How to Make a Modern Violin Sound Like a Strad: Just add Fungus

Saturday, September 08, 2012

More than a deadly menace to trees, two species of fungi may also help unlock the secrets of the great 18th-century Italian violins.

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Ten Recordings We're Looking Forward to This Fall

Friday, September 07, 2012

From a Mario Lanza tribute to a new Don Giovanni, there are also a number of recordings to devour before winter. Here are ten albums blogger Olivia Giovetti is most looking forward to hearing this fall.

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Atlanta Symphony Locks Out Musicians Amid Labor Dispute

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season could be in jeopardy amid an ongoing labor conflict between the organization and its musicians.

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Remembering the Great Leonie Rysanek

Thursday, September 06, 2012

"There are singers who touch audience members very deeply for any number of reasons," writes Fred Plotkin. "For me, one of those was the Austrian soprano Leonie Rysanek."

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When Classical Stars Rally Political Conventions

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Convention organizers usually scour the pop and country charts when seeking performers who will burnish their image. But every so often, classical musicians have gotten the gig.

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Fifteen Performances to Catch this Fall

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

This fall, Emperor Titus returns to the Met, Philip Glass returns to BAM, Simon Keenlyside returns to Berg and VOX returns to City Opera. Here are our picks for the upcoming New York opera season.

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Mooning Over Opera

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

In operas, the moon has come to signal lunacy in mad scenes, represent expressions of love and suggest the darker forces within characters. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers why the moon is such a force.

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Study: Diners Eat Less When Restaurant Has Soft Music, Lighting

Monday, September 03, 2012

Soft lighting and mellow music in fast food restaurants can lead to increased satisfaction and lower calorie intake, say the authors of a new study.

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Civil War Events Feature Minstrel Song Revival

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Visitors to some Civil War anniversary events are hearing another long-silenced sound amid the cannon fire.

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Charles Ives Fans Seek to Buy His Endangered House

Sunday, September 02, 2012

A coalition of Charles Ives supporters is making plans to purchase the composer's longtime home in West Redding, CT and preserve it as a retreat for composers, musicians and scholars.

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Who Should Receive the Kennedy Center Honors?

Friday, August 31, 2012

In a few days, if customary schedules are upheld, we will learn the names of the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors. Blogger Fred Plotkin names artists who have been overlooked or deserve recognition.

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Passion Plays: Joan of Arc on the Opera Stage

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Joan of Arc has been portrayed as a villainess by Shakespeare, an angel by George Bernard Shaw, and has seen her share of operatic representation, figuring into more than 20 works, writes Olivia Giovetti.

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Musicians Protest New Parking Rules Near Theater District

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Broadway musicians are protesting new parking rules they say make it more difficult to find spaces on Ninth Avenue, near the theater district.

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Poll: Who's Got the Best Nickname in Classical Music?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Several recent name-changing artists got us to wonder: which artist has the best nickname? Is it "Manny," "Pinky," "MTT?"

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Classical Musicians Change Names, Forcing Fans to Adapt

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Before he was "Lenny," Leonard Bernstein was originally Louis Bernstein. The violinist Midori was formerly Midori Gotō. And Nigel Kennedy attempted to go by his given name alone for a period.

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Celebrating Tenor Richard Tucker

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Richard Tucker would have been 99 on Tuesday. Blogger Fred Plotkin writes that "even when he was 60, his singing was fresh, musical and expressive and audiences loved him."

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Pianist Van Cliburn Diagnosed with Cancer

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday.

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Richard Tucker Day: Select Events

Monday, August 27, 2012

New York honors native son and renowned opera star Richard Tucker—who would have been 99 today—with a citywide celebration to kick off his centenary year.

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Operatic Clarinet and Episodic Mass at Mostly Mozart

Monday, August 27, 2012

This year's Mostly Mozart Festival went out more with a sigh than a bang, writes blogger Olivia Giovetti. And yet, "it was no less absorbing; an intriguing send-off to a festival that centered on the influence of birdsong."

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Watch: Pianist Plays Handel on a Bike, Wins Amsterdam Prize

Monday, August 27, 2012

Last year, the Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken took to the streets of Amsterdam, performing the music of Handel on a kind of rolling piano. See how it went down.

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