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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Tony Awards 2011 Poll

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The 2011 Tony Award nominations were announced today from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Tell us who you think will take home the awards in the musical categories.

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Poll: The Future of American Orchestras

Monday, May 02, 2011

As WQXR examines the future of American orchestras in a special Greene Space event on May 3 (webcast live on WQXR.org), please take our poll on what orchestras need to provide audiences.

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Too Big to Fail? Met Opera's 'Ring' Set Raises New Questions

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Met’s 45-ton set piece for its new Ring cycle, which opened the current season with a new production of Das Rheingold and now commands the stage in the cycle’s second opera, Die Walküre, continues to present unexpected challenges to performers.

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WQXR Presents Spring for Music Concerts in 3D

Monday, May 02, 2011

For our live audio streams of Carnegie Hall’s Spring for Music concerts running Friday, May 6 through Thursday, May 14, WQXR is working in collaboration with the consulting, design and engineering firm Arup to bring innovative 3D sound live to the WQXR.org audience.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: To Itch His Own

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Carl Stalling composed one new cartoon score every week for twenty-two years at Warner Brothers. This Saturday, we hear his composition for "To Itch His Own," in which Angelo the Flea terrorizes unsuspecting dogs.

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New York City Opera Labor Woes: Tensions Ease, Problems Persist

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In a dramatic easing of tensions between New York City Opera and members of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union has drawn back from earlier plans to strike on April 30.

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Royal Wedding Music Highlights Britain's Classical Greats

Monday, April 25, 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton today revealed the music that will accompany them as they march down the aisle in Westminster Abbey in London. It includes pieces by Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Walton and Benjamin Britten.

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Live Chat: Reinventing Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

Monday, April 25, 2011

On Friday, May 6, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra will open Spring for Music, a seven-part festival of North American orchestras at Carnegie Hall with its program, The New Brandenburgs. Composer Melinda Wagner talks about her piece based on the Fourth Brandenburg.

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Café Concert: Arabella Steinbacher

Monday, April 25, 2011

On a recent spring afternoon in the WQXR cafe, Arabella Steinbacher tore through Ysaye's Obsession. Next, she turned her attention to Kreisler’s brooding yet dramatic Recitative and Scherzo. Then it really got interesting.

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Peter Lieberson, Composer of Poetic and Pensive Works, Dies at 64

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Peter Lieberson, a late-blooming composer who rose to prominence with a series of major song cycles, concertos and orchestral works, died Friday while visiting Israel. He was 64.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain is a pop culture staple. Its place in cartoon history was cemented in 1940 with Walt Disney's 1940 film Fantasia.

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Donald Trump: Strident Billionaire. Classical Connoisseur?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

He feels for the middle-class, he’s all about the Tea Party, and he may run for president. But Donald Trump gives pause when it comes to classical music.

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