New York City Opera Plans to Leave Lincoln Center, Cut Staff

Friday, May 20, 2011

In what amounts to an earthquake in the city's musical landscape, New York City Opera has announced plans to abandon Lincoln Center and perform in one or several smaller venues around New York starting next season.

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As Carnegie Goes Dark, Hall Renters Scramble for Alternatives

Thursday, May 19, 2011

June at Carnegie Hall is a prime season for rentals by outside parties -- do-it-yourself recitalists, traveling regional choirs and graduation events. But this year they've had to find a new venue as the hall shutters for four months.

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Café Concert: Kate Royal

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In the WQXR Café, the three-months-pregnant Kate Royal performed a selection of songs from her latest CD, and talked about how her busy career is going to change dramatically over the coming months. Watch one of Royal's performances here.

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All Eyes on Stage, But a Tape Recorder in the Pit?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A coalition of Broadway composers and musicians who have a nationwide campaign called "Save Live Music On Broadway" are getting help from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School. What do you think? Take our poll.

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Classical Music Declared 'Relevant' in Cambridge Debate

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Cambridge Union Society was recently host to a debate on the issue, “classical music is irrelevant to today's youth.” One side argued that the art form isn't interactive or diverse; the other said it could spark a deep emotional response.

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Spring for Music: A Retrospective

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The first annual Spring for Music festival featured unconventional programs by seven North American orchestras. Listen to each of the complete concerts here.

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The Montréal Symphony Explores Symphonies and Asks: What's in a Word?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Why is a symphony relevant for today? It's a question Kent Nagano poses as the Montréal Symphony Orchestra closes out the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall tonight. The program traces a history of the Symphony, ending with Beethoven's Fifth. Live broadcast at 8 pm.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: "Vesti la giubba" from Leoncavallo's Pagliacci

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The clown Pagliacci sings this lament in Leoncavallo's opera, but the aria has also been commandeered to express sadness and frustration throughout popular culture.

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Music Lessons as Child May Keep Aging Minds Sharp

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Tiger Mothers may have been right all along: Music lessons as a kid may make you sharper decades later. A new study finds that adults with musical training appear to have sharper thinking and hearing skills than their less musically inclined peers.

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Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Mixes It Up With Jazz Composer, Intrepid Soprano

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tonight at 8 pm, our live broadcasts from Carnegie Hall continue. Soprano Dawn Upshaw joins the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for the New York premiere of Maria Schneider's Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories. Schneider is among today's leading jazz composers.

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Library of Congress Revives Thousands of Vintage Recordings

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Library of Congress has launched the National Jukebox, a new Web site offering more than 10,000 extremely rare recordings of American music. Fritz Kreisler, Marion Anderson and Enrico Caruso are among the classical standouts.

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Café Concert: Jennifer Koh and Anssi Karttunen

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen talk about the rich repertoire for violin and cello, including pieces by Ravel, Kodaly, Villa-Lobos, Honegger. See them perform a duo by Erwin Schulhoff in the WQXR café.

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What Can Orchestral Music Say About War? Ask the Oregon Symphony

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tonight the Oregon Symphony makes its Carnegie Hall debut with a war-themed program of Adams, Britten, Ives and Vaughan Williams. While it may seem ripped from the headlines, the theme resonates beyond current events, says its music director, Carlos Kalmar. Live broadcast at 8 pm.

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Poll: A Glass Ceiling for Women Conductors?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

JoAnn Falletta's appointment to the Ulster Symphony comes just weeks after the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera named Kayoko Dan as its new music director. Still, women are outnumbered by men on major podiums. Take our poll.

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An American, A Woman, A New Yorker: All Firsts for Ulster Orchestra’s Podium

Monday, May 09, 2011

Queens-born and New York-educated JoAnn Falletta has been appointed the new principal conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Northern Ireland. The appointment marks the first time that the ensemble will be led by an American, or by a woman.

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Slideshow: Spring for Music

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Carnegie Hall becomes part-laboratory, part-pep rally when seven orchestras -- and many of their fans -- arrive this month for the inaugural Spring for Music festival. View photos from the festival, which is being broadcast on WQXR.

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Reflections on Motherhood: Anne Akiko Meyers, Sarah Chang and Yuja Wang

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Anne Akiko Meyers and Sarah Chang are two of today's most in-demand violin soloists. Yuja Wang is a fast-rising piano virtuoso. For this Mother's Day, they shared their own reflections on the holiday.

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Lisa Batiashvili Reflects on Music and Motherhood

Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Georgian-born violinist Lisa Batiashvili is a fast-rising international star, but also the mother of two young children: a six-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. On this Mother's Day, she reveals the difficult balance between career and parenting.

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Levine Pulls Out of Met Performance

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that James Levine is pulling out of Thursday night's performance of Die Walküre, due to illness. He'll be replaced by Derrick Inouye, who has conducted other performances at the Met including Tosca and Don Pasquale.

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Kronos Quartet Wins Prestigious Fisher and Polar Prizes

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The Kronos Quartet, a leading ensemble spotted at both Carnegie Hall and Le Poisson Rouge this season, have nabbed both the Avery Fisher Prize and the Polar Prize for 2011. Founder David Harrington spoke with us about it.

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