The Art of the Master Class

Friday, September 14, 2012

Master classes are one of the most fascinating aspects of the process of taking talented young singers and trying to polish and mold them while allowing them to retain what makes them special, writes Fred Plotkin.

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Baltimore Symphony Joins Parsons School for Concert Attire Makeover

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Parsons The New School for Design to re-imagine traditional concert dress for musicians.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Goes on the Couch

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Second City comedy troupe is teaming with the Lyric Opera of Chicago to produce short films about a therapist named Dr. Opera who counsels famous opera characters. Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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On Clara Schumann's Birthday, Debating the Status of Female Composers

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Has Clara Schumann's work achieved its rightful place in the canon? How about Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach or Lili Boulanger? Take our poll and leave your comments.

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Minnesota Woman Loses Music Downloading Appeal

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Minnesota woman accused of sharing songs online owes record companies $222,000 for willful copyright violations, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

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'A Late Quartet,' Film About NYC String Quartet, Premieres in Toronto

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir, got its premiere on Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer here.

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Freedom, at the Opera and Everywhere Else

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Pop music has addressed the concept of freedom in many different ways, writes Fred Plotkin. "In opera, freedom is described in ways that are more indirect but also more profound."

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Fall Preview 2012: Twelve Classical Concerts to Hear This Season

Monday, September 10, 2012

Presidential elections will inevitably steal the national spotlight this autumn. But there's plenty of on-stage drama to be found in New York's concert halls this season too.

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How Political Conventions are Similar to Opera

Monday, September 10, 2012

With the fall political conventions now over, blogger Olivia Giovetti reflects on the similarities between these staged spectacles and those involving arias, divas and high musical drama.

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Poll: What Would Help Troubled American Orchestras?

Monday, September 10, 2012

In advance of a WQXR discussion on several troubled American orchestras we'd like to get your input on the topic. Take our polls.

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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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