6 Chilling Works to Combat the Summer Heat

Friday, July 22, 2016

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With sweltering temperatures rising higher and a 'heat dome' on its way, here are six classical works to provide a necessary and refreshing cool breeze to these hot and humid days.
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Notes on a Week of High Drama in London

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Fred Plotkin experiences theater on both London's cultural and political stages during his latest visit in which he saw the opera, a Shakespearean drama and a change of prime ministers.
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How to Make Music Out of 57 Individual Themes

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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The creator of 'Classical Music Mashup,' a YouTube video that combines more than 50 themes by 33 composers, explains how he fused them into a single coherent and utterly delightful work.
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A Coughing Matter

Friday, July 15, 2016

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Are fragrances and overactive cooling systems driving audiences into hacking fits? Fred Plotkin muses on the state of air quality in our theaters.
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Review: 'Paradise Interrupted' Fuses Eastern Manners with Western Narrative

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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A striking production of Huang Ruo's "installation opera" was presented with the Chinese opera star, Qian Yi. Critic David Patrick Stearns weighs in. 
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6 Performers Using Music to Make the World a Better Place

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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In response to the horrific events of recent weeks, here are classical musicians using their art to advocate for peace, justice, environmentalism and other good causes.
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Finding Opera and Freedom in Cincinnati

Monday, July 11, 2016

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A trip to Cincinnati to see productions of Beethoven's 'Fidelio' and Gregory Spears's 'Fellow Travelers' spurs a meditation on opera's relevance to real life. 
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Entrance Interview: Matthew Shilvock, SF Opera's Next General Director

Thursday, July 07, 2016

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Before he becomes the general director of San Francisco Opera on Aug. 1, Matthew Shilvock spoke to Fred Plotkin about his vision for the company.
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5 Mid-Century American Works that Deserve to Be Included in the Canon

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Alan Fletcher, president of the Aspen Music Festival, lists five lesser-known American masterpieces featured this year, and one that just missed the cut, that he's passionate about.
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Watch: Inon Barnatan Plays Mendelssohn at the Steinway Factory

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Pianist Inon Barnatan visited the Steinway Factory in Queens where he performed Mendelssohn's Rondo capriccioso. Watch an exclusive video of his virtuoso performance.
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How 'Brexit' Affects Opera and the Arts

Friday, July 01, 2016

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From artist contracts to work visas, Fred Plotkin looks at the implications of Britain's vote to leave the European Union in the opera world and beyond.
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Listen: Musicians Protest Brexit with 'Ode to Joy'

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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In response to Britain's vote to leave the European Union, a group of musicians performed the EU anthem, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," hoping music will prove a uniting force.
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8 Female Composers Who Were Hits in Their Own Time

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Anna Beer, author of a new book profiling the lives of female composers from the 17th to the 20th centuries, talks about the women who succeeded against the odds.
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When Is an Unfinished Work of Art Incomplete? Part 2

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Fred Plotkin continues his investigation into the nature of unfinished works of arts, including a show at the Met Breuer and two musicals that open this question.
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New York City Opera Spreads Its Wings with 'Florencia'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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'Florencia en el Amazonas,' kicks off New York City Opera's Spanish-language series, with a butterfly-themed production. David Patrick Stearns reviews the performance.
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Kennedy Center Honors Martha Argerich

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Argentine pianist Martha Argerich is among five honorees — including the Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples and James Taylor — to be acknowledged for lifetime artistic achievements.
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Dallas Opera to Support Women Conductors 'For the Long Haul'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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As it announces its second class of participants, the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors has also committed to support women in the conducting field for 20 years.
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When Is an Unfinished Work Incomplete?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Are works left unfinished, such as Gaudí's Sagrada Familia or Schubert's Eighth Symphony, still complete in other ways? Fred Plotkin investigates this question.
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Celebrating Summer with Beethoven's 'Pastoral,' an Evocation of Nature

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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The sounds of waterfalls and cuckoos can be found in Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but the composer wasn't merely mimicking the countryside.
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Blue Skies and Beethoven: Chinese Musicians Spend a Week with the NY Phil

Monday, June 20, 2016

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See photos and read impressions from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy fellows' time with the New York Philharmonic.
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