Composer Hopes to Put Listeners to Sleep with 8-Hour Piece

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

British composer is writing a piece intended to be heard while sleeping. Audience members will be asked to listen from beds rather than seats.
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A Photo History of the New York Philharmonic Parks Concerts

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The New York Philharmonic opens its 50th anniversary season of free summertime performances in New York City's parks Wednesday. Check out this photo history of the series.
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When Opera is About Location, Location, Location

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"Summertime opera in New York provides more unusual repertory and performance styles than any world city I can think of," writes Fred Plotkin.
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Google Signs Deals with Five Major Orchestras for New Online Music Store

Monday, June 15, 2015

Google has announced deals with five major orchestras to release exclusive recordings through a new classical music storefront on its Google Play Music store.
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A Pianist Played Until Her Fingers Bled – and the Internet Takes Notice

Sunday, June 14, 2015

In what looks like an image from a horror movie, a photo of a blood-stained piano keyboard has been making the rounds on social media since Friday.
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BP Protesters Get Inside Royal Opera House

Friday, June 12, 2015

Protesters disrupted a performance of "La Boheme" at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday night, when two of them stood up and unfurled a banner.
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Review: Marion Cotillard a Memorable Warrior Saint at the New York Philharmonic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"Jeanne d’Arc au bucher" came off as a well-budgeted Bible pageant with a memorable lead portrayal, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Orchestre de Paris Names Daniel Harding as Next Music Director

Thursday, June 11, 2015

With the new job, Harding becomes the top maestro at the Philharmonie de Paris, a dramatic new 2,400-seat hall on the northeastern edge of Paris.
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Classical Music Could Reduce Risk of Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The music of Beethoven, Puccini and especially Verdi can contribute to lowering blood pressure, according to a new study by Oxford University scientists.
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'Tristan und Isolde': The Mystery of Inspiration

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Unlike most of Wagner's works, whose origins we find in his sketches, letters and readings, Tristan seems to have begun rather suddenly in the 1850s. Fred Plotkin asks why.
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Love and Death, Wagner-Style: 'Tristan und Isolde' at 150

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Wagner’s "Tristan und Isolde" premiered 150 years ago Wednesday in Munich. Listen to this (highly condensed) synopsis of the opera.
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Apple Music Brings Change to Streaming, but Is It Enough?

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

When Apple launches its Apple Music streaming service at the end of June, it will affect things big and small in the music industry.
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New York Philharmonic Selects Anna Thorvaldsdottir for Emerging Composer Post

Monday, June 08, 2015

The New York Philharmonic has named Anna Thorvalsdottir as the newest Kravis Emerging Composer.
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Is Carl Nielsen the Most Underrated Composer of the 20th Century?

Monday, June 08, 2015

Several musicians and thinkers have argued this point. Tune in Tuesday for music celebrating the Danish composer's 150th birth anniversary and decide for yourself.
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Poignant 'Fun Home' Wins 2015 Best Musical Tony Award

Sunday, June 07, 2015

There's finally reason to be happy in a funeral home – "Fun Home" has won the best musical Tony Award.
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Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Analysts and music-industry sources say Apple is gearing up to launch a streaming music service, aimed at winning back some of its lost customers.
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The Story of Carl Nielsen

Friday, June 05, 2015

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June 9th, 2015 marks the 150 year anniversary of Carl Nielsen's birth. 
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Music Critic: Why I Confiscated a Woman's Ringing Phone Mid-Concerto

Friday, June 05, 2015

When a cell phone began to ring during a concert in Vienna, one American critic reached over, took the phone out of the owner's hand, and pocketed it until intermission.
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Is the World Ready for Carl Nielsen's 'Maskarade?'

Friday, June 05, 2015

Carl Nielsen's opera "Maskarade" deserves wider recognition, writes Fred Plotkin. While the comedy often falls flat, "the music is appealing and original."
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Video: Broadway Casts of 'Lion King,' 'Aladdin' Sing Through LaGuardia Flight Delay

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The casts of "The Lion King" and "Aladdin" staged an a cappella sing-off at LaGuardia Airport Sunday night when storms delayed numerous flights.
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