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Lang Lang Gets a Grammy Duet Partner: Metallica

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Headbanging meets flying hands: The Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the heavy metal band Metallica will perform together at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26.

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Nudists at the Opera

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Fred Plotkin asks: "If there is a potential for audience development among naturists, should arts organizations throw caution (and not only) to the wind and make accommodations on special occasions?"

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J&R, New York's Last Classical Record Store, Faces Uncertain Future

Monday, January 06, 2014

J&R Computer World has closed its classical music store and laid off much of its staff. Some say there are no plans to reopen.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Gets $20 Million

Monday, January 06, 2014

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced on Monday that it has received a $20 million gift to support the organization’s performance, education and broadcast events.

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Musician Says Customs Agents at JFK Destroyed 13 Flutes

Thursday, January 02, 2014

A Canadian musician says customs agents at John F. Kennedy airport destroyed 13 of his handmade flutes, sparking outrage on the Internet this week.

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Review: Metropolitan Opera’s New Fledermaus is Sprawling, Schticky

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s classic operetta Die Fledermaus bowed on New Year's Eve. David Patrick Stearns writes that this staging was too gussied up.

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Richard Strauss is in the House

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

If 2013 was the year of Wagner, Verdi and Britten, the uncontested star of 2014 is Richard Strauss. Fred Plotkin presents a guide to performances around the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Critics Choose Their Top Classical Recordings of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, here is a look at several current top 10 (or 15) lists of the best classical albums of the year.

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Danny Burstein: From Broadway to the Met Opera

Saturday, December 28, 2013

For longtime Broadway actor Danny Burstein, the big challenge in preparing for his Metropolitan Opera debut has been "trying to find the funny."

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Marta Eggerth, 'Callas of the Operetta,' Dies at 101

Friday, December 27, 2013

Marta Eggerth, the Austro-Hungarian operetta star and actress whose performing career lasted well into her late 90s, died on Thursday at her home in Rye, New York. She was 101.

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Mentally Ill and Their Backers Fill Vermont Orchestra

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Me2/orchestra, billed as "the world's only classical music organization for individuals with mental illness and the people who support them," works to raise awareness of mental disorders.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The year 2013 saw the passing of conductors and composers, directors and singers, among others who contributed to classical music. Scroll through the slideshow, and click on the individual photos for a full obituary.

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Orpheus, Descending and Ascending

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In advance of a new production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers in New York, Fred Plotkin considers the good, the bad and the ugly in Orpheus-inspired operas.

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Top Essays on Classical Music of 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Before the New Year rings in, here are our top 6—there is one tie—plus a few extra honorable mentions of our favorite written features about classical music from 2013.

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An Operavore Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.
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Vienna Philharmonic Strips Ex-Nazis of Honors

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has quietly stripped six former senior Nazi officials of honors awarded them - a late act of contrition for its embrace of the Hitler era.

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A Conversation with the NEA's Outgoing Opera Chief

Friday, December 20, 2013

In an interview with Fred Plotkin, Wayne S. Brown discusses the place of opera in the U.S. The artform, he says, "creates opportunities for creativity that is frequently embraced by other art forms.”

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Nuns Competed with ‘Fifty Shades’ For Top-Selling Classical Album of 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Billboard reports that the top-selling classical artists of 2013 were the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order from rural Missouri. Their biggest rivals? "Fifty Shades of Grey."

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My Favorite Christmas Carol (This Year)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It usually happens around Thanksgiving. Some Christmas tune starts running around in my head and just doesn’t let go. Host Jeff Spurgeon tells us why Britten is on his mind.

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Once-Stolen Stradivarius Sells for $2.3 million

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pounds ($2.3 million) at auction.

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