Musicians Commemorate Victims of the Orlando Shooting

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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In New York, a choral gathering created an atmosphere of mourning for Sunday's shooting victims. It was among the musical tributes held in the United States and abroad.
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How to Make Opera Hot and Cool? LoftOpera Has the Recipe

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Startup classical music and opera companies are attracting younger audiences with daring programs in unconventional spaces. Fred Plotkin explores the not-so-new keys to their success.
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Power of Vocal Music Unites Hundreds of New Yorkers in Song

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Two events, the 'Big Sing' and 'the public domain,' are bringing together hundreds of area singers to join together in a pair of monumental performances this summer.
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Did Gershwin Get His ‘Rhythm’ from African-American Composer William Grant Still?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Tony-nominated musical "Shuffle Along" posits that George Gershwin found one of his most famous themes while watching the original 1921 production. Elliott Forrest investigates.
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Sometimes You Need an #OperaBoost

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Highlights of classical music and opera content from the web, collected by WQXR hosts, editors and producers. This week features a pair of opera stars crashing CBS's 'Late Late Show.'
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Watch 371 Trombones Play Wagner and Bernstein

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

On Wednesday, 371 trombone players braved the rainy weather to create their own thunder on the Lincoln Center campus.
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In Dresden Cultural Riches Abound Throughout This 'Florence on the Elbe'

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Fred Plotkin visits Dresden, Germany, where he is impressed by a production of 'Lohengrin,' as well as museums, architecture and other musical offerings around the city.
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6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches Offering Advice to Future Musicians

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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A half dozen performers, including Jessye Norman and Claire Chase, share words of wisdom to this year's conservatory graduates as they embark on the next phase of their careers.
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Legendary Voice Teacher and Soprano Phyllis Curtin Dies

Monday, June 06, 2016

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The famed singer, who premiered the title role of Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah" before embarking on a 51-year teaching career, died at the age of 94 at her home in the Berkshires.
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A Wish List for Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Metropolitan Opera

Friday, June 03, 2016

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As the Metropolitan Opera welcomes its future music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fred Plotkin offers a few suggestions for both the maestro and the organization.
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Review: 'The Importance of Being Earnest' Crashes into the NY Phil Biennial

Friday, June 03, 2016

Gerald Barry's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' received its U.S. stage premiere in a plate-smashing and somewhat confounding production by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center.
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Why Pianists Love Chopin

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Before they gather to play more than 10 hours of his work for solo piano, we asked performers in WQXR's All-Day Chopin Marathon about their connection to the composer.
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Named Met's Next Music Director

Thursday, June 02, 2016

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who in the 2020-21 season will assume the role held by James Levine, will have an immediate involvement in the company's artistic planning.
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7 Series in NYC Presenting World-Class Music for Free

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WQXR
From aural and literal fireworks in Central Park to a communal play-along of a Ravel masterpiece, here are gratis summer music performances in NYC to mark on your calendar.
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How Deborah Rutter Manages: A Conversation with the Kennedy Center President

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fred Plotkin sits down with Deborah Rutter for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
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Graham Parker, WQXR GM, to Head Universal Classics, USA

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Graham Parker, who guided WQXR in its transition to a public radio station, will be moving on to the Universal Music Group in July.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Summer Productions in North America

Monday, May 23, 2016

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In his second column highlighting opera festivals and productions around the world, Fred Plotkin chronologically combs through the top events in North America.
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Forging a New Festival In and Inspired by the Mountains

Thursday, May 19, 2016

WQXR
The creative minds behind the Tippet Rise Art Center, which opens on June 17, spoke to WQXR about creating a destination for art and music lovers in the middle of remote Montana.
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An Opera Lover's Guide to Europe's Leading Festivals

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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In the first of two columns highlighting summer festivals abroad and at home, Fred Plotkin goes through the calendar to find Europe's best opera productions of the season and beyond.
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A Commencement Address to Vocal Arts Graduates, Class of 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

If Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin were to give a graduation commencement address, this is what he might say.
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