Remembering James S. Marcus

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The New York philanthropist who was a passionate supporter of classical music, opera and the vocal arts dies at 85.
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A Box and a Hammer: The Story of Mahler's 6th on his 155th Birthday

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Tuesday marks the 155th birthday of Austrian composer, Gustav Mahler.
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Germany vs. Greece At The Opera

Monday, July 06, 2015

Blogger Fred Plotkin explains how in the current European clash Germany and Greece may be cast in the roles of Apollo and Dionysus.
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Classical Commute: Eganam Segbefia

Monday, July 06, 2015

Every Monday this summer, we are profiling subway musicians who make our commutes a little bit cooler with classical music.
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Benedict XVI is Honored for Keen Devotion to Classical Music

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected on Saturday on classical music as an "encounter with the divine."
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Q&A: Bartok's Biographer Addresses Questions of Asperger's Syndrome

Saturday, July 04, 2015

A new biography explores the ethnic traditions that inspired Bartók, his professional ties, and suggestions that he may have suffered from Asperger's Syndrome.
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After Tumultuous Premiere, Royal Opera House Issues Warning for 'William Tell'

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Royal Opera House says it is asking movie theaters to change the age rating for its production of Rossini's William Tell.
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I Left My Harp in San Francisco

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Attending four sensational opera performances in less than a week should be satisfaction enough for any music lover. But this city offers so much more, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Webcast: Tchaikovsky Competition Names Winners

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar (pictured), a 27-year-old Mongolian baritone, on Friday won the Grand Prix in the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
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Houston Symphony Hires New York Philharmonic Clarinetist

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mark Nuccio, the New York Philharmonic's associate principal and solo E-flat clarinetist for the past 16 years, is leaving for the Houston Symphony.
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Royal Opera House 'William Tell' with Gang-Rape Scene Draws 'Unprecedented' Booing

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The opening night performance of a new production at London's Royal Opera House was marked by loud and prolonged booing.
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Bayreuth Adds Parking Space, Prematurely Reveals next Music Director

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Bayreuth Festival on Monday made official what was known for several days in opera circles, that the conductor Christian Thielemann will become its music director.
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On Her Birthday, Watch Anne-Sophie Mutter Play From Her Point of View

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The violinist, who is turning 52, has released a video offering a rarely-seen perspective of her playing, filmed with a GoPro camera mounted on her head.
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Collegiate Chorale Plans to Change Its Name

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Collegiate Chorale, a 175-voice chorus founded in New York City in 1941, plans to change its name, according to a source close to the organization.
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Speechless in St. Petersburg: Opera Pros Suggest Cures for Laryngitis

Friday, June 26, 2015

When Fred Plotkin lost his voice recently, he turned to opera professionals, who offered recommendations for nostrums, elixirs and behavioral adaptation.
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Sharon Isbin on Gay Marriage, Bach and Protecting Her Hands

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sharon Isbin's resume is a long list of groundbreaking firsts. In an interview with WQXR's Elliott Forrest, the guitarist expresses her hope for another first this year.
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Pride Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Gay Composers

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ahead of Sunday's gay pride parade, we invite you to learn more about the history of LGBT composers through our quiz.
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Diagnosed with Brain Tumor, Cancels Performances

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has canceled his summer performances after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
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Classical Music Collectibles to Be Auctioned off – on EBay

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

An eBay auction features manuscripts, letters, signed photographs from Berlioz, Bernstein, Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, Genoud, Ravel and even Schubert.
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Valentina Lisitsa Gives Concert in Ukraine's Rebel-Held Donetsk

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The pianist gave an open-air concert Monday night in Donetsk, the rebel-held city in eastern Ukraine.
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