Christmas Classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' Becomes An Opera

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Frank Capra's Christmas classic gets a modern update, as composer Jake Heggie takes "It's a Wonderful Life" to the Houston Grand Opera.
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Watch: Splendid Mozart Flute Concerto Performed For the Very First Time

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

On the 225th anniversary of the death of the beloved composer, a never-performed Mozart composition premiere's at Turkey’s International Şefika Kutluer Festival.
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French Lessons in Chicago with 'Les Troyens' and 'Don Quichotte'

Monday, December 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin visits Chicago and attends impressive performances of "Les Troyens" and "Don Quichotte" at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 
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Top 20 Selling Classical and Crossover Albums of 2016

Monday, December 05, 2016

Take a listen to 20 of the top-selling classical music releases as determined by sales and Nielsen data on Billboards top Classical charts in 2016.
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How Classical Elevated the Oscar-Winning Film 'Birdman'

Monday, December 05, 2016

The jarring juxtaposition of Antonio Sánchez’s improvised drumming with iconic pieces of classical music transformed much of Alejandro Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning film "Birdman."
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Review: Kaija Saariaho Opera Walks On Artificial Water at the Met

Friday, December 02, 2016

Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" is one of the operatic wonders of our time, though the best efforts of the Met Opera didn't always reveal that to Thursday's opening night audience.
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NYC's Empire State Building Turns Blue For WQXR's 80th Anniversary

Friday, December 02, 2016

Saturday, Dec. 3, the iconic Manhattan landmark will turn WQXR blue in honor of our 80 years of bringing the best classical music to New York City — and today around the world.
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Timeline: Discover WQXR's Historic 80 Years of Broadcasting

Friday, December 02, 2016

On Saturday, Dec. 3, WQXR turns 80! Here's a look back at the station's rich history of bringing great classical music to New York City and beyond.
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The Show Must Go On

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Sometimes one must brave uncertainty and forge ahead. Fred Plotkin shares some examples of performers that have done so under difficult circumstances.
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Watch: Yuja Wang's Mozart Encore That Everyone Is Sharing

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Yuja Wang just took apart and rebuilt Mozart's Rondo alla Turca in a truly unusual way and so we had to share it with you.
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Watch: Child Prodigy's Delightful 'Night Before Christmas' Composition

Monday, November 28, 2016

Watch this Christmas composition performed by child prodigy Alma Deutscher, whose original opera Cinderella debuts in December.
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The Ultimate Holiday Music Guide For New Yorkers

Friday, November 25, 2016

The holidays in New York are enriched every year with a whole host of concert performances, including a mess of Messiahs and other great music experiences.
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6 Great Classical Music 'Thank You' Compositions

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Some are memorials, some are full of love, but at the heart of them a profound “Thank You” can be heard. Here are six classical pieces that were written as a token of thanks.
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Gratitude, Just When We Need it Most

Monday, November 21, 2016

Acknowledging those people and things who contribute to the greater good makes us feel better and, yes, truly grateful, writes Fred Plotkin, especially for what is expressed in music.
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5 Classical Music Rivalries That Left Bad Blood

Monday, November 21, 2016

Even though the music makes you feel great, there were some composers who just couldn't get along. Here are five bad blood rivalries of classical music.
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Tanglewood's 2017 Season: Contemporary Pieces and New Outdoor Activities

Friday, November 18, 2016

The new BSO season at Tanglewood includes masterpieces, something for contemporary composition fans and new initiatives to engage concert-goers with the outdoors nearby.
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The Exquisite Musical Tastes of Author Haruki Murakami

Thursday, November 17, 2016

In celebration of Murakami’s latest book, a conversation on music with legendary Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, we present five of our favorite classical references in his works.
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Why It's More Difficult Than Ever to Become an Opera Singer

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fred Plotkin on the many things opera singers must now do to launch, grow and sustain their careers outside knowledge, artistry and health.
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Review: Kathleen Battle Returns to the Met

Monday, November 14, 2016

Kathleen Battle's hyped return to the Metropolitan Opera began 30 minutes late. But once she started, she showed no signs of stopping.
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Leonard Bernstein Makes His Carnegie Hall Debut With A Moment's Notice

Monday, November 14, 2016

On Nov. 14, 1943, Leonard Bernstein was told that day he would be conducting the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall for the very first time. Watch Hershey Felder reenact that moment.
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