How Beethoven Rallied Students During the Tiananmen Square Uprising

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony could offer a musical analog to the image of the lone protester confronting the tank in the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising in China.

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JFK Airport Customs Officials Seize Budapest Orchestra's Violin Bows

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Budapest Festival Orchestra says that U.S. Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows from the orchestra's string section on Saturday. Here's why.

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What Pieces Should Be Played on the East River Piano?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

If the piano that washed up beneath the Brooklyn Bridge could be salvaged, and left in its current location, what sort of pieces would you want to hear?

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10 Musical Gems from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Massive Image Archive

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been digitizing its vast archives, and this month released for download the first installment on its website.

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How Opera-Going at the Metropolitan Opera Has Changed

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Somewhere along the way, the Metropolitan Opera House went from being a temple of art to becoming a facility," writes Fred Plotkin, in the third of a four-part post-season series on the Met.

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New York Philharmonic Assistant to Jacksonville Symphony

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Courtney Lewis, once described Lewis as "charming, handsome and so properly British," has been named music director of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida.

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Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' Gets an Operatic Take

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

As the music and literary worlds remember the life and career of Maya Angelou, another eminent American author and poet is drawing attention in New York this week.

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Maya Angelou Appeared in Touring Production of Porgy and Bess

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the poet, writer and performer who died at the age of 86, also has a place in the history of opera.

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Video: Barred from Flight, Violinists Play Bach on Tarmac

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two classical violinists said they were barred from boarding a US Airways flight on Monday because they refused to stow their violins in the hold at the request of gate staff. So they did what seemed only logical.

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Just Call it 'Eau de Lang Lang'

Monday, May 26, 2014

Want to smell like Lang Lang? Try jasmine, kyara wood, pink and black pepper, kumquat, bergamotte, gardenia, lavender, cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli and musk.

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Danielle de Niese's Road Trip Playlist

Monday, May 26, 2014

As the summer driving season gets underway, we're asking on-the-go classical musicians for their road trip playlists. The latest installment comes from the American soprano Danielle de Niese.

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Poll: Should Critics Review Opera Singers' Looks?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

When mezzo Tara Erraught was called "dumpy" and "stocky" in newspaper reviews, online pundits reacted angrily, calling the critics sexist and insensitive. Others believe that the critics were on solid ground.

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Philadelphia Orchestra to Video Stream Concert From China

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra, looking to add some sizzle to third annual tour of China, will video stream its concert on Sunday from Shanghai.

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Mozart Manuscript Auctions for $1 Million

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It appears that a remarkable backstory may have helped to drive up the auction price of a five-page Mozart manuscript.

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Happy Birthday, Richard Wagner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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With Wagner's 201st birthday on Thursday, he continues to delight and divide audiences. Tune in to WQXR and the Operavore stream to hear selections from the Wagner canon.

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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer festival season is finally upon us. Consult our lawn-by-lawn guide to the tristate region's top offerings.

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First Lady: Arts Education Good for Good Schools

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

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The State of the Art at the Metropolitan Opera

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin rates the Met's recent new productions. The good: Madame Butterfly, Falstaff, Parsifal. Not so good: "Concept" productions.

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Video: Pianists Bring Interpretive Dance to Rite of Spring

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The pianists Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano have teamed up for an edgy music video featuring an arrangement of The Rite of Spring. The video is a departure for Ott.

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San Diego Opera Will Not Close, Announces 2015 Season

Monday, May 19, 2014

Two months after the San Diego Opera announced it would shut down at the end of 2014, the company's board voted on Friday to put on a 50th anniversary season.

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