American Opera Star Shirley Verrett Dies at 79

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Shirley Verrett, the American opera singer known for her powerful, dark voice, exceptional range and riveting characterizations, died Friday.

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Richard Stoltzman's Clarinet Playing Hits New Notes

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Arguably the world's best-known clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman tells Jeff Spurgeon about his early days with the freewheeling chamber group TASHI, his idols including Benny Goodman, a...

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Naomi's Praline Pumpkin Pie

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Back by popular demand, host Naomi Lewin gives us a preview of the pumpkin pie that will be on her table for this year's Thanksgiving feast.

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10 Questions for Charles Rosen

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The iconclastic pianist, author and scholar Charles Rosen talks with us about his far-reaching career, his love of Chopin, and the future of classical music.

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Opera's Unsung Heroes

Sunday, October 31, 2010

When a singer at the Metropolitan Opera forgets a line, they turn to one of five full-time prompters, individuals who serve as safety nets and who possess unheralded and truly hidden talents.

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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 record...


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 cla...

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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 revis...

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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?


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.


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.


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 r...

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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.