Kickstarter vs. The NEA: Which Provides More Arts Funding?

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A talk last week at the Aspen Institute reignited a debate that has been circulating in the arts world over the past year: does the website Kickstarter raise more money for the arts than the federal government?

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Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Cheers on Andy Murray at Wimbledon Final

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Sunday's Wimbledon final attracted a host of high-profile faces, including at least one from the world of classical music: bespectacled pianist Mitsuko Uchida was seen cheering in the royal box.

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Having Trouble Breathing? Try Singing

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Doctors at London's Royal Brompton Hospital started a program to help people with lung disease after reasoning that the kind of breathing used by singers might also help lung patients.

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Cairo Opera House Suspends Activities in Face of Military Coup

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

As Egypt’s military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the nation’s first freely elected president, the country's largest performing arts institution took steps to avoid being swept into chaos.

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King George III: Mad About Opera

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

An opera about George III, who reigned from 1760 to 1820, was written by Peter Maxwell Davies in the late 1960s and is called Eight Songs for a Mad King. This 33-minute work is a searing account of madness.

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Explainer: What the Steinway Sale Means for Classical Music Fans

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The sale of Steinway to private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. has raised questions from pianists and admirers of the New York brand. Here are some of the most common ones.

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In Memoriam: Alida Ferrarini

Monday, July 01, 2013

Soprano Alida Ferrarini, who died last week, was one of the most idiomatic interpreters of the light soprano repertory, mostly in Italian, writes Fred Plotkin in this appreciation.

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Steinway Pianos Sold to Private Equity Firm for $438 million

Monday, July 01, 2013

The famed piano maker Steinway is being acquired by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. for about $438 million.

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Croatia Plays Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' to Celebrate EU Entry

Monday, July 01, 2013

Some 20,000 people and more than 100 European delegates gathered in Zagreb's main square Sunday night to mark Croatia's official entry into the European Union.

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Metropolitan Opera Hires Second Principal Clarinetist

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last week, the Metropolitan Opera named Boris Allakhverdyan as its new principal clarinetist, capping what had been an extended musical chess match involving several top orchestras.

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Steinway Finalizes Sale of West 57th Street Showroom

Friday, June 28, 2013

Steinway Musical Instruments announced on Friday that it has finalized the sale of Steinway Hall, its flagship showroom at 109 West 57th Street.

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Singers and their Finances, Part Two: Time and Taxes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Blogger Fred Plotkin addresses some basic ideas for the singer (and, to a lesser extent, all self-employed creative people) about how to manage your life so that art and commerce can happily coexist.

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Poll: What's the Greatest Gay Collaboration in Classical Music?

Friday, June 28, 2013

As pride weekend kicks off in New York, take our poll and tell us what you think: What have been the most productive gay collaborations in classical music?

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Uncovering the 'Real-Life' Inspiration to Verdi's La Traviata

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Several new books and a film screening allow Operavores to dig deeper into the artistic roots and afterlife of the world’s most frequently performed opera.

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Video: Czech Orchestra Brings Romance to Shopping Mall

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We know what you're thinking. Orchestra flash mobs are a bit stale. They've become vehicles for not-so-subtle corporate promotions and staged reaction shots. Hold that jaded response.

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Top Five Ambitious On-Location Operas

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It is one thing to just roll a piano outdoors. It’s another thing entirely to mount an entire opera in its actual setting. Here are five.

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New Jersey Symphony Promotes Oboist to CEO

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

After an ill-fated gamble on an outsider, the New Jersey Symphony has turned to a familiar face for its next leader. The orchestra on Wednesday named its oboist, James Roe, as its president and CEO.

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Singers and their Finances, Part One: The Challenges

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Most aspiring opera singers must find ways to pay the bills and student loans while aiming for the stage. Some get day jobs, more than a few go to Europe. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the operatic paycheck.

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Was Stravinsky Bisexual? If He Was, So What?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

For Igor Stravinsky, questions of gay relationships have been periodically rumored but scarcely documented. A new book by biographer Robert Craft may start to change that.

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Glimmerglass Festival Hires Veteran NY Opera Conductor

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Glimmerglass Festival, an annual summer company in Cooperstown, NY, has named Joseph Colaneri its next music director, effective in 2014. He succeeds David Angus.

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