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New York Philharmonic Names Joshua Gersen Assistant Conductor

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Less than three weeks after the New York Philharmonic announced that Alan Gilbert will be leaving the orchestra, another podium-related announcement landed on Wednesday.
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Expansion of New York Philharmonic Archives Reveals Colorful Programs of Yore

Monday, February 23, 2015

Concert programs during the first years of the New York Philharmonic often resembled freewheeling variety shows.
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Changes at Palm Beach Opera Bear Fruit

Monday, February 23, 2015

At a time in which there are so many stories of challenge for small opera companies, Palm Beach Opera appears to have successfully reinvented itself, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Alexandre Desplat Wins Oscar for Best Original Score with 'Budapest'

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Alexandre Desplat won his first Academy Award after eight nominations, taking home the Best Original Score trophy for “The Grand Budapest Hotel."
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Carnegie Hall's Weill Retires as Chairman, Succeeded by Perelman

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Carnegie Hall’s Board of Trustees announced it has elected investor Ronald Perelman as chairman to succeed Sanford Weill, who is retiring from the position after 24 years at the helm.
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New Season, New Hopes at the Metropolitan Opera

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fred Plotkin reviews the 2015-16 season announcement from the Metropolitan Opera and finds a lot to like.
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Review: DiDonato Marvels in Rossini's 'La Donna del Lago'

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

You can question the dramatic viability of Rossini's "La Donna del Lago" in the 21st Century but still marvel at Joyce DiDonato surpassing herself in the role of Elena.
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With Charles Dutoit, Swiss Orchestra Returns After Long Absence

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In an effort to evoke the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande's storied past—and generate some buzz for its future—the orchestra is on its first U.S. tour since 2003.
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Mozart's Multicultural Opera Opens in Paris

Friday, February 13, 2015

Mozart's "Orientalist" opera "The Abduction from the Seraglio" recently opened in Paris. As Fred Plotkin writes, it avoided an agit-prop juxtaposition of cultural clash.
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Minnesota Orchestra to Perform Beethoven in Cuba

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cuba will hear its first American orchestra since President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the countries.
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Musical Chairs: Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the Philharmonic?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alan Gilbert’s surprise announcement has brought an assortment of responses and a reckoning of the challenges the orchestra faces.
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Late '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon on His Love of Opera

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last year, the late Bob Simon was a guest on WQXR's Operavore show and spoke about his interests in classical music and opera. Listen to the interview.
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Composer Yehudi Wyner Named President of Arts Academy

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner has been elected president of the American Academy of Art Letters.
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The Five Worst Dates in Opera

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Missed connections, awkward encounters and flat out bad dates – welcome to the world of opera.
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For Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winterreise Conjures Politics, Sex and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
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Dallas Opera Sets Out Welcome Mat to Women Conductors

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

To put it in homespun Texas terms, male conductors are as common as cornbread. Women on major podiums remain a far scarcer sight.
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Channelling Memories: Opera in 1970s Paris and London

Monday, February 09, 2015

As opera capitals, Paris and London had their ups and downs in the 1970s, but at their best they offered cheap tickets and top talent, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Stéphane Denève Makes a Final Debut – In New York

Monday, February 09, 2015

As French conductor Stéphane Denève makes his New York Philharmonic debut, he considers the risks of ghettoizing contemporary music.
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And the Classical Grammy Winners Are...

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Albums featuring two of America’s best-known living composers – both named Adams – won top Grammy Awards in the classical categories.
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In Surprise, Alan Gilbert to Leave New York Philharmonic in 2017

Friday, February 06, 2015

The New York Philharmonic said Friday that Alan Gilbert will be resigning from his post as music director in August 2017, after eight years with the ensemble.
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