Gardiner: J.S. Bach Was a Hooligan in his Youth

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.

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Chamber Music Society to Summer in Saratoga

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nothing caps a day of betting on the ponies like a night of chamber music. That's what the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is gambling as it establishes a new summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Pianist Lang Lang Chosen as UN Messenger of Peace

Monday, October 28, 2013

China's superstar pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Monday, the highest honor bestowed by a U.N. chief on accomplished individuals in any field.

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Review: Gotham Chamber Opera Recreates Seminal Event in 'Baden-Baden 1927'

Monday, October 28, 2013

With "Baden-Baden 1927," Gotham Chamber Opera presented four one-act works by Ernest Toch, Darius Milhaud, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith. David Patrick Stearns considers the results.

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What Lou Reed Gave Classical Music

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The rock 'n' roll iconoclast was more than punk's most important ancestor. But his career with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist inspired many classical musicians who yearned to walk on the wild side.

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Lincoln Center Expands Bargain Ticket Booth

Friday, October 25, 2013

Uptown performing arts organizations are getting their own version of the TKTS Booth.

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Plotkin's Guide to Italian Opera Performances in 2013-14

Friday, October 25, 2013

Planning a trip to Italy but don’t know what is playing on opera stages? Fred Plotkin sorts it out for you, with this one-stop guide to opera calendars around the country.

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Pianist Christian Zacharias Halts Concert to Berate Cellphone User

Friday, October 25, 2013

The pianist Christian Zacharias halted a performance Wednesday night with the Gothenburg Symphony after an audience member's phone began to ring. See what happens next.

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Video: Violinist Amadeus Leopold Does Extreme Paganini

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amadeus Leopold, the violinist/performance artist formerly known as Hahn-Bin, has released a video featuring his own flamboyant take on Paganini's Caprice No. 24.

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Video: Boston Symphony vs. St. Louis Symphony in a World Series Faceoff

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The brass sections of the Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras are sounding off for their respective hometown teams in the World Series.

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Review: Hypnotic and Frank, Muhly's Two Boys Gets U.S. Premiere at the Met

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Nico Muhly's Two Boys has an intentionally creepy sexual frankness that goes beyond anything previously seen on the Met stage, writes David Patrick Stearns.

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Is a New Law Good for Italian Opera Houses?

Monday, October 21, 2013

In the wake of New York City Opera's demise, Fred Plotkin notes, "Italy is besieged in ways we cannot imagine. And yet they understand that culture is worth talking about and trying to save."

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Here are the Most Expensive Violins of All Time

Monday, October 21, 2013

The high auction price of the "Titanic Violin" mirrors the price rises in the rare string instrument trade over the past decade. Here are the top ten.

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Titanic Violin Sells for Over $1.6M at Auction

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than $1.6 million Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.

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Tangled Web: Internet-Based Opera to Open at Met

Friday, October 18, 2013

Little did Nico Muhly know when he composed Two Boys that the type of Internet deception he based the opera on would keep repeating over and over.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

Friday, October 18, 2013

The 60-year-old Philharmonic faces an uncertain future: the website has been offline for months and its music director is no longer with the orchestra. Can Brooklyn be a home to classical music?

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'Titanic Violin' Expected to Fetch $300,000 at Auction

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The violin believed to have been played by the bandleader as the Titanic sank is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000 when it goes up for auction this weekend in Wiltshire, England.

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When Opera Orchestras Take a Busman's Holiday

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Filarmonica della Scala began as the pit orchestra for Italy's La Scala opera house. As Fred Plotkin reports from Milan, the ensemble has a lively agenda apart from accompanying opera singers.

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Politicians a No-Show at Washington Opera; Kanye West at LA Opera

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You can tell a lot about a city’s opera culture by who shows up for opening nights – or doesn't.

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Video: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock Recreate 'Chopsticks' Scene from 'Big'

Monday, October 14, 2013

Twenty-five years after Tom Hanks played "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks" on that giant toy piano in the movie "Big," he delivered an encore on Monday night.

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