Throwback Thursday: Kathleen Ferrier (#tbt)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past. Today, it's English contralto Kathleen Ferrier, whose life and career was cut tragically short.

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Planet Opera: Opera in Chicago Avoids Troubles Seen Elsewhere

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Chicago has historically been derided on the coasts as the Second City lacking in cultural heft. But Fred Plotkin finds there's much to enjoy here, including its singer-rich opera company.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Shakespeare and Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How well do you know your William? Are you brainy about the Bard?

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Mariss Jansons to Leave Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 71-year-old Jansons has led the Dutch orchestra since 2004. The orchestra and conductor stated that they are parting on excellent terms.

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Photos: Rafael Nadal Takes Court at Barcelona's Liceu Opera

Monday, April 21, 2014

Eight-time Barcelona Open champion Rafael Nadal joined countryman David Ferrer on Monday for an unusual promotional event.

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Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday with Operavore

Monday, April 21, 2014

In honor of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday we're celebrating his work on the operatic stage. Tune into the Operavore stream every day this week at 2 pm to hear an opera based on his plays.

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5 Classical Music Gems from the Pathé Newsreel Archive

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Film archive company British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of historic films to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th century videos available to the public.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez Inspired Operas

Friday, April 18, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was best known as a Nobel Prize-winning novelist. But the prolific Colombian writer also had ties to opera.

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The Operatic Paolo Veronese

Friday, April 18, 2014

Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese is the subject of a current exhibition at London’s National Gallery. Fred Plotkin considers why he would be a model for scenic designers in opera.

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Is Handel's Messiah Anti-Semitic?

Friday, April 18, 2014

A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.

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Throwback Thursday: Alexander Kipnis (#tbt)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

WQXR

Throwback Thursday (#tbt) is a weekly opportunity to remember musical legends from the past that ignite our passion for opera. This week we throw it back to Russian bass Alexander Kipnis.

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NJ Choral Singer Collapses and Dies at Walt Disney Hall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A choral singer collapsed and died at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Monday, the first death of a musician at the venue since its 2003 opening.

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Voices of Experience: How Singers Protect Their Most Important Asset

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In observance of World Voice Day (April 16), blogger Fred Plotkin asks several physicians, writers and singers about maintaining vocal health during periods of travel or vocal use.

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Neville Marriner, Prolific English Conductor, Active at 90

Monday, April 14, 2014

To commemorate the 90th birthday of English conductor Neville Marriner on Tuesday, there was no shortage of recordings for WQXR to choose from.

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John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. Commissioned by Seattle Symphony, it carries a message about the impact of climate change.

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Injured Lorin Maazel Cancels More Concerts, With Wide Repercussions

Monday, April 14, 2014

An unnamed accident has caused Lorin Maazel to drop out of a series of high-profile concerts this spring, the latest being the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 10-day tour to Japan and China.

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Chicago Classical Station Hits Pledge Drive Record By Using Obscure Piano CD

Monday, April 14, 2014

WFMT hit a one-day record for a pledge drive by relying solely on the music of Vera Gornostaeva, an 84-year-old Russian pianist who spent the peak of her career shrouded behind the Iron Curtain.

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Review: Tenors Florez, Brownlee Offer New Albums

Saturday, April 12, 2014

For more than a decade, Peruvian Juan Diego Florez and American Lawrence Brownlee have been the world's leading bel canto tenors. Now in their early 40s, they have released new albums.

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Classical Music's Awards Season Heats Up

Friday, April 11, 2014

This Monday, the Pulitzer Prize in music will be handed out, the most high-profile – and debated – composition award around. It arrives in the midst of a busy awards season.

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A Kiss for 'QXR

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It’s quite a surprise, seeing these faces on the WQXR website, isn’t it? But it’s no accident, although our connection is to only one of the members of the rock band KISS.

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