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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Is it Time For James Levine to Leave the Met?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera said Monday that music director James Levine will reduce his conducting dates for the rest of the season while he continues to deal with pain in his back. What do you think should happen next?

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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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