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 instrum...

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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 ea...

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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 broa...

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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 be...

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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 DiMen...

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Watch that Sword! Carmen Goes 3D

Monday, March 07, 2011

In the latest effort to bring a populist touch to opera, London's Royal Opera House has teamed up with a developer of 3D movie technology to offer a new 3D film version of Carmen. It'...

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Eight Revelations from the New York Philharmonic Archives

Monday, March 07, 2011

The New York Philharmonic has been digitizing its vast archives, and recently unveiled its first installment online. It includes some telling glimpses into the orchestra's rough-and-...

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New York Philharmonic Musicians Support Detroit Strike

Friday, March 04, 2011

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic will wear blue wristbands during performances this weekend to show their support for their striking colleagues in Detroit, according to The American Federation of Musicians.

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Café Concert: Leila Josefowicz

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Leila Josefowicz is not a violinist who normally gets pigeonholed as a new-music specialist and yet she has devoted a substantial portion of her activities in recent years to champi...

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Top Five Women Composers

Thursday, March 03, 2011

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are a selection of ladies, who might be better known if they had been afforded the same opportunities available to their male counterparts.

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James Levine Leaving the Boston Symphony

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

James Levine, suffering from debilitating back problems, will step down from his post as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on September 1. He will continue serving a...

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James Levine Pulls Out of Boston Symphony Season

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Boston Symphony Orchestra said on Tuesday that James Levine, its music director, will miss the remainder of the orchestra's season as a result of the back problems that have plagued him for months.

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Detroit Symphony Musicians Offer to Return with No Contract

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Striking musicians with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra say they'll return to work without a contract. Cellist and spokesman Haden McKay says the issues will be worked out through binding arbitration, after a contentious, nearly five-month strike.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Full Percussion Section Quits

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

In the latest twist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra strike, the full percussion section has announced their departure. The news comes in the wake of the cancellation of the remainder of the orchestra's season.

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In Oregon, the Sweet Sounds of Crime Reduction

Monday, February 28, 2011

Classical music soothes the savage breast -- at least that's the hope of law enforcement officials in Portland, OR. A new bill now in committee seeks to install classical music speake...

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'The Social Network' Wins Oscar for Best Original Score

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's synth-heavy, non-orchestral soundtrack for "The Social Network" was awarded Best Original Score at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The duo also won th...

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Rossini's 'Largo al factotum'

Friday, February 25, 2011

Figaro's aria "Largo al factotum" from Rossini's Barber of Seville appeared in numerous cartoons during the 1930s and 40s. It shows up no fewer than nine times in Warner Bros. cartoo...

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Café Concert: Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Friday, February 25, 2011

The 23-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs live in the WQXR Cafe, and explains why mental toughness is the key to mastering the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

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