Understanding Classical Musicians (and Fans) Through Their Custom Plates

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

You can express a lot of things on license plates.
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Kevin Puts, Composer, Mork Superfan, Writes Tribute to Robin Williams

Monday, August 03, 2015

"I think the piece embodies his spirit and his humor and also the kind of darkness that is underneath his façade of incredible humor and cheerfulness," said the composer.
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Someone's Cooking at the Opera

Monday, August 03, 2015

When opera singers or actors are called on to cook on stage, their job suddenly gets far more complicated – whether it's frying bacon or cleaning a fish.
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Boston Symphony Extends Andris Nelsons' Contract Through 2022

Monday, August 03, 2015

Less than a year after Andris Nelsons became the Boston Symphony's music director, the orchestra has taken the unusual step of extending his contract to eight years.
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Review: Andrea Bocelli Falls Short on Puccini's 'Turandot'

Sunday, August 02, 2015

"This is a misguided undertaking," writes Mike Silverman, "exposing the folly of even the most expert pop vocalist trying to pose as an opera singer."
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Classical Commute: James Graseck

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: violinist James Graseck.
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Poll: Who Wrote the Greatest 10th Symphony Ever?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Philip Glass is the latest composer to avoid the so-called "Curse of the Ninth Symphony" and write a 10th Symphony. What's your favorite?
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The Expo Effect: Why New York Needs Big Cultural Initiatives

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York City desperately needs to make real its sense of being the most consequential metropolis in the world, writes Fred Plotkin. This can happen through major arts projects.
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Metropolitan Opera Drops Free Simulcast at Lincoln Center; Adds to Times Square

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera has said that it will no longer host a free opening night simulcast on Lincoln Center Plaza. More seats are coming to Times Square, however.
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15 Rock and Pop Favorites from Serious Classical Musicians

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Not all classical musicians listen to classical music all the time. Here are some surprising acts that you’d find on their personal playlists.
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Watch: 5 Classical Music Gems from the Associated Press's Massive New YouTube Archive

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Associated Press and British Movietone recently published their extensive newsreel archives on YouTube.
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Jonas Kaufmann: 'Please Do Not Be Deceived by This Album'

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The tenor Jonas Kaufmann has issued an unusual warning, telling fans not to buy an upcoming release of Puccini arias from his former label.
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Metropolitan Opera Targets TV Sets, Launching Roku Channel

Monday, July 27, 2015

The opera house on Monday announced a new channel on Roku, the system that allows you to stream Internet video through your television.
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Your Musical Taste Says a Lot About How You Think, Says New Study

Monday, July 27, 2015

Whether you prefer Vivaldi or Metallica, Scriabin or Norah Jones, reveals a lot about the way you think, according to a new University of Cambridge study.
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Bayreuth's Wagner Festival Kicks off with 150th Anniversary 'Tristan'

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bayreuth's annual opera festival is kicking off with a new production of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde by the composer's great-granddaughter, festival director Katharina Wagner.
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Classical Commute: Emily Hopkins

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music. This week: Emily Hopkins, harp.
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How Opera Productions are Revived

Friday, July 24, 2015

three-quarters of the operas at the Met next season will be productions from the past, including Wagner's Tannhäuser. Fred Plotkin looks at the art of the revival.
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Paul Freeman, Founder of Chicago Sinfonietta, Dies at 79

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paul Freeman, the founder of the Chicago Sinfonetta, died on Tuesday. Listen to a 1975 interview with him from WQXR's show Classical Music and the Afro-American.
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11 Composers Enchanted by Outer Space (Pluto Edition)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

In honor of NASA's mission to Pluto, here are 11 composers who have also explored the universe with their music.
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Video: Tuba Player Mocks White Supremacist Marchers with 'Ride of the Valkyries'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

"I didn't really know how to show my opposition," said the musician, "so that was my way of doing it."
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