Broadway Gobbles up Thanksgiving Records

Monday, December 02, 2013

Thanksgiving was rough on turkeys but pretty good for Broadway theaters - several shows broke records over the holiday weekend, from new kid on the block "Kinky Boots" to the old ruler "The Lion King."

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Venezuela Plans Construction of 'Dudamel Hall'

Monday, December 02, 2013

Frank Gehry has been identified as the architect, though other details including a specific completion date have not been disclosed.

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Marion Lignana Rosenberg, Writer and Classical Music Critic, Dies at 51

Monday, December 02, 2013

Marion Lignana Rosenberg, a writer, critic and translator who chronicled the classical music world with a stylish insight for outlets including WQXR, died on Thursday near Albany, NY.

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Google Doodle Honors 90th Birthday of Maria Callas

Monday, December 02, 2013

Google is honoring what would have been the 90th birthday of operatic soprano Maria Callas with a celebratory Doodle.

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The 2013 Operavore Gift Guide

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Are you making a list and checking it twice? If not, it’s time to get snapping. Operavore can help you choose holiday treats – recordings, books and DVD – that will tickle the fancy of even the most persnickety opera fans.

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Spain Court Acquits Pianist of 'Noise Pollution'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In a widely watched case, a Spanish court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbor.

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Overlooked Opera: Così fan tutte

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Così fan tutte," Fred Plotkin can hear you shriek, “how is that an overlooked opera?” To which he would answer that “overlooked” is a word with shades of meaning.

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Classical Holiday Concerts for Every Taste in 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From medieval Christmas fare to tuba carolers and countless versions of Handel's Messiah, here are some concerts around New York to help you get in the holiday spirit.

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Conductor Throws Cough Drops at Hacking Audience

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"The conductor went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats," according to one eyewitness account.

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Review: St. Louis Symphony's Intense Peter Grimes Caps Britten Centennial

Monday, November 25, 2013

The major Britten centennial event in New York on Friday was a concert version of Peter Grimes. The performers went for broke at every dramatic opportunity, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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St. Lawrence Quartet Hires Second Violinist with Jazz Chops

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The St. Lawrence Quartet announced last week that Mark Fewer will replace Scott St. John as the ensemble’s second violinist.

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Alberto Vilar Returns to New York Prison

Thursday, November 21, 2013

One day after a judge revoked his bail, opera-loving philanthropist Alberto Vilar returned to prison to continue serving a sentence for multimillion-dollar fraud.

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Salzburg Marionette Theater Pulls Strings, Delivers Opera

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In this year of composer anniversaries and in this month’s immersion in Mozart here at WQXR, there is another artistic event worth noting and taking pleasure in, writes Fred Plotkin.

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New York City Opera to Auction Off Instruments, Costumes, Props

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The vestiges of 70 years of operatic history will go on the block on December 12 as New York City Opera plans to auction off its remaining sets, props, costumes, instruments and office equipment.

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Obama Taps Longtime Boston Symphony Staffer for Arts Committee

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

President Barack Obama will appoint Caroline Taylor, a trustee and former staffer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

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A Caroling They Go: Some Radio Stations Can't Wait for Christmas

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More than 150 FM music stations have ditched regular programing this month in favor of an all-Christmas-music format, according to StationIntel.com, a trade publication.

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Eccentric Instrument Brought to Life in Poland

Monday, November 18, 2013

Leonardo Da Vinci excelled at almost everything he turned his hand to, although his mind was often so busy with new projects, he had trouble finishing what he'd started.

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Timeline: JFK's Legacy to Classical Music

Monday, November 18, 2013

President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy brought a particular zeal to hosting musicians at the White House. After JFK's death, many musicians wrote tribute pieces in his memory.

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Listen: Rob Ford, The Opera

Sunday, November 17, 2013

It was bound to happen. A "Rob Ford Opera," commissioned by CBC Radio and sung by emerging artists from Calgary Opera, has gone viral on YouTube.

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World's Oldest Piano Maker Pleyel To Close

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The company was founded in 1807 and supplied instruments to Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Grieg, Ravel and Stravinsky. It has struggled with high costs and increased competition.

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