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."
Monday, October 25, 2010
Satan, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, or whatever you may call him gets credit for his share of spooky music. With Halloween around the corner, here are the top five devilish treats.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Though she succeeded in roles as diverse as Turandot and Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, there are certain roles that are synonymous with the late Joan Sutherland. Here are her top five operatic roles.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The national pastime has inspired poetry, novels, films, plays and, of course, its share of music. With the MLB playoffs underway, get in the spirit with these five classical pieces about baseball.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
For whatever fluke of scheduling, a number of Russian operas, symphonies and chamber works are popping up all over the city this month. Consider these five Russian-themed concerts.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Yes, the opera world can't seem to get enough of Wagner this year. But there are also new works adding a fresh voice to the repertoire. Consider these five world premieres taking place this season.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
For symphony orchestras, the opening concert often makes a statement on the season that's to follow. Here are five archetypes for symphonic season openers - from bold-face names to bombast.