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Video: IKEA Shoppers Surprised by Beethoven Flash Mob

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Aisles of ready-to-assemble furniture, members of the Detroit Symphony and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy": Care to guess what happens next?

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Classical Grammy Awards to Minnesota Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Adès

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for its album of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4.

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Classical Music’s Demise? Slate Column Stirs up Anger on Internet

Friday, January 24, 2014

An article with a particularly tough assessment of the state of classical music has stirred up a hornet's nest on the Internet.

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Christa Ludwig, Superstar

Friday, January 24, 2014

If you are a younger reader whose operagoing has been based mostly on seeing physically attractive, even-tempered singers, check out the classic recordings of Christa Ludwig, writes Fred Plotkin.

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New York Philharmonic to Stage Honegger Oratorio with Marion Cotillard

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has said that it will present Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring the Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard at Avery Fisher Hall.

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Renée Fleming to Sing National Anthem at 2014 Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Super Bowl will have a touch of the operatic this year: Soprano Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem.

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Gustavo Dudamel Dedicates Berlioz Requiem to Claudio Abbado

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel will dedicate the Wednesday night performance of the Berlioz Requiem in Paris to the memory of Claudio Abbado. Watch the live webcast here.

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Remembering Claudio Abbado

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Claudio Abbado was a person of strong political and social beliefs, and sought to democratize the audience experience at La Scala during his 18 years there, writes Fred Plotkin in this reflection. 

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Violinist Vanessa-Mae to Ski at Sochi Olympics

Monday, January 20, 2014

The manager of Vanessa-Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics.

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Claudio Abbado, Italian Conductor Who Bred Talent, Dies at 80

Monday, January 20, 2014

Claudio Abbado, who led many of the world's top orchestras while serving as a mentor to countless young musicians, died on Monday. Tonight at 9 pm: hear Abbado's Final Lucerne Program, recorded last August.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Mulls Return Trip to Iran

Friday, January 17, 2014

The last American orchestra to perform in Iran is considering what would be a groundbreaking return concert tour this fall.

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Rookies and Vets Among Best Original Score Oscar Nominees

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Score are an odd assortment of obvious choices, reasonable contenders, and surprises, writes WQXR's David Garland.

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Marilyn Horne: The Lioness in Winter

Thursday, January 16, 2014

After a glorious career of singing operas and songs in all styles and from four centuries, Marilyn Horne set up a foundation to keep song recitals alive. Fred Plotkin shares his admiration for Horne at 80.

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New York City Opera Musicians to Reunite for Anniversary Concert

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Three months after New York City Opera filed for bankruptcy and shut its doors, the company's musicians on Wednesday announced a concert they will produce and play at City Center.

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Minnesota Orchestra Labor Dispute is Over

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The longest labor dispute in the history of American orchestras ended on Tuesday when the Minnesota Orchestra signed a collective bargaining agreement with its unionized musicians.

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Poll: Your Orchestra & Conductor 'Dream Team'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Last week, the classical events finder website Bachtrack published a ranking of the busiest classical musicians in 2013, including orchestras and conductors.

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LA Opera to Give Ghosts of Versailles its West Coast Debut

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The LA Opera will present the West Coast premiere of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles during its 2014-15 season as part of a Figaro Trilogy.

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Was It Worth Observing the Wagner/Verdi/Britten Anniversaries?

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Wagner and Verdi bicentennials in 2013 reinforced certain negative attitudes about the two composers, writes Fred Plotkin. But the Britten centenary was filled with many revelations.

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The Marilyn Horne Matinee

Monday, January 13, 2014

This Thursday, Marilyn Horne, the legendary mezzo-soprano and Operavore show host, celebrates her 80th birthday. In commemoration, hear her signature performances on the Operavore stream.

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3 Classical Music References in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Much has been made of the period-appropriate folk music that runs through "Inside Llewyn Davis." But moviegoers may also spot some pointed references to classical music in the script and the soundtrack.

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