San Francisco Symphony Cancels Carnegie Hall Dates as Strike Continues

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony's east coast tour, which was to include a two-night stand at Carnegie Hall, has been canceled as a result of its five-day-old strike.

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Violin That Was Played as Titanic Sank Found, Auction House Says

Friday, March 15, 2013

The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the oceanliner sank has been unearthed, a British auction house said Friday.

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How Michael Kaiser Manages: A Conversation with the President of the Kennedy Center

Friday, March 15, 2013

Michael M. Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, sits down with Fred Plotkin to talk about the challenges facing the performing arts world -- and how to turn around faltering arts organizations.

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Operavore Preview: Matthew Epstein on Artist Cancellations

Thursday, March 14, 2013

This Saturday on the Operavore show, the veteran impresario and artist manager Matthew Epstein sits down with host Marilyn Horne for a wide-ranging interview.

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Behind The Vienna Philharmonic's Nazi Past

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Why did so many members of the Vienna Philharmonic join the Nazi party in the 1930s? The lead historian behind the recent report offers some clues.

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San Francisco Symphony On Strike

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A week before a scheduled East Coast tour that is to include two concerts at Carnegie Hall, the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony are on strike.

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Manhattan School of Music Names New President

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Manhattan School of Music said on Wednesday that James Gandre will be its new president. He will oversee planning for the school's centenary in 2018.

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A Letter to Aspiring Opera Singers

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fred Plotkin offers young singers suggestions about things to think about as they develop their careers and personal lives.

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Cavalli Opera is a Good Old-Fashioned Tale of Raunch and Cross-Dressing

Monday, March 11, 2013

Gotham Chamber Opera is to give the New York premiere of Cavalli's 1668 opera about the decadent life of the notorious Roman emperor. It was among the first in a long line of racy topics.

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Vienna Philharmonic Reveals Nazi Past in New Report

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Almost half of the musicians in the Vienna Philharmonic during World War II were members of the Nazi party, and 13 members were driven out for being Jewish or married to Jews.

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When Opera Singers Go it Alone

Saturday, March 09, 2013

"Social media has enabled singers to feel connected and loved in ways that would have been inconceivable only a few years ago," writes Fred Plotkin. Still, life on the road can be a lonely pursuit at times.

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San Francisco Symphony Musicians Vote to Authorize Strike

Friday, March 08, 2013

Musicians in the San Francisco Symphony, frustrated with bargaining over a new contract, voted to authorize a strike on Wednesday night. The vote comes just before a scheduled East Coast tour which includes two performances at Carnegie Hall.

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Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Bolivar Orchestra at Chávez Funeral

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Gustavo Dudamel attended the funeral of President Hugo Chávez in Caracas on Friday, conducting the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in the country's National Anthem.

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Steinway Says it's Close to Selling 57th St. Piano Showroom

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Steinway & Sons said Wednesday it is in “advanced negotiations” with a buyer for Steinway Hall, its longtime home on West 57th Street.

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In the Footsteps of Richard Wagner: Dresden

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

This Saxon city, so beautiful and so marked by centuries of tragedy and glory, was Richard Wagner’s second home. Fred Plotkin tells us why it matters today.

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After Hugo Chávez, What's Next for El Sistema?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The passing of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on Tuesday has not only left a leadership vacuum but brought a tinge of uncertainty to one of the country’s most admired cultural products.

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New Jersey Arts Groups Protest Bill to Ban Paperless Tickets

Monday, March 04, 2013

Nonprofit arts venues in New Jersey are caught in the crosshairs of a fight over state legislation that would ban the use of paperless tickets to performances and sporting events.

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Kiri Te Kanawa To Guest Star on 'Downton Abbey'

Monday, March 04, 2013

The New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will be joining the bluebloods on "Downton Abbey," PBS said in a statement over the weekend.

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Hundreds Pay Respects to Van Cliburn at Memorial Service

Sunday, March 03, 2013

About 1,400 people attended a memorial service for Cliburn, who died Wednesday at 78 after fighting bone cancer.

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Pondering the Mysteries of Parsifal

Friday, March 01, 2013

Wagner’s Parsifal is not my favorite opera and I doubt it ever will be," writes Fred Plotkin. "And yet, it has taken rather firm hold of my imagination.

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