Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Spring officially sprung on March 20 with the vernal equinox, and count us among those excited. In order to summon the warmer weather, here are our top five works to greet the new season:
Thursday, March 17, 2011
For a country with a robust musical heritage, Ireland is underrepresented in the classical music canon. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are our Top five non-musical Irish influences on classical music.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
British violinist Daniel Hope has performed with the world's major orchestras and conductors, but these days he's got his mind on Joseph Joachim, the violinist he calls "perhaps the greatest of the 19th century." Here are Hope's Top Five violin pieces.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Whether opera in a Lower East Side dive, chant in a Belgian beer bar, impromptu chamber performances in Chelsea Market, here are our Top Five surprise corners to listen to classical tunes.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
It takes a certain skill to compose a great film score. It takes an even more precise one to compose a great score that can be appreciated in a concert hall. Here are the top five scores that hold up on their own.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
It’s unfortunate to think that Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays were conflated into one Presidents’ Day, but on the other hand, it does give an excuse to celebrate all America’s leaders. Here are a top five.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Finding that Valentine’s Day performance that truly delivers a romantic evening without being banal or even worse, a rip-off, can be tough. To help out, we offer five Valentine’s Day performances that don’t compromise quality.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
In recognition of Black History Month, we’re looking at individuals who helped break down racial barriers on stages, orchestra pits and podiums. Here are the top five black artists who broke barriers.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Brooklyn has long held a spot in the independent music firmament. Increasingly, symphonies, operas and experimental venues are growing alongside the indie rock scene. Here are our top five storylines we are following in Brooklyn:
Monday, January 17, 2011
As we celebrate the current class of the keyboard world this month with our series Powerhouse Pianists, here are five up-and-coming prodigies -- and recent prodigies -- who could be selling out concert halls in the years to come.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
This may be the year of the rabbit, but it also seems to be a great year for contemporary music. Here are the top five new music events sure to generate some heat these winter months.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
As 2011 gears up, another group of birthdays and anniversaries are receiving their due on stages, with one composer hanging around for a second straight year.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean the music has to stop. Here are our top five ways to get your music fix on Dec. 25, from the spiritual to the irreverent.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Tired of standard Christmas fare? Fortunately, there is a discography of lesser known Christmas-themed works to shake up the seasonal soundtrack. Here are our top five.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
There’s probably no better display of the holiday spirit than singing it at the top of the lungs. A number of upcoming concerts promise the opportunity to break into song as loudly and festively as possible.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Pierre Boulez will be the subject of an upcoming "Composer Portrait" concert at Miller Theater. Alex Lipowski of the New York-based Talea Ensemble discusses five works that manifest different facets of Boulez’s career.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
New York is bursting into song, or it seems that way with the number of song cycles, recitals, series and festivals around. Consider these five song-themed programs over the coming weeks.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monica Ellis, the bassoonist in the Imani Winds quintet, shares five pieces that take the bassoon beyond its clichéd role as the jovial clown of the orchestra. "We do get to difficult things and it’s not just this big, clumsy, cumbersome instrument."