Lenny's Legacy: An Appreciation of Bernstein on His 98th Birthday

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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'Everyone with any connection to music in New York encountered Bernstein,' writes Fred Plotkin, who shares his personal memories of the maestro in honor of his birthday.
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Chiara String Quartet Forgoes Sheet Music to Play by Heart

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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For its new CD, 'Bartok by Heart,' the Chiara String Quartet memorized the composer's six string quartets, totaling approximately 150 minutes of music.
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9 Musical Events Celebrating the National Park Centennial

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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The National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary with several new commissions, including 'Natural History' by Michael Gordon, who spoke to us about his piece.
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Broadway Scam Centers Around Soprano Kathleen Battle

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A talent agent is accused of stealing $165,000 after claiming that he was raising funds to produce a play about Kathleen Battle's tumultuous final day at the Metropolitan Opera.
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Watch: ICE Members Compete in 'Stupid Musician Tricks'

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Musicians in the International Contemporary Ensemble presented an Olympics-style competition as part of its residency at this year's Mostly Mozart Festival.
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Remembering Italian Soprano Daniela Dessì

Monday, August 22, 2016

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The great soprano Daniela Dessi, who died on Saturday, Aug. 20, was a great example of a singer blessed with a rich 'vita interiore,' writes Fred Plotkin.
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Watch: Pianist Yoonie Han Plays Debussy's 'Clair de Lune'

Monday, August 22, 2016

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Pianist Yoonie Han visited the WQXR studios to perform Debussy's famous 'Clair de Lune.' Watch her performance in honor of the composer's 154th birthday.
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Review: 'Idomeneo' at Mostly Mozart Festival Seeks Converts

Friday, August 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns writes that at the Mostly Mozart Festival "Idomeneo" had "a clean, trim narrative and never left left you asking why the opera takes periodic left turns."
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From Sayão to Saudade: Brazil's Contributions to Opera

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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With the Olympics bringing our attention to Brazil, Fred Plotkin looks at the history of opera in the country, including its Amazonian theaters, star singers and intangible emotions.
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Watch: 'The History of Classical Music' in Under 5 Minutes

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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YouTuber Jon Cozart created an a capella video following the (loose) trajectory of classical music, from Hildegard von Bingen to John Williams.
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Review: Couples Are Reunited in Bracing 'Cosi fan tutte'

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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A performance of Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte' at the Mostly Mozart Festival brought a "provocatively bracing, razor-sharp edge" to the opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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5 Versions of the National Anthem that Sparked Outrage

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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The arrangement of a "sadder" "Star-Spangled Banner" at the Olympics has sparked outcry among sports fans and music experts. It's not the first time the anthem has provoked controversy.
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National Sawdust Broadens Its Scope in Second Season

Monday, August 15, 2016

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The Williamsburg-based organization will launch a new publication and present musical theater, in addition to offerings of opera and music, in its sophomore season.
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1,000 Voices Unite for Premiere of 'The Public Domain'

Sunday, August 14, 2016

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Despite a heat advisory for New York City, 1,000 singers braved the steamy weather to make their Lincoln Center debuts on Saturday in David Lang's 'the public domain.'
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Singular Voices: Barbra Streisand

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Fred Plotkin begins a series honoring unique voices from opera and the stage. First up: Barbra Streisand, who is making a pair of rare appearances at the Barclays Center.
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6 US Political Campaigns Set to Classical Music

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

With the 2016 election months away, we've noticed classical music and musicians factoring into the campaigns. It's not the first time that it's happened.
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'Game of Thrones' Tour Brings Live Music to Fans

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

While waiting for the popular television show's seventh season launch, 'Game of Thrones' composer Ramin Djawadi is touring with a live orchestra and chorus.
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Everything Sounds Better in Yiddish

Monday, August 08, 2016

A new production at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene leads Fred Plotkin to ruminate on the roots of Yiddish theater in New York City and its connections to opera.
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9 Classical Music Works Inextricably Linked to the Olympics

Friday, August 05, 2016

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From pieces written exclusively for the games to others that have become identified with them, here are nine works whose history is tied to the Olympics.
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A Recipe for Success on the Opera Stage

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Julia Child once said that the key to successful cooking is buying the right ingredients; likewise in opera, the key to a great performance starts with a great cast.
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