This Rainer Hersch Orkestra's 'iPhone Remix' Will Put a Smile on Your Face

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Watch as London's funniest classical group remixes some familiar iPhone ringtones.
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Celebrating Mezzo-Soprano Grace Bumbry on Her 80th Birthday

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

International opera legend Grace Bumbry celebrates her 80th birthday in 2017. 
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6 Unusual Instruments You Must Hear To Believe

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

We're used to a fairly standard lineup of instruments at the orchestra. But there are a bunch that never caught on. Here are just a few of those instruments that are frozen in time.
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Remembering the Alexandrov Ensemble

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

In the early hours of Christmas Day 2016, 94 people perished in a plane that crashed into the Black Sea. Among the victims were 64 members of Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble. 
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Review: Metropolitan Opera's New 'Romeo et Juliette'

Sunday, January 01, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Romeo et Juliette" at the New Year's Eve opening may be the risk of the season, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Classical Music Fans, Start 2017 with a Bang

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Whether you like to spend January on the couch with a book or going out with friends, we've compiled some awesome things that will make for a more a memorable (and musical) month.
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Winter Wonders in Opera and Vocal Music for the New Year

Sunday, January 01, 2017

In early 2017, New York and cities reachable by train or bus offer splendid and diverse options for lovers of the human voice. Here are Fred Plotkin's picks.
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'The Mikado' Returns to NYGASP, Ready for a New Century

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

After protests prompted a reexamination of what "The Mikado" is really about, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have revived the work with an all new, inclusive production.
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Silent Nights, Noisy Nights

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the dangerous levels of noise that we experience every day and how we should protect our hearing.
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Huge Theremin Ensemble Plays 'Ode to Joy'

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Japanese theremin ensemble buzzes their way through the familiar theme of Beethoven's Ninth, and drops a little bluesy surprise at the end.
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New Season of 'Mozart in the Jungle' Features a Unique Performance

Friday, December 23, 2016

An episode of "Mozart in the Jungle," shot with live sound, features a talented orchestra playing for inmates on New York City's Rikers Island prison.
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A Changing of the Guard at the Vienna State Opera

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dominique Meyer, general director of the Vienna State Opera since 2010, was informed that his contract would not be renewed in 2020. 
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Watch: Melodica Men Strike Again With 'Nutcracker Mini Suite'

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Just a few months after their immensely popular “Rite of Spring” arrangement, The Melodica Men are back with a “mini-suite” of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker!
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Oboist Katherine Needleman Shares a Special 'Jingle Bells' Performance

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's principal oboist breaks out two recorders for some silly Jingle Bell fun.
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Boston Pops Bring Holiday Joy With a Mannequin Challenge

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Laugh with the Boston Pops as they present their holiday-themed Mannequin Challenge.
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You Haven't Seen A Cloud Play a Piano Until Now

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The weather has always fascinated artist David Bowen. Now he's asking, "What does a cloud actually sound like?" His art installation, "Cloud Piano," looks for an answer.
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Can Algorithms Dream Up Bach Chorales? DeepBach Says Yes

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Two French computer scientists have created an algorithm that creates harmonies in the style of Bach. Do you think it sounds like the real thing?
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Celebrating the Music of Augusta Holmes

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

On her 147th birthday, let's take a moment to remember the beautiful music of the talented French composer and pianist Augusta Holmès.
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The Fourth Annual Excellence in Opera (aka The Freddie) Awards

Monday, December 19, 2016

Blogger Fred Plotkin honors and acknowledges many of the outstanding and memorable achievements in opera in 2016.
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Italian Lessons in Bologna with Gigliola Frazzoni

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fred Plotkin remembers his teacher, mentor and friend, Gigliola Frazzoni, the Italian opera singer who taught him about opera and Italian in Bologna.
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