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Musical Chairs: Who Will Replace Alan Gilbert at the Philharmonic?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alan Gilbert’s surprise announcement has brought an assortment of responses and a reckoning of the challenges the orchestra faces.
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Minnesota Orchestra to Perform Beethoven in Cuba

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cuba will hear its first American orchestra since President Obama moved to restore diplomatic relations between the countries.
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Late '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon on His Love of Opera

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Last year, the late Bob Simon was a guest on WQXR's Operavore show and spoke about his interests in classical music and opera. Listen to the interview.
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Composer Yehudi Wyner Named President of Arts Academy

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner has been elected president of the American Academy of Art Letters.
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The Five Worst Dates in Opera

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Missed connections, awkward encounters and flat out bad dates – welcome to the world of opera.
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For Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Winterreise Conjures Politics, Sex and Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tenor Ian Bostridge has fused his backgrounds in academia and art song with a new book on Schubert’s Winterreise.
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Dallas Opera Sets Out Welcome Mat to Women Conductors

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

To put it in homespun Texas terms, male conductors are as common as cornbread. Women on major podiums remain a far scarcer sight.
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Channelling Memories: Opera in 1970s Paris and London

Monday, February 09, 2015

As opera capitals, Paris and London had their ups and downs in the 1970s, but at their best they offered cheap tickets and top talent, writes Fred Plotkin.
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Stéphane Denève Makes a Final Debut – In New York

Monday, February 09, 2015

As French conductor Stéphane Denève makes his New York Philharmonic debut, he considers the risks of ghettoizing contemporary music.
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And the Classical Grammy Winners Are...

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Albums featuring two of America’s best-known living composers – both named Adams – won top Grammy Awards in the classical categories.
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In Surprise, Alan Gilbert to Leave New York Philharmonic in 2017

Friday, February 06, 2015

The New York Philharmonic said Friday that Alan Gilbert will be resigning from his post as music director in August 2017, after eight years with the ensemble.
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Video: How to Make a Flying Violin

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A video has been making the rounds on YouTube showing an antique violin modified for flight – a "Violincopter," as it's dubbed.
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Opera Company Adds Nudity to Salome, Stirring Uproar

Thursday, February 05, 2015

A staging of Richard Strauss's "Salome" is causing controversy after the company decided to add nudity to the climactic "Dance of the Seven Veils."
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Promoting Access for All

Thursday, February 05, 2015

For a person with physical disabilities, getting to the opera can pose particular challenges. Blogger Fred Plotkin offers some tips for those who are less mobile.
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New York Philharmonic to Collect Fan Photos for 50th Season of Summer Parks Concerts

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the series, which will run from June 17 through 23.
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San Francisco Symphony Signs 3-Year Labor Deal

Monday, February 02, 2015

The San Francisco Symphony has reached a new labor agreement with its musicians, less than two years after a strike led to the cancellation of an East Coast tour.
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Conductor Collapses on Stage and Dies

Saturday, January 31, 2015

 Organizers of a Swiss music festival say Israeli conductor Israel Yinon collapsed during a performance and died.
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Anti-Putin Protester Takes the Stage at Metropolitan Opera

Friday, January 30, 2015

An anti-Vladimir Putin protester who took the stage at the Metropolitan Opera has been at the center of previous political demonstrations.
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Review: A Strange Night at the Metropolitan Opera's Bluebeard and Iolanta

Friday, January 30, 2015

With an on-stage protester and a hallucinatory staging of Bluebeard's Castle, a night at the Metropolitan Opera becomes unsettling, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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The Russians Are Here: NYC's Passionate Concert-Goers

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Russian speakers from the former USSR are a very important part of New York’s audience for opera and classical music. Fred Plotkin considers the roots of their passion.
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