Celebrating Arturo Toscanini at 150

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Arturo Toscanini looms large over opera and classical music. Fred Plotkin writes of the exacting maestro on his 150th birth anniversary.
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These Philadelphia Orchestra Members Brighten Commutes on Bach's Birthday

Friday, March 24, 2017

Each year on Bach's birthday, musicians all over the world gather in transit hubs to play the music of one of the world's most beloved composers.
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Watch: Leonard Bernstein Presents Yo-Yo Ma, Age 7, to President Kennedy and the World

Friday, March 24, 2017

In 1962, a seven-year-old Yo-Yo Ma performed at a White House benefit concert. Leonard Bernstein introduced the cellist, and reminded us of the transcendent power of the arts.
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The Hair, Clothes and Tunes: ’80s Pop Culture From the 1480s - Present

Thursday, March 23, 2017

You already know we're gearing up for a weekend of all-’80s madness. We're wondering — if each “’80s” were your buddies from high school, how are they holding up now? Let's find out.
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11 Awkward Album Covers from the '80s — Classical Edition

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The ’80s were a time of wonderfully awkward fashions and album covers. The classical recording business was not immune to these trends. Check out this list of some of our favorites.
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The Best of the '80s ... All of Them

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Madonna and Mozart both ruled the '80s ... depending on the century. Tune in this weekend to WQXR to hear these great '80s classics from the 15th century onward.
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Celebrate Stephen Sondheim's Birthday With Selections From 'Passion' and 'Sweeney Todd'

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today, on Sondheim's 87th birthday, rewatch the composer's visit to WQXR and an awesome tribute from the 2010 Proms.
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Composer and Conductor Anton Coppola at 100: Fortissimo

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Composer and conductor Anton Coppola, uncle of film director Francis, turns one hundred years old today. Fred Plotkin visited Coppola in his Manhattan apartment recently.
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Watch: James Rhodes Plays Bach in the WQXR Studios

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Pianist James Rhodes plays a favorite Bach prelude, and tells you how you can play it too.
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Here’s a ‘Happy Birthday’ Fit for Bach

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

On J.S. Bach's birthday, not just any performance of “Happy Birthday” will do. In our opinion, this fugal arrangement is the best bet.
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Marin Alsop: Raising the Bar

Monday, March 20, 2017

Marin Alsop was once told “girls don't conduct.” Now, she’s the director of orchestras in Baltimore and São Paolo and has no plans to slow down.
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Watch: Vivaldi's 'Spring' Like You've Never Imagined It

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring is Here! In celebration, check out this weird but captivating music video of Spring from Antonio Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" featuring violinist Midori Seiler.
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Exclusive Music Video: The Knights' 'Ascending Bird,' Featuring Yo-Yo Ma

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Knights are releasing their new album on March 31. Ahead of the release, they have shared an exclusive first listen of their new work, "Ascending Bird."
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The 20 Essential Bach Recordings

Monday, March 20, 2017

With thousands of Bach music performances committed to recordings, it's hard to know where to begin. Here's our list of essential Bach Recordings.
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Listen: LoftOpera Directors Discuss Their Fresh Take on Rossini's 'Otello'

Friday, March 17, 2017

LoftOpera music director Sean Kelly and stage director John de los Santos joined us in the studio to answer the question of why this opera hasn’t been staged in New York in 40 years.
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Review: LoftOpera's 'Otello' by Rossini Rewards With Three Fine Tenors

Friday, March 17, 2017

David Patrick Stearns reviews LoftOpera's production of the seldom produced, undervalued opera, in what is said to be the first New York staging in 40 years.
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6 Irish Opera Singers You Should Know

Friday, March 17, 2017

Deborah Kelleher, the director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, shares some of her picks for outstanding new Irish singers with Opravore's Fred Plotkin.
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This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Matthew Smith of Nottingham is only 11, but he is a fledgling conductor set to lead a performance of 'Die Fledermaus' next month.
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Deborah Borda is Coming Home to the NY Philharmonic

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Deborah Borda, who helped revitalize the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is returning to New York and the orchestra she led in the 1990s.
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It's Time to Meet the 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant Recipients

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients are some of the finest instrumental talents in the country. Get to know the 2017 recipients and watch some of their outstanding performances.
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