Video Game Scores Rank Beside Mozart and Beethoven in Classic FM Survey

Friday, April 10, 2015

In British classical radio station Classic FM's new Top 300 chart, nine spots went to video game soundtracks. Should video game scores have a place in the classical music genre?
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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream at the Opera

Friday, April 10, 2015

There is a fair amount of screaming in opera, most of it written or implied in the music. But lately Fred Plotkin has heard two very unwelcome screams at the Met.
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Where to Find Young Orchestra Audiences? Try a 'Lord of the Rings' Concert

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"For all the talk of the graying classical audience, this enthusiastic crowd was as diverse in age and ethnicity as I've seen in a long time," writes host Elliott Forrest.
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BAM Turns to Orchestra World for Next President

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The arts center on Thursday said that Katy Clark, the executive director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, will become its next president, effective June 30.
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New York Philharmonic Names Frank Huang Concertmaster

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday named Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony Orchestra as its next concertmaster, replacing Glenn Dicterow.
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Andrew Porter’s Top 5 Contributions to Classical Music

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On April 3, Andrew Porter, the former classical music critic for the New Yorker, died at the age of 86. Porter’s accomplishments went far beyond the publication.
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'Between Worlds' Opera: A British Eulogy on 9/11 Attacks

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

British composer Tansy Davies memorializes the Sept. 11 attacks in her first Opera, Between Worlds. Is the world ready for a 9/11 opera?
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Desert Island Opera: Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

Monday, April 06, 2015

"If it is to the desert island that I must sail (and Wagner's 'Ring' has been disqualified), I would take Verdi’s 'Don Carlo' with me," writes Fred Plotkin.
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Orchestra Drops Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Over 'Deeply Offensive' Tweets

Monday, April 06, 2015

The ensemble has cited concerns over her "provocative" commentary supporting the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.
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With Placido Domingo Ill, Luca Salsi Sings Met Doubleheader

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Salsi had a quick phone chat with Met music director James Levine, got in costume and went on stage in time for Don Carlo's first-act entrance.
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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Appeals for Help with Legal Fees After Arrest

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Leipzig Quartet on Thursday launched an online fundraising campaign to assist their violinist who was arrested last week in Manhattan.
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Boston Symphony Signs with Major Label for Shostakovich Cycle

Friday, April 03, 2015

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has signed an unusual, five-year recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
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Disadvantaged Children in Harmony Program to Study with New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Members of the Harmony Program, an after-school project, will study and perform with members of the New York Philharmonic. Here's why.
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Sweden Uses Science to Create a Future Generation of Opera Singers

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Clones of Birgit Nilsson, Jussi Björling and other Swedish opera singers? You read it here first.
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Classical Music Relaxes Cats During Surgery, Says Study

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Following our report on an earlier study on species-specific music crafted just for cats, a new study has found that classical music can serve to relax cats in surgery.
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Leipzig Quartet Violinist Accused of Naked Attack in Midtown Hotel

Monday, March 30, 2015

A violinist in the Leipzig String Quartet was arrested early Friday morning and charged with assaulting another guest at a Midtown Manhattan hotel.
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Russian Theater Director Fired Over Wagner Production

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church.
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Is Stockholm Ready for a New Opera House?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sweden is the last Nordic country without a gleaming new opera house. Fred Plotkin considers whether this country renowned for its design can pull one off.
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Audra McDonald Takes to Twitter to Criticize Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law

Friday, March 27, 2015

Audra McDonald has taken to Twitter to sharply criticize Indiana's new law that allows businesses the right to deny service to gays and lesbians.
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In New York Philharmonic Conductor Search, Don’t Ignore the Audience

Friday, March 27, 2015

Are we looking in the right place for the next music director for the New York Philharmonic? WQXR General Manager Graham Parker considers what's really needed.
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