Three Categories to Watch in the Classical Grammy Race

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Of the 81 Grammy categories, eight are devoted exclusively to classical music. Here are three categories to watch in advance of the awards.

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Kennedy Center Names its First Woman President

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was named president of the Kennedy Center, becoming the first woman to lead the performing arts center since it opened in 1971.

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WQXR's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

There’s still time to get the perfect present for the classical music lover on your list.

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Berlin Philharmonic Announces Fall 2014 Residency in New York

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Berlin Philharmonic on Monday announced a New York residency for October 2014 that will span six concerts and three of the city’s biggest cultural institutions.

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Totally Mozart: A London Company Takes on All of His Operas

Monday, December 09, 2013

What does it take to present all of Mozart's 20-plus operas? Operavore's Fred Plotkin talks to the founder of a London-based company that plans to do a two-decade cycle of the works.

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La Scala's La Traviata Opener Gets Mixed Reviews (Video)

Sunday, December 08, 2013

La Scala's gala season premiere Saturday opened with spontaneous applause for Nelson Mandela's memory and closed with mixed reviews for La Traviata.

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Review: In Metropolitan Opera's Falstaff, An Old Rogue Takes on a Dark Edge

Saturday, December 07, 2013

In Robert Carsen's production of Falstaff, 1950s England stands in for the Windsor of Shakespearean antiquity. The conceit mostly works, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Milwaukee Symphony Faces 'Possible Extinction' Due to Budget Crisis

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Milwaukee Symphony plans to reduce the size of the ensemble and slash its performance schedule in an effort to address a multimillion-dollar budget deficit in its last fiscal year.

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Nelson Mandela, Sunsets and Classical Music

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In one often-repeated anecdote, one of Nelson Mandela's greatest pleasures was listening to classical recordings while watching the sunset.

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Benjamin Zander, Maestro Who Works to Motivate

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Benjamin Zander is known for being many things: a late-blooming conductor, a motivational speaker, an educator and Mahler specialist. What he’s not known for is shyness before a microphone.

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Metro-North Derailment Victim Beloved Member of NYC Chorus

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A choral singer who was on her way to Manhattan for a performance of Handel’s Messiah was among the four victims in the Metro-North train derailment on Sunday.

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Looking for Maria Callas in Paris

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Maria Callas is fading from memory as a performer and is now being built up as a myth and an icon. So how can she be best remembered? Should it be with an opera?

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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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