Atlanta Symphony Musicians and Bosses Reach Tentative Deal

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestras musicians and management have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, potentially ending a 10-week lockout.
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Berlin in Mind

Friday, November 07, 2014

"When I think of Berlin, it is often as a place from which New York can learn a lot," writes Fred Plotkin. "Its better traits stand as models for things we might try to emulate."
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Opera Singer Montserrat Caballé Reaches Deal to Avoid Jail for Tax Evasion

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Opera singer Montserrat Caballé has reached a deal with the Spanish tax authorities that will have her pay a fine but avoid jail time over tax evasion charges.
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Top Five Feuds between Musicians and Their Critics

Thursday, November 06, 2014

The dispute over a pianist's review in the Washington Post is the latest in a long line of rifts between performers and critics. Just take a look at these five examples.
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Weaving South African Magic into Mozart

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A production of Mozart's Magic Flute is being staged in New York by the South African theater troupe Isango Ensemble. Operavore's Fred Plotkin gives his reaction.
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Musical America Names Director Peter Sellars Artist of the Year

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Musical America has named opera and theater director Peter Sellars as its 2015 Artist of the Year. Four other honors were also announced Tuesday.
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Video: Orchestra Plays After Eating World's Hottest Chili Peppers

Monday, November 03, 2014

A video has gone viral showing the Danish National Chamber Orchestra attempting to perform after eating some of the world's hottest chili peppers.
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Warner Music Group to Create $100,000 Prize For Classical Musicians

Monday, November 03, 2014

The third-largest music company is scheduled to announce a $100,000 prize for young classical musicians, funded by one of the world's richest men.
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Operatic Fish Tales (for Operavores Who Are Pescavores)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

That the hearty men and women who live with water, waves, briny air and the wondrous fauna that live beneath the surface make for vivid material for opera is no fluke.
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Joyce DiDonato Sings National Anthem – with a Stumble

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oops, another national anthem stumble at the World Series. But the crowd cheered the effort.
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New York Philharmonic Expands Fellowship Programs

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has announced a Global Academy, an expansion of its residency programs in Shanghai, China and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.
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Video: Cellist Plays Duet with Beatboxing Flight Attendant on Airplane

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Southwest Airlines flight to Denver was the scene of an inventive duet recently when Francisco Vila, a cellist, and Maximillian, a beatboxing flight attendant, performed Bach.
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Was Renowned Inventor of Suzuki Violin Method a Fraud?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Shinichi Suzuki, the late, Japanese founder of the Suzuki Method used by hundreds of thousands of violinists, is being accused of lying about his past.
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Is Opera Supposed to Teach Us History?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The staging of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met raises the inevitable question: Should we expect to learn history from the stories of certain operas?
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Where Have the Halloween Concerts Gone?

Monday, October 27, 2014

While Halloween music gets barely gets a nod in New York concert halls, it's on WQXR today.
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Review: Handel's Alcina a Vocal Feast in an Unusually Hushed Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 27, 2014

With Joyce DiDonato leading the cast, Carnegie's concert presentation of Alcina showed why the work should never lose its special occasion status, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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San Francisco, Kansas City Orchestras Make World Series Wager

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Major League Baseball has invited members of the Kansas City Symphony to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” as part of pre-game activities for game six of the World Series.
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Video: Subway Musicians Connect in a Wi-Fi-Enabled Symphony

Friday, October 24, 2014

As Wi-Fi service gradually expands through New York City's subways, it was only a matter of time before busking musicians would find a way to turn it to their advantage.
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Succumbing to the Eboli Virus

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The immediacy and excitement of the music and character of Princess Eboli in Don Carlo are irresistible even to people who insist that they hate opera, writes Fred Plotkin.
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No Joyce DiDonato National Anthem, but Here Are Five Other Must-See Versions

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Though DiDonato might have provided one of the most memorable versions of the national anthem, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, we’ll revisit our five favorite renditions.
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