Classical Music's Awards Season Heats Up

Friday, April 11, 2014

This Monday, the Pulitzer Prize in music will be handed out, the most high-profile – and debated – composition award around. It arrives in the midst of a busy awards season.

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A Kiss for 'QXR

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It’s quite a surprise, seeing these faces on the WQXR website, isn’t it? But it’s no accident, although our connection is to only one of the members of the rock band KISS.

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Throwback Thursday: Geraldine Farrar (#tbt)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to American soprano Geraldine Farrar.

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J&R Closes its Downtown Music and Electronics Store

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

J&R, the legendary Lower Manhattan music and electronics store, is shutting its doors after 43 years in business.

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Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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Mark O'Connor's Prized Violin Damaged in Backstage Accident

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mark O'Connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD, causing several major cracks in the wood. He tells Elliott Forrest how it happened.

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John Shirley-Quirk, Elegant English Bass-Baritone, Dies at 82

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

John Shirley-Quirk, a singer known for his elegant, mellow bass-baritone which he frequently applied to English repertoire, died on Monday in Bath, England. He was 82.

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Study Casts New Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins

Monday, April 07, 2014

So you think you can tell a fine Stradivarius from a modern violin without reading the label? If not, you're in good company: Neither can several professional violin soloists.

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Soprano Debuts in Two Met Opera Roles Within Day

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after singing her first Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera and going out for dinner. Just 2 1/2 hours later, the Latvian soprano was awakened by Peter Gelb.

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Listen: Los Angeles Philharmonic Keeps Playing During Earthquake

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has released an audio recording of its performance on March 30, during which a 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Walt Disney Concert Hall as the orchestra played Ravel.

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Top 5 Classical Music Moments on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Friday, April 04, 2014

In his 30-plus years at the helm of late night shows, David Letterman has played host to thousands of musicians. Every so often a classical performer would sneak into the mix.

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Itzhak Perlman Airport Incident Prompts Apology, Donation

Friday, April 04, 2014

Days after an airline worker abandoned Itzhak Perlman with his violin, crutches and luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Air Canada has offered an apology and a donation.

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From the Archives: George Shirley Interviews Marian Anderson

Friday, April 04, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of opera singer Marian Anderson's historic Lincoln Memorial concert. Listen to a 1974 interview with Anderson on WQXR.

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Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Cancels Met Appearances

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The company said on Thursday that the Mexican tenor Javier Camarena will take his place in the role of Prince Ramiro.

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Conducting Guru Claims Women Shouldn't Be Conductors

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Another outcry has arisen from comments about women being unsuitable to be conductors. "Some of them are making faces, sweating and fussing," he said.

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In London, Opera Stays in the Conversation

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Visits to London are bracing because it is a place where ideas ferment and people seem engaged with culture as a means of understanding who they are, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Throwback Thursday: Lauritz Melchior (#tbt)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt (Throwback Thursday) artist throughout the day. This week we throw it back to Danish tenor Lauritz Melchior.

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Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Violinist Gil Shaham Takes On a New Role: Crime Fighter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Reports of train stations and shopping malls blaring classical music to chase off vagrants, vandals and ne'er-do-wells have been making headlines for over a decade. Gil Shaham decided to act.

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Ivory Ticklers: Six Funny Classical Piano Comedy Routines

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Although comedy and classical music might seem like an oxymoron, celebrated humorists have fused the two for decades. For this April 1st, here are six standouts.

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