Orchestra Musician's Cello Damaged in Airline Mishap

Thursday, May 07, 2015

An orchestra musician's prized cello was badly damaged on a flight from LaGuardia on Wednesday, and he blames the airline’s baggage workers for recklessly handling it.
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Collegiate Chorale, Chorus that Robert Shaw Founded, Inches Towards Broadway

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The Collegiate Chorale's two performances this week at Carnegie Hall of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise represent the latest shift towards a more theatrical direction.
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At Baltimore Symphony's Request, Design Students Restyle Orchestra Attire

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A project involving the Baltimore Symphony and the design school Parsons aims to create concert attire that is more lightweight, breathable and contemporary.
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La Scala and Milan Embrace the World

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

A food-themed World's Fair is underway in Milan, Italy. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the musical highs and lows, including new offerings at La Scala.
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Leave Rotterdam Philharmonic Post in 2018

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Rotterdam Philharmonic said on Tuesday that its in-demand principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will step down in 2018, his tenth year on the job.
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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Pleads Not Guilty in Manhattan Court

Monday, May 04, 2015

Stefan Arzberger, the first violinist of the Leipzig String Quartet, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, assault and strangulation in court on Friday.
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12 Composers Who Were Inspired (or Injured!) by Bicycles

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sunday marks the 38th annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour and here are 12 connections between classical music and cycling.
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Dispatch from Florence: Opera Prevails Strikes, Political Turmoil

Friday, May 01, 2015

Despite Florence's history with opera, it is not widely popular with locals or visitors, writes Fred Plotkin. Recently, Italian politics brought new complications.
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Did North Korea Execute Four Orchestra Musicians?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered the execution of four members of Pyongyang's Unhasu Orchestra last month.
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Ravel's 'Gaspard De La Nuit': The Most Difficult Piano Piece Ever?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday at 10:30 am, tune in for a recording of "Ondine" from "Gaspard de la Nuit," and take our poll.
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Iconic Portrait of J.S. Bach Returns to Germany

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A portrait of Bach considered one of the most important paintings in the classical music world is being returned to his home city after a 250-year odyssey.
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After Turmoil, Baltimore Symphony Plays Free Outdoor Concert

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Members of the Baltimore Symphony gave a free concert Wednesday for a city that 36 hours earlier had been rocked by violent protests.
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Met Museum to Expand Concerts to New Breuer Building

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to announce its 2015-16 season Wednesday, one that will include the first performances in the newly acquired Met Breuer building.
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Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter Who Founded Empire Brass, Dies at 63

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rolf Smedvig, the charismatic trumpeter who co-founded the Empire Brass, one of the most successful brass quintets in the past half-century, died on Monday.
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New John Cage Website Aims Set the Record Straight on Composer

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"It's not about doing whatever the hell you want," the famously colorful conductor told an audience of supporters and journalists.
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'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' Get a Leading 12 Tony Noms

Monday, April 27, 2015

"An American in Paris" and "Fun Home" each received 12 Tony Award nominations.
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2015 International Opera Awards, Richard Tucker Award Announced

Monday, April 27, 2015

Classical music's spring awards season is underway, with last week's Pulitzer Prize announcement and now, two sets of accolades from the world of opera.
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Arts Groups Offer 'Sensory-Friendly' Performances for People with Autism

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A growing number of performing arts venues offer programs for families affected by autism spectrum disorder. It's helping some orchestras demonstrate their relevance.
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The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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Valentina Lisitsa to Give Toronto Recitals, a Month After Twitter Uproar

Friday, April 24, 2015

Valentina Lisitsa, the pianist known for her barbed Twitter commentary, has found a way to perform around Toronto after all.
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