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Requiem Aeterna

Friday, January 09, 2015

It is likely that Verdi was not religious and had a healthy skepticism for many institutions, including church and state, writes Fred Plotkin. But his Requiem makes a powerful impact.
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Listen: New York Philharmonic, London Musicians Pay Tribute to Charlie Hebdo

Friday, January 09, 2015

In New York, London, Paris and other world cities, classical music organizations have honored the victims of the terrorist attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Singer Interrupted During Tech Glitch at Met Opera

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Broadway singer Kelli O'Hara may made it through NBC's technically-complex broadcast of ''Peter Pan Live" last month with no major snafus. But opera is inevitably a different story.
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Violinist Sues Luthier for Snapping $80,000 Bow

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The violinist Leonidas Kavakos has sued a violin shop in Burbank, CA, claiming that the shop's owner snapped his bow, worth $80,000.
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An Opera Lover's Resolutions

Monday, January 05, 2015

Read a synopsis before attending an opera, arrive early and don't wear noisy bracelets on your arms. These are a few of Fred Plotkin's New Year's suggestions for operagoers.
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Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Announces Engagement to Concertmaster

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A couple's office romance drew attention during their orchestra's 15-month labor dispute, which ended last year.
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Piano Stores Closing as Fewer Children Taking up Instrument

Friday, January 02, 2015

Stores dedicated to selling pianos are dwindling as fewer people take up the instrument and those who do often opt for a less expensive electronic keyboard or a used piano.
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Review: A Less than Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera

Thursday, January 01, 2015

"The Merry Widow" was more sleepy than bubbly when its splashy new production opened New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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New Rules for Musical Instruments on Planes Take Flight

Thursday, January 01, 2015

After nearly three years in legal limbo, the government has finalized federal rules for bringing musical instruments onto commercial flights.
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10 Times Classical Music Owned Facebook in 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Classical music may no longer appear on the covers of news magazines or on primetime TV as in days of yore, but it does occupy a thriving corner of the social media sphere.
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Francis of Assisi, in Brooklyn and in Music

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As a new exhibition of documents tied to St. Francis of Assisi comes to Brooklyn, blogger Fred Plotkin considers the ways in which he influenced classical music and opera.
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Greek Soprano Rescued from Stricken Ferry

Monday, December 29, 2014

Among the more than 450 passengers rescued from the ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday was the Greek soprano Dimitra Theodossiou.
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Claude Frank, Patrician Pianist Specializing in Beethoven, Dies at 89

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Claude Frank, a pianist known for his elegant, patrician renditions of the Austro-German repertory, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan.
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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

The year 2014 saw the passing of conductors and singers, directors and composers, among others who contributed to classical music.
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The Top 5 Essays on Classical Music of 2014

Friday, December 26, 2014

A number of journalists documented the tumultuous and at times inspiring year in classical music. Here are our favorite articles and essays from 2014.
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Simon Rattle: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love The Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For many years, conductor Simon Rattle resisted Tchaikovsky. But lately he's come around to the composer's charms. Here's why.
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'Mozart in the Jungle': Season 1, Episodes 1-3 Recap

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The new Amazon series, which sets out to expose the inner-workings of the classical music world, gets off to a promising start.
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Soprano Renée Fleming Set to Make Broadway Debut

Monday, December 22, 2014

Soprano Renée Fleming — who has triumphed in the worlds of opera, recording and even the sports arena — is moving on to the Great White Way.
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Critics Choose Their Top Classical Albums of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's that time again: when music critics unveil their top 10 lists. Here is a look at current lists by several notable critics.
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The Second Annual Excellence in Opera ('Freddie') Awards

Friday, December 19, 2014

In 2014, blogger Fred Plotkin heard 76 opera performances by 28 companies. "I am happy to report that there is a lot of wonderful, innovative work being done everywhere," he reports.  
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