Philharmonic Changes Summer Schedule to Relieve Park Grass

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The 13 acres of carefully-manicured Kentucky bluegrass that blanket Central Park’s Great Lawn may get a reprieve this summer when the New York Philharmonic returns for its two summer parks concerts in July.

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Detroit Symphony Names Yoonshin Song as New Concertmaster

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Yoonshin Song, a 30-year-old violinist who has played with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2010, is the new concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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Kevin Puts' Pulitzer-Winning Silent Night from Minnesota

Friday, May 04, 2012

Tuesday at 7 pm on Operavore, Jeff Spurgeon talks with composer Kevin Puts about his Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night. Following the interview, we bring you the Minnesota Opera's complete performance.

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In Praise of Sir Georg Solti

Friday, May 04, 2012

This year is the birth centennial of Sir Georg Solti. Operavore blogger Fred Plotkin profiles the famous conductor. 

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Reanimating 'Butterfly'

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Olivia Giovetti looks at the connection between opera and the world of anime and manga, in light of a new production of Madama Butterfly that fuses both.

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The Sun Yat-Sen Also Rises

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Olivia Giovetti puts the political controversies aside to examine the musical value of Huang Ruo's controversial opera, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen.

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How to Reinvent the Role of the Music Critic

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In the past seven years, more than half of all arts journalism jobs have been eliminated in American newsrooms. A new project seeks new models for local arts journalism in the digital age.

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Ringside: Your Reviews of The Met’s Ring Cycle

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

As the Metropolitan Opera's Ring comes to an end next week, we’d like to give you a chance to share your thoughts on this massive undertaking. Give us your review in 300 words or less.

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Planet Opera: In Flanders, Cobbled Lanes and Cutting-Edge Opera

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Flanders is an essential part of Europe's opera scene, home to the Vlaamse Opera and the Flanders Festival, and the setting itself for a pair of major operas. Fred Plotkin reports on its musical riches.

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Commentary: When 'Dancing with the Stars' Gets Classical

Monday, April 30, 2012

This week, one of the hottest shows on TV today, "Dancing with the Stars," has embraced classical music for the second year in a row. Elliott Forrest thinks it's a good thing.

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Hugo Fiorato, Founder of WQXR String Quartet, Dies at 97

Monday, April 30, 2012

The conductor and violinist Hugo Fiorato, a founding member of the WQXR String Quartet and a fixture with the New York City Ballet, died April 23 at the age of 97.

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Masur Fractured Shoulder Blade in Paris Accident

Monday, April 30, 2012

Conductor Kurt Masur fractured his shoulder blade when he lost his balance and fell off the stage at a concert in Paris on Thursday night, his assistant said on Monday.

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Smaller Arts Grants Awarded for PBS Shows

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year.

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Downtown, Wotan Gets Ready to Rumble

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Performance Lab 115's take on Wagner's Ring Cycle transfers the 16-hour music drama to an '80s wrestling ring. Blogger Olivia Giovetti gives her review.

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Conductor Kurt Masur Falls Off Podium During Concert

Friday, April 27, 2012

Former New York Philharmonic music director Kurt Masur fell off the podium at a concert in Paris as he was leading the Orchestre National de France, a spokeswoman for the orchestra said.

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The Greatest Opera You've Never Seen

Thursday, April 26, 2012

We all love to talk about the operas that we have seen, but Olivia Giovetti believes it's more fun to talk about the operas we haven't seen. Share your confessions of oversights here!

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Philadelphia Orchestra Details Upcoming China Trip

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra will travel to China next month for a packed schedule of concerts in four cities, master classes, cultural exchange forums and community outreach.

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Philly Orchestra, Musicians' Pension Fund Settle

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra says it has reached a settlement with the national pension fund representing musicians for the financially struggling organization.

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What Becomes a Legend Most?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In light of two new works based on Renaissance texts, blogger Olivia Giovetti wonders how much distance between event and art makes for an effective, historically-based opera.

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Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée Dons a New Chapeau

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Frenchman Louis Langrée, music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, is the new music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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