Six Singers on the Rise

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

The New York debut has long been a rite of passage for classical musicians. These half a dozen promising young singers have recently or are about to make debuts on New York area stages. Here's what to watch and listen for.

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Motor City Maestros

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Founded in 1914, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has had a tumultuous history of financial crises, labor unrest, and concert hall problems but also some nationally and internationally acclaimed concert tours and recordings. Here are some highlights from its history.

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From the Vaults: George Jellinek Pays Tribute to Pavarotti and Freni

Friday, October 01, 2010

Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni were childhood friends in Italy, and they went on to make many classic recordings together. This archival edition of The Vocal Scene offers a sample of their musical chemistry.

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Labor Dispute Quiets Detroit Symphony

Friday, October 01, 2010

Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians called a strike after refusing to accept steep pay cuts demanded by the financially struggling orchestra. Read more and listen to Midge Woolsey's interviews with both sides.

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New York Philharmonic Uses Staten Island Junk for 'Kraft'

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Found sound is a staple of some experimental music that ends up in clubs and galleries, and other alternative spaces. But on a recent Friday, Magnus Lindberg, the New York Philharmonic's composer in residence, and several percussionists, were scouring a salvage yard on Staten Island for local junk that will be played at Avery Fisher Hall in October.

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Virtual Choir Composer Aims for World Record

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The California-based choral composer Eric Whitacre is searching for hundreds of singers in a record-breaking attempt to form the the world's largest online choir.


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Violinist and Pianist win MacArthur "Genius" Grants

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A violinist who runs a community music school in Providence, R.I., and an eclectic jazz pianist and composer are among the 23 recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

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The Met Brings the Ring to Times Square

Monday, September 27, 2010

Times Square has its colorful characters, but they were no match for the primeval collection of gods, nymphs and dwarves found in Wagner's Das Rheingold, which was transmitted live there Monday night.

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New York Philharmonic Executive To Resign

Monday, September 27, 2010

Zarin Mehta, the president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic, has announced he will step down at the end of the 2011-12 season.

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On Stage and Screen, The Met's New Ring Makes its Debut

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Tonight's gala opening of Wagner's Das Rheingold launches the biggest production in the Metropolitan Opera's history. Although the entire run is sold out, there are other ways to experience the opera.

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The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania

Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Tonight at 7 pm, a one-hour special on what some claim to be "The Greatest Work of Art Ever." We explore how the grandeur and power of Wagner's monumental 'Ring' has permeated our culture.

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New York Philharmonic Trip to Georgia Called Off

Friday, September 24, 2010

Two concerts by the New York Philharmonic in the Republic of Georgia have been called off after the country cited unexpected budgetary constraints. The performances were to have taken place October 21 and 22.

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Genius Within Probes the Life of Glenn Gould

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Twenty-eight years after his death, pianist Glenn Gould still inspires, or provokes, interest. Genius Within, a new film documentary, explores his eccentric genius.

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Live from the Plaza: at the Philharmonic Dress Rehearsal

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Slideshow: On a picture-perfect Wednesday morning, the WQXR team traveled to Lincoln Center Plaza to broadcast live in anticipation of the New York Philharmonic's opening-night gala concert.

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New York City Opera Chair Steps Down

Friday, September 17, 2010

Former tobacco executive Charles R. Wall is stepping in as chairman of New York City Opera, replacing Susan L. Baker, who has resigned.

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Two from the Vaults: Fritz Kreisler & Jascha Heifetz

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jascha Heifetz and Fritz Kreisler, two of the 20th century's great violinists, were the subject of special birthday tributes on WQXR. For our series ViolinFest, we've scoured the vaults to offer these special archival recordings.

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Imani Winds perform Paquito D'Rivera

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In over a decade, the Imani Winds have expanded the woodwind quintet repertoire well beyond its traditional roots to encompass jazz, Latin, and crossover works. For their latest album, Terra Incognita, the quintet tackles works by three preeminent jazz composers: Jason Moran, Paquito D’Rivera and Wayne Shorter.

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From the Vaults: Isaac Stern with Leonard Lopate

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In this 1999 interview on WNYC's New York & Company, Stern talks with Leonard Lopate about his autobiography, My First 79 Years.

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Instruments of Murder

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Why does the violin world provide such rich fodder for crime writers? Behind the fictional world of legendary instruments and the characters who deal them, steal them, and even kill for them.

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20 Concerts You Can't Miss

Monday, September 13, 2010

After a gruelingly hot summer, New York's classical musicians are back to refresh and renew. Here are 20 selections from the fall's orchestral, vocal, chamber music and opera lineups.

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