Friday, February 10, 2012
Which classical artist won more statuettes than Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand and the Beatles combined? Check out our list to find out more.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
We all know what they say about making a first impression. Eric Owens shares his list of the top five character entrances in opera and the music that accompanies them.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Though sports and arts fall in separate sections of the newspaper, the pair come into contact frequently. Our favorite things the concert hall has adopted from the gridiron follow.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Huang Ruo, a Chinese-born New York-based composer, edited the anthology Selection of Classic Chinese Folk Songs. He shares his five favorites in this video.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Lang Lang's flamboyant performing style has earned him frequent comparisons to Franz Liszt, so it's telling that he has staked out that composer's work as a specialty. He explains why in this video.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Chinese lore claims that the Year of the Dragon will be an auspicious one, full of particularly favorable happenings. We’ve gathered our favorite musical appearances of the mythological beast.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Youth orchestras are by no means a new invention and -- despite a challenging job market for musicians -- are responsible for ushering several great musicians into world-class careers. Here are five of the best:
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Classical music is steeped in mythology -- from the Mozart Effect to the Curse of the Ninth Symphony. Here are five myths that continue to intrigue audiences.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Every so often, anarchy is unleashed across the carefully-preserved countryside of classical music. Here are five highlights.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
When dining out the violinist Joshua Bell enjoys burgers, sushi and the occasional steak. Find out more in this video of his top five dining experiences in New York.
Monday, January 02, 2012
Adios, Liszt and Mahler. With the New Year comes a new group of top composers (and one piece) that will be marking major milestones this year:
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Throughout 2011 we’ve seen the inauguration of new festivals, the resuscitation of old ensembles and the collapse of much beloved institutions.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Here are our five favorite invocations of the famous "Hallelujah" chorus from film, television and YouTube, from hot dog commercials to flash mob renditions.
Monday, December 19, 2011
"In The Bleak Midwinter" is the world’s greatest Christmas carol, according to WQXR.org's poll of leading choirmasters and choral experts from the US and the UK.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
From Disney’s Fantasia to phone commercials, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite pops up frequently. Here are our top five alternative Nutcrackers.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Feuds exist in sport, politics and art: both on the stage and behind the curtain. We’ve collected our five favorite fights from the classical music world.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
For a number of underprivileged children in New York the opportunity to learn an instrument or about Bach is limited. Likewise, aspiring musicians are struggling to pursue their careers in this shaky economy. Now that we’re in the gift-giving season, here are five charities that are devoted to instilling the love of music in children, and supporting future artists.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
While expensive concert tickets and galas might suit the upper crust, many composers would have sympathized with the protestors’ ideals. Here are our top five works for the Occupy Wall Streeters:
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Classical music has been shown to lower stress, make people smarter and provide a homeopathic sleep aid. What other benefits are lurking out there? Here are our top five side effects.
Friday, November 04, 2011
The details of Ludwig van Beethoven’s life seem scripted for a movie and filmmakers have noticed. We’ve compiled our top five films featuring Beethoven.