Top 5 Most Controversial Audience Behaviors

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

For some concertgoers, the concert hall a last bastion of decorum, but for others it’s an anachronism needing to loosen up. Here are five hotly debated subjects of concert etiquette.

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Top 5 Strange Possessions of Famous Composers

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The fascination with the interiors of well-known artists' homes is nothing new, and possessions of long-deceased composers still captivate thousands of tourists who visit their former homes each year.

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Five Pivotal Ukrainian Classical Music Figures

Monday, March 10, 2014

With the conflict in the Ukraine dominating the headlines in recent weeks, the world’s eyes have turned to the turmoil along the Black Sea. Here are five noteworthy artists from the country.

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Top 5 Wintriest Works

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Blogger Amanda Angel has had just about enough of this winter. She has gathered five works that best describe this brutally cold season.

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Angela Meade's Top 5 Bel Canto Operas

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Soprano Angela Meade has been noted for the ease with which she conquers coloratura vocal flourishes and trills. In this video, she reveals her five favorite bel canto arias.

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Top 5 Figure Skating Routines Featuring Classical Music

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

With the 2014 Winter Games starting this week, and figure skating inevitably at the center of the action, we’re celebrating our five best uses of classical music in Olympic skating performances.

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Top Five Athletic Composers

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It’s not just the Seattle Seahawks or the skiers at the Sochi Olympics who like to win. Many classical composers were athletes, too. Here are our top five athletic composers.

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Five Famous Orchestra Tours in the Name of Diplomacy

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Pittsburgh Symphony is considering a return trip to Iran. If accomplished, it would be just the latest of goodwill tours that orchestras have taken to hostile nations, acting as cultural ambassadors.

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An Eyeful of Sound: Top Five Multisensory Performances

Friday, January 17, 2014

Throughout human history, cultural thinkers have tried to find connections between the five senses. Now, some musicians are trying to intermingle sound, colors and scents.

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Top Five Flying Disasters for Musicians

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Anyone traveling with an instrument, especially an expensive one-of-a-kind type model, knows the perils of flight. Here are five devastating accounts of air travel.

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Top Five Notable Composer Anniversaries in 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The year 2014 brings about a new crop of honorees. Here are five anniversaries that classical music lovers should mark on their calendars.

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Top Five Musical Pieces for Toys

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

For more than two centuries, composers have been writing children’s playthings into their scores. Here are five pieces that incorporate non-traditional instruments.

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Top Five Expressions of Thanks in Classical Music

Monday, November 25, 2013

Expressing thanks through music requires nuance—a challenge for any skilled composer. Luckily, there have been plenty of composers up to the task.

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Top Five Ways to Commemorate the Britten Centenary

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On Friday, Benjamin Britten would have turned exactly 100 years old. Here are five ways to celebrate his life and legacy, including special programming on WQXR.

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Top Five Longest-Serving Music Directors

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Despite the trend towards youth, these five conductors have shown both longevity and loyalty, becoming synonymous with the major ensembles they’re still leading.

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Top Five Encores that Overshadowed the Performance

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Sometimes the encore overshadows the scheduled performance. Here are five noteworthy encores that eclipsed their programs.

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Top Five Pieces to Raise the Dead (or Undead)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

It’s not pure coincidence that classical composers wind up on soundtracks to horror flicks and slasher movies. Their music can raise the hairs of listeners even without scary special effects.

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Five Musical Talks to Hear This Fall

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

As we reach the heart of the fall season, a lot of verbiage will be created around the musical topics. Here are five venues to catch these discussions over the next several weeks.

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Five New York City Opera Productions That Made History

Thursday, October 03, 2013

New York City Opera filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Thursday, beginning the formal process of dissolving the company and paying off millions of dollars to a range of creditors.

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Top Five Google Doodles on a Classical Theme

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Over the past 10 years, the company’s insignia has been adapted to honor a number of our favorite composers and musical innovators. We selected our five favorite illustrations.

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