Margaret Juntwait, Former WNYC Host, Voice of Metropolitan Opera, Dies at 58

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Margaret Juntwait, the former WNYC announcer who became the first woman to host the Met broadcasts, has died.
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Donor Left Millions for New York City Opera as Company Filed for Bankruptcy

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The executors of a late City Opera benefactor's estate have come forward to deliver a bequest included in his will. 
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Projected Titles Have Helped to Save Opera, Says Dramaturg

Monday, June 01, 2015

Fred Plotkin recently argued that surtitles have become a crutch for opera-goers, turning their attention away from the music. Today we get an opposing view.
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Future of New York's Chautauqua Amphitheater Sparks Divide

Sunday, May 31, 2015

A debate is underway over whether to go ahead with a plan to demolish and rebuild the open-air venue affectionately known as "the Amp."
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In World Soccer, a Handel Anthem Provides Timely Theme Music

Saturday, May 30, 2015

As scandal engulfs the world soccer governing body FIFA, a Handel coronation anthem provides an unlikely soundtrack.
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Have Projected Titles Really Been Good For Opera?

Friday, May 29, 2015

Projected titles, or surtitles, have been widely praised for making opera more accessible. But blogger Fred Plotkin questions whether they've improperly shifted the focus.
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Kennedy Center Announces Lineup for New American Orchestra Festival

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and The Knights have been selected to participate in the inaugural SHIFT Festival.
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Emanuel Ax Demoted to Mere 'Accompanist' in Prank Video

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The pianist Emanuel Ax – or "Yo-Yo Ma's accompanist" – is asked about awards he didn't win and the various "songs" that he performs.
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Polyphony Foundation Aims to Bridge Gaps Between Jewish and Arab Israelis

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A nonprofit aims to join Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through classical music training programs.
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Song Translations in Recitals: The Readers Weigh In

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Should song recitalists stop providing printed translations? Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the vehemence of opinions over his recent article on the issue.
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Hair Strands of Mozart and Beethoven Expected to Fetch $18,000 in Auction

Monday, May 25, 2015

The hair strand belonging to Mozart has sold in an auction at Sotheby's for $51,825; the small lock of Beethoven's hair has sold for $8,125.
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Cecilia Bartoli to Sing Maria in 'West Side Story'

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Italian opera star will sing the role of Maria in a new production of West Side Story at its 2016 edition.
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Weird: Richard Wagner Fans See His Face in a Mountain in Germany

Friday, May 22, 2015

Richard Wagner, who was born 202 years ago on Friday, is being celebrated in an unusual way in his native Germany.
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Valery Gergiev Remains Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Valery Gergiev leads a list of the top-paid cultural figures in Russia – out-earning nearly 800 leaders of theaters, museums, orchestras and circuses.
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Should Vocal Recitalists Stop Providing Printed Translations of Songs?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Stephanie Blythe began a recent recital with a startling announcement: there would be no printed texts or translations.
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After Cuba, Minnesota Orchestra Renews Contracts with Players, Vänskä

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Minnesota Orchestra said Tuesday that it has renewed its contracts with both its music director and its musicians, two days after returning from a whirlwind trip to Cuba.
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The Weird and Unexpected Delights of Summer Music Festivals

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ambitious festivals are their own destination, homes to category-defying works, provocations and musical rehabilitations, writes David Patrick Stearns.
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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2015

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer means concerts in the hills, near beaches and in air-conditioned halls. Consult our guide to 15 of the summer's classical music festivals around the region.
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Video: First Trailer for Steve Jobs Biopic Has an Orchestral Concept

Monday, May 18, 2015

"The musicians play the instruments. I play the orchestra," says Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in the first trailer for Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin's film "Steve Jobs."
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Detroit Symphony to Webcast Mahler Rehearsal – For 15 Minutes

Monday, May 18, 2015

This Wednesday, Internet audiences can watch 15 minutes of Leonard Slatkin's morning rehearsal with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
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