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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50 Years at the New Metropolitan Opera House

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Met just celebrated its 50th season opener this week. Fred Plotkin shares his thoughts after attending performances for those fifty seasons.
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Ulysses Quartet Performs 'Golden Record' Songs for Outer Space

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Voyager spacecraft's 'Golden Record' launched into the galaxy 40 years ago. Watch the Ulysses Quartet perform songs that were included for our interplanetary neighbors.
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2Cellos Take Classical Crossover Videos to the Next Level

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Croatian duo 2Cellos are the de facto bad boys of classical crossover whose videos have evolved into short-form art films.
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Watch: Melodica Men's 'The Rite of Spring' is Breaking The Internet

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Conservatory-trained musicians The Melodica Men have reach fame and attention with their viral videos. Now they've tackled "The Rite of Spring" and the Internet is going bananas.
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Review: Met's New 'Tristan und Isolde' Goes Radical

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"This was not your typical glittering, socialite-oriented Met opening," writes David Patrick Stearns in his review of this much anticipated new production of "Tristan und Isolde."
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Watch: CBS' Charles Osgood Signs Off With the Boston Pops

Monday, September 26, 2016

The "Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood sings "So Long (It's Been Good to Know You)" with members of the Boston Pops for his final sign off from the show.
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Remembering the Old Metropolitan Opera House

Monday, September 26, 2016

The last Monday in September is, customarily, the opening night of the season at the Metropolitan Opera house.
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5 Noteworthy Inaugural Opening Night Performances

Monday, September 26, 2016

To get into the mood of opening night season we revisit the inaugural performances at a few of the world’s notable symphony halls and opera houses.
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Watch: Young Classical Pianist Performs Epic Drake Medley

Thursday, September 22, 2016

YouTuber Young Piano transposes 25 songs from hip-hop artist Drake into one epic 18-minute single take medley video.
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How Critics Can Help Us Love Opera Even More

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fred Plotkin discusses the changing roles of opera and art critics over the years and how they can enhance the experience of going to performances or listening.
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5 Great Videos to Begin Exploring Classical Crossover

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What is this genre called classical crossover? We found five videos that are exploring the idea of classical-meets-pop.
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Simon Rattle Honors Former Music Director John Scott and Welcomes New One

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Sir Simon Rattle, with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Orchestra of St. Luke's, performed a concert in memory of organist and music director John Scott.
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Meet the String Section Backing Up the Boss

Friday, September 16, 2016

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Eight Pittsburgh-based violinists performed "New York City Serenade" with Bruce Springsteen. How was it? "Best gig ever," they said.
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Behind the Scenes of Daniela Mack's ROH Debut

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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American mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack made her Covent Garden debut on Sept 13 as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. We spoke to her about how she got ready for the big day.
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The Operatic Ernest Hemingway

Thursday, September 15, 2016

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Fred Plotkin travels to Ketchum, Idaho, where Ernest Hemingway lived and is buried, and considers which of the great author's works would translate well in opera.
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