Trout Week: Tokyo String Quartet

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Tonight at 7 pm, Trout Week reaches its finale in The Greene Space. The Tokyo will apply its "Paganini Quartet" of matched Stradivarius instruments to works by Haydn, Bartók and Beethoven. Watch the live Webcast at WQXR.org and get our free "catch of the day" download.

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Grammys Ax Best Classical Album Category

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The competition among classical musicians to stand out at the Grammy awards just got a little stiffer, as the Recording Academy announced Wednesday it has trimmed the awards categories down from 109 to 78.

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Plácido Domingo is Japan-Bound

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Plácido Domingo is sticking with his scheduled concerts this month in Tokyo, despite the recent disasters that have rocked Japan. It comes after some notable interruptions in his performance schedule.

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Slideshow: The Escher Quartet at Zabar's

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Shoppers at Zabar’s got an unexpected treat with their smoked fish, cheeses and baked goods Wednesday morning. The Escher String Quartet planted itself in front of the fish counter of the Upper West Side food emporium and began playing the first movement of Beethoven’s “Serioso” Quartet. Watch the video and check out some images below:

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Escher String Quartet Plays for Zabar’s Shoppers

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Upper West Side shoppers got an unexpected treat with their smoked fish, cheeses and baked goods Wednesday morning. The Escher String Quartet planted itself in front of the store's fish counter and began playing Beethoven’s "Serioso" Quartet.

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Café Concert: Matt Haimovitz

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

In the WQXR Café, Haimovitz plays on the same 1710 Matteo Gofriller cello that he took with him to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle and the former punk hangout CBGB.

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Trout Week: JACK Quartet

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Skittering strings. Large, looping passages. Perfectly eerie little scenes. Such is the sonic landscape in which the JACK Quartet can frequently be found. The adventurous ensemble is in The Greene Space tonight at 7 pm. Tune in for a Webcast at WQXR.org.

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Trout Week: Ethel

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Trout Week continues at The Greene Space tonight with Ethel. The group has been a role model for anyone who believes that a string quartet can act and even sound like a rock band. Read more and get a free Catch of the Day download.

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Syracuse Symphony Dissolves, Attorney General Schneiderman Seeks Inquiry

Monday, April 04, 2011

In the latest sign of an already turbulent year for American orchestras, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra has dissolved. The musicians of the ensemble took their final bow together on Saturday night.

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Detroit Symphony Musicians, Management Reach Tentative Deal

Monday, April 04, 2011

Six months after a musician work stoppage shut down the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, bargainers for the musicians and symphony management have reached a tentative deal.

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Trout Week: Ebène Quartet

Friday, April 01, 2011

The Ebène Quartet is the rare ensemble that can play Haydn and Debussy with complete command and then shift gears and offer a jazz set of Miles Davis and Chick Corea. See them tonight at 7 pm on a live video Webcast on WQXR.org. Plus, get a free download.

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Dino Anagnost, Little Orchestra Society Conductor Has Died

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dino Anagnost, a conductor who served as music director of The Little Orchestra Society since 1979, died in Manhattan on Thursday after a long illness.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Omnivore

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Anne-Sophie Mutter recently stopped by to talk with Naomi Lewin about her favorite recordings, a new scholarship that she's giving out in honor of her former teacher, and wearing "shoulder-free dresses."

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Trout Week: Ensemble ACJW

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Trout Week continues tonight with the Ensemble ACJW. A collective of about 20 hand-selected graduates of major conservatories, ACJW is a partnership among the Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall and the Weill Music Institute. Read more and get our Catch of the Day download.

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American Music Advocacy Groups Plan to Merge

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Two longstanding advocacy organizations for American music are set to merge later this year — an increasingly common move in the classical music business.

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Plácido Domingo Caught in Argentine Labor Dispute

Monday, March 28, 2011

Renowned Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo found himself in the middle of a major labor dispute last week between Argentina's Teatro Colón, one of the world's leading opera houses, and the theater workers’ union.

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Cello Can Replace Voice? Chanticleer Thinks So

Monday, March 28, 2011

The celebrated San Francisco-based male choral group Chanticleer had a surprise pinch hitter on Saturday, as bass Eric Alatorre was replaced by cellist Laura McLellan. Alatorre has fallen ill with laryngitis.

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Concert Marks 100th Anniversary of Triangle Factory Fire

Friday, March 25, 2011

The anniversary of the Triangle Fire -- the worst workplace disaster in New York until 9/11 -- is being commemorated by a remarkable array of events, including a free commemorative concert at the Society for Ethical Culture.

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Classical Musicians Open Pockets, but Cancel Performances, for Japan

Friday, March 25, 2011

As relief efforts for Japan continue, the classical music world has rallied to organize concerts and events in support of the disaster-rattled country. Here in New York, the Japan Society has shored up $2.1 million dollars to date.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Blue Danube Waltz

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Blue Danube waltz is one of Strauss's most graceful and soaring creations. Its appearances in cartoons include a Looney Tunes short A Corny Concerto and an early episode of Spongebob Squarepants.

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