Review: Met's Revival of Janáček's 'Jenůfa' Highlights Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Karita Mattila's characterization of Jenůfa's tormented stepmother Kostelnicka is the talk of Metropolitan Opera circles, and could well become a signature role.
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Classical Music Videos to Help Us Chill During the Election

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

To help calm our election nerves, we've got a list of the best classical music videos that will chill our tempers and calm our nerves as election day approaches.
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What Can Happen When an Opera Performance is Cancelled

Monday, October 31, 2016

Human ashes in the orchestra pit this weekend caused the Met to halt one performance and cancelled another. Fred Plotkin explains what goes on during a performance cancellation.
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Steve Hackman and The Art of the Classical Mashup

Monday, October 31, 2016

Steve Hackman, a Curtis Institute of Music-trained conductor and composer, has taken the musical mashup concept to a whole new level with pop songs woven into orchestrated classics.
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Met Cancels Performances After Someone Sprinkles Suspicious Powder on Orchestra

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Police say that the powder substance spread into the Met's orchestra pit Saturday, which halted "Guillaume Tell," may have been the ashes of an opera lover.
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Keeping Up With Conductor Gianandrea Noseda

Friday, October 28, 2016

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra return to David Geffen Hall this weekend with the Verdi Requiem. Fred Plotkin journals about the maestro's busy fall. 
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Xian Zhang And New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Begin First Season Together

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Xian Zhang, the internationally acclaimed Chinese-American conductor, has her first concerts as music director of the NJSO this weekend.
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4 Classically Creepy Covers of the 'Halloween' Movie Theme

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

John Carpenter's classic horror film "Halloween" and its soundtrack, which he composed, might be the scariest of all time. Here are some fun covers of the main theme. Boo!
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7 Spooky Classical Pieces For Your Halloween Playlist

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In the spirit of the season, we share these creepy classical jams that no Halloween playlist should be without. What are your favorites?
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Before Verdi There Was Rossini

Monday, October 24, 2016

While in Italy to celebrate Verdi, Fred Plotkin muses on the man who came before him, Rossini.
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Daughter of Composer Alberto Ginastera Opens Up

Monday, October 24, 2016

While she was preparing a new album to celebrate the work of composer Alberto Ginastera, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis met with his daughter, Georgina.
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For ‘William Tell’ Nerds, The Met Does (Reasonably) Well by Rossini's Epic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Tell production at the Met Opera and says that there is much that Rossini's massive epic has to offer, especially at the end.
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The Extraordinary Power of Pianist Emil Gilels

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

During the recent 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate pianist Emil Gilels' uniquely humble and genuine voice, as well as his powerful piano performances.
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Singular Voices: Charles Aznavour

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fred Plotkin continues his series called Singular Voices sharing his thoughts after a recent New York performance by French multi-lingual singer Charles Aznavour. 
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Watch the 'Lord' of Classical Piano Mash-ups and Video Game Renditions

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

You have to watch the ambidextrous piano skills of Lord Vinheteiro as he mashes up the classical greats and chases that fun with a some real-time Mario Bros. musical accompaniment. 
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Musicians Strike, Play Free Concerts

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The musicians and the management of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are locked in a standoff that has led to further concert cancellations through Nov. 18. 
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Watch: Chicago Cubs Get Symphonic Level Support

Monday, October 17, 2016

Watch the Chicago Symphony play a special symphonic rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" to support the Cubs in their World Series quest.
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The Curse of the Ninth Haunted These Composers

Monday, October 17, 2016

As the Halloween season approaches, let's take a look at classical music's strangest superstition — the curse of the ninth symphonies.
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When Pavarotti Reigned as the Classical Crossover Duet King

Monday, October 17, 2016

Luciano Pavarotti was the undisputed king of classical crossover. The duets from his Pavarotti and Friends benefit concerts raised money for victims of war and violence in the 1990s.
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Remembering Broadcaster Peter Allen

Friday, October 14, 2016

In this personal memorial, Fred Plotkin shares his experiences with and appreciation for the WQXR and Met Opera radio broadcaster over the course of many years.
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