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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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William Schuman's GWB Tribute Finds New Resonance

Friday, January 10, 2014

Perhaps some classical music can soothe a political scandal. William Schuman's George Washington Bridge has been a favorite of concert band directors since its premiere in 1950.

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Sphinx Organization Gets $4 Million Gift to Diversify Classical Music

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit that works to boost African-American participation in classical music, has received $4 million from an anonymous donor.

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Bolshoi Theater to Headline 2014 Lincoln Center Festival

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday that the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus will make its New York debut this July, giving two performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride.

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Sorry, No Swearing in Met's Fledermaus Broadcast

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Opera fans hoping to get a full taste of the salty language in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Die Fledermaus will have to come to the Met in person.

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Pianist Rafał Blechacz Wins $300,000 Gilmore Award

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Rafał Blechacz has won the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award, a piano competition so secretive that the contestants aren't even aware that they are in the running.

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Andriana Chuchman to Sub for Anna Netrebko in Met's L'Elisir

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Anna Netrebko has pulled out of the January 9 and 13 performances of L’Elisir d’Amore at the Metropolitan Opera. Her replacement will make her company debut.

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