When Is an Unfinished Work of Art Incomplete? Part 2

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Fred Plotkin continues his investigation into the nature of unfinished works of arts, including a show at the Met Breuer and two musicals that open this question.
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New York City Opera Spreads Its Wings with 'Florencia'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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'Florencia en el Amazonas,' kicks off New York City Opera's Spanish-language series, with a butterfly-themed production. David Patrick Stearns reviews the performance.
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Kennedy Center Honors Martha Argerich

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Argentine pianist Martha Argerich is among five honorees — including the Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples and James Taylor — to be acknowledged for lifetime artistic achievements.
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Dallas Opera to Support Women Conductors 'For the Long Haul'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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As it announces its second class of participants, the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors has also committed to support women in the conducting field for 20 years.
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When Is an Unfinished Work Incomplete?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Are works left unfinished, such as Gaudí's Sagrada Familia or Schubert's Eighth Symphony, still complete in other ways? Fred Plotkin investigates this question.
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Celebrating Summer with Beethoven's 'Pastoral,' an Evocation of Nature

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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The sounds of waterfalls and cuckoos can be found in Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but the composer wasn't merely mimicking the countryside.
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Blue Skies and Beethoven: Chinese Musicians Spend a Week with the NY Phil

Monday, June 20, 2016

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See photos and read impressions from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy fellows' time with the New York Philharmonic.
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7 Works of Music to Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year

Monday, June 20, 2016

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In honor of the summer solstice, here are seven superlatively lengthy pieces of music that, when listened to in full, will take up a significant portion of the day. 
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Sketches from the Opera House

Friday, June 17, 2016

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A new book featuring drawings of opera singers and houses inspires Fred Plotkin to think about draughtsman, photographers and other artists who've depicted "our favorite art form."
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5 Versions of "Nessun Dorma" that Went Viral

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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From Paul Potts to Laura Bretan, we track the short history of Puccini's "Nessun dorma" on televised reality shows, plus why the aria's fame would have shocked its composer.
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Watch: Video of Lincoln Center's 'Paradise Interrupted'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Hear the virtuosic soprano aria from Huang Ruo's Chinese opera, "Paradise Interrupted," which will receive its New York premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival next month.
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Lincoln Center Announces 2016 White Light Lineup

Thursday, June 16, 2016

William Kentridge, the Berlin Radio Choir, a reconstructed 16th century concert and "Sounds of India" highlight the festival, which explores the spiritual nature of music and art.
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Musicians Commemorate Victims of the Orlando Shooting

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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In New York, a choral gathering created an atmosphere of mourning for Sunday's shooting victims. It was among the musical tributes held in the United States and abroad.
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How to Make Opera Hot and Cool? LoftOpera Has the Recipe

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Startup classical music and opera companies are attracting younger audiences with daring programs in unconventional spaces. Fred Plotkin explores the not-so-new keys to their success.
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Power of Vocal Music Unites Hundreds of New Yorkers in Song

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Two events, the 'Big Sing' and 'the public domain,' are bringing together hundreds of area singers to join together in a pair of monumental performances this summer.
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Did Gershwin Get His ‘Rhythm’ from African-American Composer William Grant Still?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Tony-nominated musical "Shuffle Along" posits that George Gershwin found one of his most famous themes while watching the original 1921 production. Elliott Forrest investigates.
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Watch 371 Trombones Play Wagner and Bernstein

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

On Wednesday, 371 trombone players braved the rainy weather to create their own thunder on the Lincoln Center campus.
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In Dresden Cultural Riches Abound Throughout This 'Florence on the Elbe'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Fred Plotkin visits Dresden, Germany, where he is impressed by a production of 'Lohengrin,' as well as museums, architecture and other musical offerings around the city.
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6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches Offering Advice to Future Musicians

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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A half dozen performers, including Jessye Norman and Claire Chase, share words of wisdom to this year's conservatory graduates as they embark on the next phase of their careers.
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Legendary Voice Teacher and Soprano Phyllis Curtin Dies

Monday, June 06, 2016

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The famed singer, who premiered the title role of Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah" before embarking on a 51-year teaching career, died at the age of 94 at her home in the Berkshires.
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