Is Carl Nielsen the Most Underrated Composer of the 20th Century?

Monday, June 08, 2015

Several musicians and thinkers have argued this point. Tune in Tuesday for music celebrating the Danish composer's 150th birth anniversary and decide for yourself.
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Poignant 'Fun Home' Wins 2015 Best Musical Tony Award

Sunday, June 07, 2015

There's finally reason to be happy in a funeral home – "Fun Home" has won the best musical Tony Award.
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Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Analysts and music-industry sources say Apple is gearing up to launch a streaming music service, aimed at winning back some of its lost customers.
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The Story of Carl Nielsen

Friday, June 05, 2015

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June 9th, 2015 marks the 150 year anniversary of Carl Nielsen's birth. 
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Music Critic: Why I Confiscated a Woman's Ringing Phone Mid-Concerto

Friday, June 05, 2015

When a cell phone began to ring during a concert in Vienna, one American critic reached over, took the phone out of the owner's hand, and pocketed it until intermission.
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Is the World Ready for Carl Nielsen's 'Maskarade?'

Friday, June 05, 2015

Carl Nielsen's opera "Maskarade" deserves wider recognition, writes Fred Plotkin. While the comedy often falls flat, "the music is appealing and original."
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Video: Broadway Casts of 'Lion King,' 'Aladdin' Sing Through LaGuardia Flight Delay

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The casts of "The Lion King" and "Aladdin" staged an a cappella sing-off at LaGuardia Airport Sunday night when storms delayed numerous flights.
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Margaret Juntwait Remembered: Classical Music Field Reacts to Host's Death

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Margaret Juntwait's death Wednesday has elicited a flood of reactions, from those who knew her best, from colleagues and friends.
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Park Avenue Armory Appoints Pierre Audi as New Artistic Director

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Park Avenue Armory has tapped Pierre Audi, the head of the Dutch National Opera, as its new artistic director.
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Margaret Juntwait, Former WNYC Host, Voice of Metropolitan Opera, Dies at 58

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Margaret Juntwait, the former WNYC announcer who became the first woman to host the Met broadcasts, has died.
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Donor Left Millions for New York City Opera as Company Filed for Bankruptcy

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The executors of a late City Opera benefactor's estate have come forward to deliver a bequest included in his will. 
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Projected Titles Have Helped to Save Opera, Says Dramaturg

Monday, June 01, 2015

Fred Plotkin recently argued that surtitles have become a crutch for opera-goers, turning their attention away from the music. Today we get an opposing view.
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Future of New York's Chautauqua Amphitheater Sparks Divide

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A debate is underway over whether to go ahead with a plan to demolish and rebuild the open-air venue affectionately known as "the Amp."
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In World Soccer, a Handel Anthem Provides Timely Theme Music

Saturday, May 30, 2015

As scandal engulfs the world soccer governing body FIFA, a Handel coronation anthem provides an unlikely soundtrack.
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Have Projected Titles Really Been Good For Opera?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Projected titles, or surtitles, have been widely praised for making opera more accessible. But blogger Fred Plotkin questions whether they've improperly shifted the focus.
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Kennedy Center Announces Lineup for New American Orchestra Festival

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and The Knights have been selected to participate in the inaugural SHIFT Festival.
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Emanuel Ax Demoted to Mere 'Accompanist' in Prank Video

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The pianist Emanuel Ax – or "Yo-Yo Ma's accompanist" – is asked about awards he didn't win and the various "songs" that he performs.
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Polyphony Foundation Aims to Bridge Gaps Between Jewish and Arab Israelis

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A nonprofit aims to join Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through classical music training programs.
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Song Translations in Recitals: The Readers Weigh In

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Should song recitalists stop providing printed translations? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the vehemence of opinions over his recent article on the issue.
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Hair Strands of Mozart and Beethoven Expected to Fetch $18,000 in Auction

Monday, May 25, 2015

The hair strand belonging to Mozart has sold in an auction at Sotheby's for $51,825; the small lock of Beethoven's hair has sold for $8,125.
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