Watch the 'Lord' of Classical Piano Mash-ups and Video Game Renditions

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

You have to watch the ambidextrous piano skills of Lord Vinheteiro as he mashes up the classical greats and chases that fun with a some real-time Mario Bros. musical accompaniment. 
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Singular Voices: Charles Aznavour

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fred Plotkin continues his series called Singular Voices sharing his thoughts after a recent New York performance by French multi-lingual singer Charles Aznavour. 
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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Musicians Strike, Play Free Concerts

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The musicians and the management of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are locked in a standoff that has led to further concert cancellations through Nov. 18. 
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Watch: Chicago Cubs Get Symphonic Level Support

Monday, October 17, 2016

Watch the Chicago Symphony play a special symphonic rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" to support the Cubs in their World Series quest.
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The Curse of the Ninth Haunted These Composers

Monday, October 17, 2016

As the Halloween season approaches, let's take a look at classical music's strangest superstition — the curse of the ninth symphonies.
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When Pavarotti Reigned as the Classical Crossover Duet King

Monday, October 17, 2016

Luciano Pavarotti was the undisputed king of classical crossover. The duets from his Pavarotti and Friends benefit concerts raised money for victims of war and violence in the 1990s.
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Remembering Broadcaster Peter Allen

Friday, October 14, 2016

In this personal memorial, Fred Plotkin shares his experiences with and appreciation for the WQXR and Met Opera radio broadcaster over the course of many years.
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Gabriel Kahane and The Knights Perform Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin'

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday. Hear The Knights and Gabe Kahane perform a classical arrangement of one his songs in Central Park.
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Twoset Violin Offer A Guide to Understanding Conservatory Friends

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Twoset Violin deals in the hilarity of the warped and wonderful world of music conservatory life and they are one of the great Internet phenomena of classical music this year.
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5 Great Classical Sequels and Life-After-Death Collaborations

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Classical music is full of instances of composers revisiting timeless pieces or stepping in to complete unfinished projects. Here are five of our favorites.
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R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Drops 'Joyful' Rock & Classical Concerto

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills was asked by his childhood friend and classical violinist Robert McDuffie to compose a concerto for classical and rock musicians. He did just that.
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Hear Peter Allen's Historic 1958 Broadcast of Van Cliburn from Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 10, 2016

Former WQXR and Met Opera radio announcer Peter Allen died on Saturday. He was 96. We remember him with his famous broadcast of Van Cliburn's 1958 radio debut from Carnegie Hall.
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Venice: The First Capital of Opera

Monday, October 10, 2016

The importance of Venice to opera cannot be understated. Fred Plotkin visits the city and shares his thoughts on the city's place in operatic history.
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Preview: The 'Game of Thrones' Live Concert is Coming

Sunday, October 09, 2016

For fans of "Game of Thrones," this live concert experience is looking as epic as the show. The multimedia concert tour, led by the show's composer Ramin Djawadi, begins in February.
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Für Elise and Moonlight Sonata Like You've Never Heard Them

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Swedish music producer and remixer Seth Everman is a "classical pianist who listened to hip hop once." He takes making music seriously but keeps whimsy in his re-mixing videos.
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In the Footsteps of Wagner: Writing 'Parsifal' in Italy

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Fred Plotkin retraces the paths of Wagner as he was writing Parsifal leading him Villa Rufolo where the composer found his inspiration for the operas second half.
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Watch: This Beethoven Remix Ad by Intel Blows Our Minds

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Intel spent a year creating the ad spot called “Experience Amazing” featuring Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and it is still blowing our minds ten months later.
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Early Music Ensemble's Home of 30 Years Destroyed in Fire

Monday, October 03, 2016

For more than 30 years, the First Congregational Church in Berkeley, California had been the home of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
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Conductor Neville Marriner Dies, Founded London Orchestra

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Conductor Neville Marriner, 92, who led the Academy of St Martin in the Fields to become one of the world's most-recorded classical music groups, has died.
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NFL Football's Epic Sound Created by Composer Sam Spence

Friday, September 30, 2016

In 1966 Sam Spence was hired to score the soundtrack for NFL Films. Before we scramble to our couches on Sunday afternoon, let’s listen to a few tunes that defined his distinct sound.
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