? What can hard-hit cultural organizations do to recover? In this podcast, three experts discuss what resources are available for artists.


The Dangerous Business of Being an Opera Singer

Friday, October 12, 2012

With a growing emphasis on HD-quality realism, what physical skills must an opera singer have to make it today? Is opera becoming too dangerous? Listen to our podcast and take our poll.

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Eccentric Genius: Is it Time to Rethink the Cult of Glenn Gould?

Monday, September 24, 2012

On the 80th anniversary of his birth, Gould continues to fascinate, with tribute albums, books and DVDs. How should we consider his impact on the music industry?

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How Troubled Orchestras Can Bounce Back – And Flourish

Friday, September 14, 2012

Recently, polled listeners on what's needed to help troubled orchestras in several American cities. In this segment, we pose your comments to three experts.

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The Pitfalls of Carrying Musical Instruments on Planes

Monday, August 27, 2012

A recent incident involving a checked cello raised new questions of how airlines set rules about which musical instruments are allowed on board.

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In the Wake of Austerity, Europe Grapples with Arts Cuts

Monday, August 06, 2012

Classical music organizations throughout Europe have suffered from funding cuts in the wake of the euro crisis. Has the fat lady sung?

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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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