Hollywood Icon Elizabeth Taylor Dies at 79

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor, the two-time Oscar winner who was as world famous for her private life as for her acting, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, her four children by her side. The cause was congestive heart failure, her publicist, Sally Morrison, told The Associated Press.

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Do I Hear $135 Million? Lehman Manuscript Collection Preps for the Auction Block

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New York stands to lose a large swath of one of its most celebrated music manuscript holdings, as the Morgan Library and Museum faces the potential sale of the Robert Owen Lehman Collection.

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James Levine Scales Down Remainder of Season at the Met

Monday, March 21, 2011

In yet another indication of James Levine's troubled health, the Metropolitan Opera music director today announced his reduced schedule for the remainder of the season.

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El Sistema Branches Out, Takes Root in Flatbush

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In Venezuela, a national program called El Sistema provides music education for some 300,000 at-risk youth. Increasingly, like-minded programs are sprouting up across the United States, with one project taking root in New York City.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'Morning' from Peer Gynt

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The music of Edvard Grieg is frequently used in pop culture, as seen in the prominent use of his In The Hall of the Mountain King in the Oscar-winning film, "The Social Network." Another piece that is a favorite of animators is Morning Mood, also from his Peer Gynt Suite.

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As Response to Japan Disaster Lags, Benefit Concerts Emerge

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan has no George Clooney or Angelina Jolie and the country is known more for its affluence than neediness. It does, however, have a longstanding cultural link to the West, through classical music. Several benefit concerts are in the works in New York.

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Café Concert: Miloš

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Plenty of fine guitarists have made their mark on classical music but, let's face it, the instrument hasn't been wholeheartedly embraced by today's younger generation. Miloš Karadaglić, 28, is determined to change that.

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Touchy Questions for a Museum's Rare Instrument Collection

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has 5,085 musical instruments in its collection. The fact that they are rarely played illustrates an ongoing debate about the purpose of musical instruments in museums and the value of performance.

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After Quake, Japanese Performers Arrive for Carnegie Hall Festival

Monday, March 14, 2011

Faced with aftershocks, transportation gridlock and canceled rehearsals following the massive earthquake and tsunami, members of Bach Collegium Japan boarded a flight to the U.S. on Sunday.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: 'Baton Bugs'

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Franz von Suppé was a staple of Vienna's opera scene in the 19th century, having written dozens of light operas and operettas. Part of his popularity in modern times may be due in part to cartoons.

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BBC Orchestra 'Shaken' by Historic Japan Quake

Friday, March 11, 2011

Members of the BBC Philharmonic, caught up in the Japanese earthquake, have described it as "scary stuff." Ninety members of the orchestra were in their tour bus traveling when the earthquake struck. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and conductor Daniel Harding are also safe in the aftermath.

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Poll: Opera in 3-D

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Just when you thought opera in movie theaters couldn't get any bigger, along comes opera in 3-D. Two of London’s opera houses recently jumped on the trend with 3-D movie theater broadcasts. Will this influence the future of opera?

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A Millionth Subscriber for Spotify, a Million Miles from Napster

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The online music service Spotify, which boasts a considerable classical music catalog, has surpassed its one-million subscriber mark. Considered a European answer to iTunes, it has been trying to enter the American market.

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DiMenna Center Gives Itinerant Orchestra a Home

Monday, March 07, 2011

After 37 years on the road, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s has a permanent home base in which it can rehearse, record and manage its administrative affairs, with the opening of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Watch that Sword! Carmen Goes 3D

Monday, March 07, 2011

In the latest effort to bring a populist touch to opera, London's Royal Opera House has teamed up with a developer of 3D movie technology to offer a new 3D film version of Carmen. It's screening in several New York area theaters this week.

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Eight Revelations from the New York Philharmonic Archives

Monday, March 07, 2011

The New York Philharmonic has been digitizing its vast archives, and recently unveiled its first installment online. It includes some telling glimpses into the orchestra's rough-and-tumble history. Check out these eight surprise entries.

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New York Philharmonic Musicians Support Detroit Strike

Friday, March 04, 2011

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic will wear blue wristbands during performances this weekend to show their support for their striking colleagues in Detroit, according to The American Federation of Musicians.

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Café Concert: Leila Josefowicz

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Leila Josefowicz is not a violinist who normally gets pigeonholed as a new-music specialist and yet she has devoted a substantial portion of her activities in recent years to championing contemporary works. She shares that passion live in the WQXR Café.

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Top Five Women Composers

Thursday, March 03, 2011

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are a selection of ladies, who might be better known if they had been afforded the same opportunities available to their male counterparts.

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James Levine Leaving the Boston Symphony

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

James Levine, suffering from debilitating back problems, will step down from his post as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on September 1. He will continue serving as music director of the Metropolitan Opera.

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