Mentally Ill and Their Backers Fill Vermont Orchestra

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Me2/orchestra, billed as "the world's only classical music organization for individuals with mental illness and the people who support them," works to raise awareness of mental disorders.

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Orpheus, Descending and Ascending

Thursday, December 26, 2013

In advance of a new production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux enfers in New York, Fred Plotkin considers the good, the bad and the ugly in Orpheus-inspired operas.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The year 2013 saw the passing of conductors and composers, directors and singers, among others who contributed to classical music. Scroll through the slideshow, and click on the individual photos for a full obituary.

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Top Essays on Classical Music of 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Before the New Year rings in, here are our top 6—there is one tie—plus a few extra honorable mentions of our favorite written features about classical music from 2013.

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An Operavore Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Enjoy an hour of Christmas and holiday pieces sung by opera stars like Marilyn Horne, Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland and more.
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Vienna Philharmonic Strips Ex-Nazis of Honors

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has quietly stripped six former senior Nazi officials of honors awarded them - a late act of contrition for its embrace of the Hitler era.

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A Conversation with the NEA's Outgoing Opera Chief

Friday, December 20, 2013

In an interview with Fred Plotkin, Wayne S. Brown discusses the place of opera in the U.S. The artform, he says, "creates opportunities for creativity that is frequently embraced by other art forms.”

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Nuns Competed with ‘Fifty Shades’ For Top-Selling Classical Album of 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Billboard reports that the top-selling classical artists of 2013 were the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order from rural Missouri. Their biggest rivals? "Fifty Shades of Grey."

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My Favorite Christmas Carol (This Year)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It usually happens around Thanksgiving. Some Christmas tune starts running around in my head and just doesn’t let go. Host Jeff Spurgeon tells us why Britten is on his mind.

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Once-Stolen Stradivarius Sells for $2.3 million

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pounds ($2.3 million) at auction.

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'A Christmas Story': Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and a BB Gun

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

While it hasn't been given much consideration, the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" has a classical music soundtrack. A film insider explains.

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12 Pivotal Moments in Opera in 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This was the year of Bellini's Norma, whose title role has even frightened off Renee Fleming and has mostly been a mirage in the operatic past, writes David Patrick Stearns in this look back.

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The First Annual Excellence in Opera Awards (AKA The Freddies)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In 2013, Fred Plotkin attended 104 opera performances at 35 different companies. Here are the standout productions and recitals.

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High Notes and Low Tones for Classical Music in 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Every year brings concerts, recordings and opera productions. It also means new scandals and obsessions. Here are our arbitrarily granted citations for classical music in 2013.

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Tuba Christmas Rings Out at Rockefeller Center

Monday, December 16, 2013

“Heavy metal” took on a whole new meaning Sunday when more than 400 tuba and euphonium players belted out an array of holiday carols for the 40th annual Tuba Christmas.

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New Contract for New York Philharmonic

Friday, December 13, 2013

The New York Philharmonic and its musicians union announced an agreement Friday on a four-year labor contract.

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Locked-out Minnesota Orchestra Players Go Rogue with 10-Concert Season

Friday, December 13, 2013

The locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have announced a series of 10 self-produced concerts for the winter and spring.

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What the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Could Do for Opera

Friday, December 13, 2013

Despite heavy product placement and too much 3-D imagery, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular serves a purpose, writes Fred plotkin, of teaching young people to be good audience members.

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Video: Yo-Yo Ma Stuns Shoppers with Pop-Up Concert in Chicago Mall

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday shopping can be exhausting. And stressful. But a pop-up concert with Yo-Yo Ma can apparently draw shoppers away from their December to-do lists.

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Three Categories to Watch in the Classical Grammy Race

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Of the 81 Grammy categories, eight are devoted exclusively to classical music. Here are three categories to watch in advance of the awards.

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