The Art of Staying Awake at the Opera

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the Sandman arrives while you are watching an opera, but there are ways to keep him at bay, writes Fred Plotkin.
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U.S. Open: 11 Classical Pieces Inspired By Tennis

Monday, August 31, 2015

Perhaps no sport has inspired such a wealth of musical riches as tennis. With the start of 2015 U.S. Open, here are 11 works inspired by the game.
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On His 70th Birthday, Appraising Itzhak Perlman's Influence

Monday, August 31, 2015

Perlman's 70th birthday on Monday has brought fresh appraisals of a violinist who has been a media fixture ever since he came to New York in his early teens.
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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Author Who Explored Music's Impact on Brain, Dies at 82

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks, the British neurologist and author who explored the bond between music and our brains, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. 
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Daniel Barenboim Faces Protests from Israel Over Plans for Iran Concert

Friday, August 28, 2015

Daniel Barenboim, the conductor and pianist who in 1999 co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra now faces a new challenge.
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11 Composer Anniversaries and Birthdays to Celebrate in the 2015-16 Season

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Heading into the 2015–16 season, here are 11 anniversaries and birthdays to take mark of, from Satie and Dukas to Carlisle Floyd and Milton Babbitt.
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Airline Drops Pianist from In-Flight Entertainment Over Controversial Tweets

Thursday, August 27, 2015

KLM has dropped a pianist from its in-flight entertainment system after receiving complaints about her Twitter commentary.
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Sydney Icon Remains a Draw, Though Not Necessarily For Opera Fans

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In recent years, Opera Australia has taken a “modernize or die” approach to productions, casting and repertory. But while ticket sales have increased, opera is only part of the picture.
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Aspen Music Festival Students Killed in Car Crash After Season Finale

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Two student brass players who had recently performed in the season-finale concerts of the Aspen Music Festival died Monday night in a car crash.
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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Composers' Super-Fans?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Forget Beliebers and Directioners. How about Mahlerians and Brucknerites? Take our quiz and see where you fall.
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Germany's Echo Klassik Awards Go To Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato

Monday, August 24, 2015

The Echo Klassik Awards, the German classical music industry's biggest event, on Monday announced its 2015 winners.
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Jamie Barton to Replace Elina Garanca in Metropolitan Opera's 'Anna Bolena'

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The company has said that the mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will play Giovanna Seymour in its upcoming run of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena.
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Beau, Beau, Beaumarchais from dell’Arte Opera

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fred Plotkin looks at dell’Arte Opera's August repertory entirely drawn from the writings of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais.
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The Best 7 Classical Music Videos of Summer 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blogger Amanda Angel picks the seven most memorable classical music moments captured on video this summer.
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The Musician Portraits of John Singer Sargent

Monday, August 17, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin digs into a new Metropolitan Museum John Singer Sargent exhibit and discovers many of his portraits of notable musicians from the time.
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Classical Commute: Double Entendre

Sunday, August 16, 2015

All summer long, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: Double Entendre.
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Weekend Picks: Crossover Music for People Who Hate Crossover

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The debate over classical crossover music has been around almost since the term itself emerged sometime in the 1980s. Here are 3 releases that buck the connotations.
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Suspected Thief Said Nothing to Ex-Wife About Stradivarius

Friday, August 14, 2015

A suspected violin thief's wife had no idea that the case in her basement contained a famous Stradivarius that had been stolen in 1980.
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Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado Talks New York Orchestras, Praetorius and Tweet Seats

Friday, August 14, 2015

The young conductor Pablo Heras-Casado has been on many critics' wish lists for a major orchestra post.
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Metropolitan Opera Promotes Mary Jo Heath to New Radio Host

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An internal promotion that takes a behind-the-scenes producer to the forefront of the longest-running classical music radio series in the U.S.
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