Opera Venues in New York City: A Scorecard

Friday, May 27, 2011

New York City Opera has announced it is leaving the 2,550-seat David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for other venues starting next season. It has yet to say where it will go, or what operas it will present. The organization did suggest some parameters: three of the operas will be suitable for a larger house, and two for smaller spaces. Where do you think City Opera should go? Read about some possible candidates and share your opinions in the comments box below.

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Audio Slideshow: From the Archives of Carnegie Hall

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Gino Francesconi, the archivist at Carnegie Hall, has worked tirelessly for the past twenty years to collect the lost treasures of the most famous concert hall in New York City. Listen to his tales of old New York and the hall while watching this slideshow.

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Café Concert: Inbal Segev

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In the WQXR Café Inbal Segev applied her 1673 Francesco Ruggeri cello to a suite of Celtic folk tunes, bringing out the hypnotic, insistent drone that one normally hears in bagpipe melodies.

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At Summer Music Festivals, Soft Breezes Meet Winds of Change

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The best summer festivals are outlets of escape from the rituals and formality of city life, writes Norman Lebrecht. But there is hardly a festival on earth that is not thinking about redefining what festivals ought to be in the 21st century.

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AGMA To File Unfair Labor Charge Against City Opera

Monday, May 23, 2011

The American Guild of Musical Artists said it would consider filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against New York City Opera after that company's board voted on Friday to cut staff and move from Lincoln Center.

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Thinking Man's Tchaikovsky: Three Recordings that Avoid the Gushy Stereotype

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Concert halls don’t suffer from any lack of Tchaikovsky these days. But there are some artists taking a more creative, even brainy approach to the Russian composer. Here are three standouts this spring.

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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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