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.


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.


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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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.


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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