Chants Encounters: New Spiritual Recordings

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Contemplative, soothing, generically religious music is making a comeback. Just as Lincoln Center presents a White Light festival of spiritual music, here are some notable new recordings in soulful styles.

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The Gratitude Project 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

We asked and you delivered. Over 600 listeners responded to our question: which piece of music are you grateful for? Read some of the responses.

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Ranking the Fifteen Top-Paid Non-Profit CEOs

Friday, October 29, 2010

Several arts executives make a new list of the top-paid CEOs running America's non-profit organizations.

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Christian Tetzlaff on Violins, Religion and Freddie Mercury

Thursday, October 28, 2010

German violinist Christian Tetzlaff chats with Jeff Spurgeon about his new Carnegie Hall Perspectives series, about his modern violin and his surprising tastes in pop music.

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Daniel Harding: Conducting's One-Man British Invasion

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The rising young British conductor tells us about the primal power of Orff’s Carmina Burana, the youth movement on podiums and why a TV commercial for after-shave turned him on to classical music.

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From the Vaults: George Jellinek with Beverly Sills

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

As Operatic October continues, we revisit a classic episode of The Vocal Scene featuring Beverly Sills. In this 1992 program, the former New York City Opera director and soprano revisits her memorable recordings.

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Reconsidering Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein’s 1983 opera about marriage and family dysfunction is finally getting its New York premiere. But will audiences come around to its themes?

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Audio Slideshow: A Second Chance for A Quiet Place

Sunday, October 24, 2010

New York City Opera opens its fall season with the New York premiere of A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein's opera about an estranged family that is reunited after the death of the mother in a car crash. While reception was decidedly mixed at its Houston premiere in 1983, director Christopher Alden believes the time has come to give the opera a fresh hearing.

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Yulianna Avdeeva Wins Chopin Competition

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva became the first woman in 45 years to win the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

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Two Classical Groups Upload New Online Initiatives

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Classical-music organizations can't get enough of social media right now. From the Top, the public radio show, and an upcoming orchestra festival are the latest to turn to Internet crowd-sourcing.

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Nine Questions for Anne Akiko Meyers

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers has purchased a 1697 Stradivarius for $3.6 million, the highest price on record for any musical instrument sold at auction. She explains why it was love at first sound.

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Flight of the Bumblebee Played in Record Time

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A violinist from East London has made his way into the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest performance of Flight of the Bumblebee.

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From the Vaults: George Jellinek with Risë Stevens

Monday, October 18, 2010

In this 1983 appearance on The Vocal Scene, the great mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens talks with George Jellinek about her unlikely rise to fame, her major roles, and some of her classic recordings.

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Lincoln Center Badgered by Bed Bugs

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bed bugs have developed a more refined taste. On Thursday they made their Metropolitan Opera House debut following an outbreak at Lincoln Center's adjacent David H. Koch Theater last week.

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The Social Network Brings Back a Grieg Crowd-Pleaser

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King has been appropriated for film soundtracks, TV commercials, video games, and heavy metal bands. It's returning to the spotlight - and with an unlikely twist.

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Joan Sutherland Sings the Mad Scene from Lucia

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Get a free download of Joan Sutherland singing the "Mad Scene" from Lucia di Lammermoor. Plus, share your reflections and stories.

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YouTube Launches Second Orchestral Project

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Google is once again bringing its mighty influence to the performing arts, announcing the return of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday. Michael Tilson Thomas will conduct.

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Music World Pays Tribute to Famed Soprano Joan Sutherland

Monday, October 11, 2010

Over a career that spanned more than 40 years, Joan Sutherland is being remembered as one of the last singers who truly earned the title prima donna. Share your stories and reflections about Dame Sutherland and her career.

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Classical Music Community Pays Tribute to Joan Sutherland

Monday, October 11, 2010

Matthew Horner, Vice President and Artist Manager at IMG Artists:

Dame Joan was the very reason I started listening to opera in the first place. I cannot say adequately what an impact she had on me.

I was a teenage violinist in Western PA and thought opera was fairly ...

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Soprano Joan Sutherland Dies at 83

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dame Joan Sutherland, known fondly as "The Stupendous One" and one of the most admired sopranos of the 20th century has died in Switzerland, The Associated Press reports. Share your stories and reflections about Sutherland and her career.

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