Top Five Mascots in Classical Music

Friday, May 10, 2013

Googly eyed fuzzy figures aren’t just for sports fans and Comic Con attendees. Symphonies, opera companies and record stores have cute mascots to help win over admirers, especially the young ones.

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Top Five WPA-Commissioned Works You Should Know

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new piece by composer Gabriel Kahane honors the legacy of the Works Progress Administration. Here are five works the WPA funded in its heyday.

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Top Five Actors who Crossed Over to Classical Music

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Here are our five favorite examples of the multitalented people who’ve made that jump between the world of acting and that of classical music.

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Top Five Epic Cycles in Classical Music

Thursday, April 04, 2013

There’s something at least mildly obsessive about presenting a composer’s complete set of works. Here are the top five ambitious cycles, from Haydn to Mahler.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra's Carol Jantsch Names Her Top 5 Tuba Pieces

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Philadelphia Orchestra tubist Carol Jantsch names her five favorite pieces for the instrument and there’s not an “oom-pah” among them.

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Five Great Bach Guitar Shredding Videos

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In bedrooms and living rooms around the world there are amateur rock guitarists who cut their teeth on classical music. Bach's music stands as a favorite for young guitar nerds.

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Top Five Deployments of the B-A-C-H Motif

Friday, March 22, 2013

Hundreds of composers have paid the father of classical music homage by incorporating the B-A-C-H motif in their music. We’ve gathered our favorite five.

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Top Five Reasons Why Stockhausen's Music is Hot

Thursday, March 14, 2013

For much of his life, the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen was at best considered a cult figure in the realm of contemporary music. Here are five reasons why Stockhausen is so popular right now.

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Top Five TED Talks By Classical Musicians

Sunday, March 10, 2013

TED Talks, those brief lecture-style reports of groundbreaking ideas in fields from medicine to technology, have also included a number of classical musicians. Here are our top five.

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Top Five Online Courses for Classical Music Fans

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

From music theory to history to industry issues, we’ve sifted through the catalog of offerings to find our favorite five geared toward the interests of classical music fans.

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Top 5 Violinists-turned-Conductors

Thursday, February 21, 2013

There are few things left for Joshua Bell to achieve as a violinist, but as a conductor he still has plenty of new ground to cover. Blogger Amanda Angel gives her list of top five violinists that have become maestros.

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Dana Leong’s Top Five Asian Restaurants in NYC

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Dana Leong enjoys soup-infused dumplings, top-shelf sushi and Thai food cooked with love in Hell’s Kitchen when dining out in New York.

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Top Five Terrible Puns in Classical Music

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Puns. They’re irresistible to headline writers and pops concert producers, but their usage usually evokes groans rather than giggles. Here are five lowlights. Name your zingers here.

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Top Five Sibling Rivalries in Classical Music

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49ers while his older brother John helms the Ravens. Before both meet up Sunday in the Super Bowl, we consider some of classical music's big sibling rivalries.

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Top Five Snakes on a Concert Stage

Monday, January 28, 2013

Though the serpent’s appearance in the orchestra pit is rare, it can make an impression when its bellowing is present. Here are our top five works that feature the serpent.

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Top Five Classical Music Films to Watch this Awards Season

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

As awards seasons gets into full swing—the Oscar Nominations have been announced—it’s a time to reflect on what a great season it’s been for classical music fans.

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Top Five 2013 Anniversaries That Aren't for Verdi or Wagner

Thursday, January 03, 2013

We’ve assembled our top five classical music anniversaries that don’t include Verdi and Wagner.

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Top Five Classical Memes, Hashtags and Videos in 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

The classical music world wasn’t about to let some of the biggest online memes pass it by in 2012, and also contributed a few of its own niche hashtags to the Twitter conversation.

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Top Five End-of-the-Year Classical Music Lists

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Santa isn’t the only one checking his list this time of year. Critics around the country and world are filing their reports on who is deserving of praise and who is despicable.

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Top Five Classical Music Apps for the iPad

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

As 2012 comes to a close, we’ve collected our favorite iPad apps of the year for current and future classical music lovers.

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