What's in a Name? Just Ask the Isis Ensemble

Monday, September 29, 2014

A respected London chamber ensemble is preparing to launch its tenth anniversary season but it has a little problem: its name is Isis.
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The Andris Nelsons Era at the Boston Symphony Begins

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Reviews of Andris Nelsons’s debut concert as music director of the Boston Symphony are trickling in; all are in agreement that, musically, the evening was largely a success.
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Smog Serenade: Opera in 18 Cars Planned Through Downtown L.A.

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Southern California director is planning an opera that will take place inside 18 cars as they simultaneously cruise the streets and highways of Los Angeles.
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Study Shows Bells Harmful to Cows. What Would Mahler Say?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Researchers in Zurich said on Thursday that the iconic cowbells worn by the country's bovines could be damaging the animals' hearing and feeding habits.
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Doing It By Rota: Discovering the Underappreciated Italian Composer

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nina Rota wrote amazingly infectious and memorable music for films by many of Italy's top directors, writes Fred Plotkin. So why don't orchestras play it more often?
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Early Music Pioneer Christopher Hogwood Dies at 73

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Christopher Hogwood, the English musicologist, conductor and pioneer of the early-music movement, whose interpretations once divided critics and audiences, died on Wednesday.
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Joshua Bell to Play Again in D.C. Metro Station after 2007 Stunt

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In 2007 Joshua Bell busked for spare change in the D.C. Metro and almost no one paid attention. He's doing it again, and this time, he's announcing it in advance.
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Review: After Turmoil, Metropolitan Opera Opens Season with Spirited Figaro

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's opening night couldn't help but arrive with an air of victory, writes David Patrick Stearns in his review of opening night.
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Photos: Metropolitan Opera Season Opens with Protests and Gowns

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Demonstrators marked the start of the Metropolitan Opera's season on Monday evening by protesting the planned production of The Death of Klinghoffer.
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Five New Restaurants for a Pre-Concert Dinner in NYC

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

If your goal is to avoid the sounds of a rumbling stomach during Strauss, these five new options are worth watching.
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Riccardo Muti Quits as Rome Opera Conductor

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The conductor Riccardo Muti has abrupty resigned as the chief conductor of the Rome Opera, citing ongoing management and labor turmoil at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma
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Going Live: Curtain Up at the Metropolitan Opera

Friday, September 19, 2014

That sudden blast of warm air felt in New York in early September was not climate change. It was the collective exhalation of hundreds of thousands of relieved opera lovers.
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Experts: Chopin's Heart Shows Signs of TB

Friday, September 19, 2014

The preserved heart of composer Frederic Chopin contains signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease, medical experts said Wednesday.
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Tibor Rudas, Impresario Who Brought Opera to Casinos, Dies at 94

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tibor Rudas, the concert promoter who booked Luciano Pavarotti in venues from Madison Square Garden to a circus tent in Atlantic City, died on September 8.
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Injured Hilary Hahn Cancels Additional Concerts

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hilary Hahn, usually a mainstay of opening-night orchestra galas, has cancelled performances through September. "I am extremely sad that I am unable to give concerts," she said.
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Musicians from the Middle East Unite through Music

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Four musicians from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra tell Jeff Spurgeon about how they seek to overcome national and ethnic differences through music.
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Park Hyatt NY Hotel Pool Plays Underwater Classical Music

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Swimmers who prefer Brahms with their backstroke may have a new place to take a dip in Midtown Manhattan: the 25th-floor pool of the new Park Hyatt New York.
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Second Conductor Resigns from Vienna State Opera

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks, after Franz Welser-Moest announced on Sept. 5 he was stepping down.
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Dressed to Kill: Are Opera Audiences Becoming Too Casual?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Which is more disrespectful: booing during a performance or dressing like you're there to mow the lawn? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers changing rules of etiquette.
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As 'Star-Spangled Banner' Turns 200, Five Unusual Classical Versions

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the poem that became the nation’s national anthem. Here are five notable classical takes.
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