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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Did Arnold Schoenberg Paint by Numbers?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Arnold Schoenberg was not only an influential composer but a visual artist of enough skill that his paintings rival masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele, writes Fred Plotkin.

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John Tavener, Composer Associated with Beatles and Princess Diana, Dies at 69

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Tavener, an English composer known for his intensely spiritual works, died on Tuesday at his home in Dorset, England.

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Video: Conductor Starts Concerto Without Soloist

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Veteran's Day concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic faced an awkward moment on Monday, when the orchestra began a newly commissioned piano concerto without the soloist in place on stage.

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Mozart Manuscript, 'Star Wars' Snippet Put Up for Auction

Monday, November 11, 2013

A two-page manuscript from an early Mozart serenade is to be sold at an auction in New York. But will "Star Wars" fans snag the real treasure of the day?

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Paganini Biopic Draws Cool Response in Germany (Video)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"The Devil's Violinist," a new biopic starring the violinist David Garrett as Niccolò Paganini, has drawn some devilish reviews since its opening a week ago. Watch the trailer and tell us what you think.

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Here's Why They Called Her the 'Duchess of Carnegie Hall'

Friday, November 08, 2013

Editta Sherman, a photographer dubbed the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall," died last week at age 101. Here's a gallery of her portraits of classical musicians.

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Valery Gergiev Responds to Gay Rights Protests

Thursday, November 07, 2013

After remaining largely silent to protests, the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev issued a statement on Wednesday seeking to clarify his views on his country's controversial anti-gay laws.

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New York Philharmonic Trumpeter Philip Smith to Retire

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Philip Smith, who has led the New York Philharmonic's trumpet section for 35 years, announced on Tuesday that he will retire in June 2014.

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Musical America Names its Artists of the Year

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Audra McDonald has been named musician of the year by Musical America, the industry publication. Pablo Heras-Casado and the International Contemporary Ensemble are among the other recipients.

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