12 Composers Who Were Inspired (or Injured!) by Bicycles

Friday, May 01, 2015

Sunday marks the 38th annual TD Five Boro Bike Tour and here are 12 connections between classical music and cycling.
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Dispatch from Florence: Opera Prevails Strikes, Political Turmoil

Friday, May 01, 2015

Despite Florence's history with opera, it is not widely popular with locals or visitors, writes Fred Plotkin. Recently, Italian politics brought new complications.
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Did North Korea Execute Four Orchestra Musicians?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly ordered the execution of four members of Pyongyang's Unhasu Orchestra last month.
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Ravel's 'Gaspard De La Nuit': The Most Difficult Piano Piece Ever?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday at 10:30 am, tune in for a recording of "Ondine" from "Gaspard de la Nuit," and take our poll.
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Iconic Portrait of J.S. Bach Returns to Germany

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A portrait of Bach considered one of the most important paintings in the classical music world is being returned to his home city after a 250-year odyssey.
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After Turmoil, Baltimore Symphony Plays Free Outdoor Concert

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Members of the Baltimore Symphony gave a free concert Wednesday for a city that 36 hours earlier had been rocked by violent protests.
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Met Museum to Expand Concerts to New Breuer Building

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to announce its 2015-16 season Wednesday, one that will include the first performances in the newly acquired Met Breuer building.
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Rolf Smedvig, Trumpeter Who Founded Empire Brass, Dies at 63

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rolf Smedvig, the charismatic trumpeter who co-founded the Empire Brass, one of the most successful brass quintets in the past half-century, died on Monday.
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New John Cage Website Aims Set the Record Straight on Composer

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"It's not about doing whatever the hell you want," the famously colorful conductor told an audience of supporters and journalists.
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'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' Get a Leading 12 Tony Noms

Monday, April 27, 2015

"An American in Paris" and "Fun Home" each received 12 Tony Award nominations.
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2015 International Opera Awards, Richard Tucker Award Announced

Monday, April 27, 2015

Classical music's spring awards season is underway, with last week's Pulitzer Prize announcement and now, two sets of accolades from the world of opera.
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Arts Groups Offer 'Sensory-Friendly' Performances for People with Autism

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A growing number of performing arts venues offer programs for families affected by autism spectrum disorder. It's helping some orchestras demonstrate their relevance.
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The Operatic Ibsen

Friday, April 24, 2015

Henrik Ibsen's high-octane dramas and occasional comedies are the stuff of opera, writes Fred Plotkin. So why aren't there more adaptations?
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Valentina Lisitsa to Give Toronto Recitals, a Month After Twitter Uproar

Friday, April 24, 2015

Valentina Lisitsa, the pianist known for her barbed Twitter commentary, has found a way to perform around Toronto after all.
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Whitney Museum to Get Its First Dedicated Performance Space

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Feasts for the eye can be found at every turn in the Whitney Museum of American Art's new downtown space. But museum officials want to offer a buffet for the ears too.
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San Francisco Symphony Targets Younger Fans with Nightclub Events

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Vegas-style nightclub is the San Francisco Symphony's latest effort to attract a younger audience as it faces dwindling ticket sales.
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Video: Pianist Yundi Li and Taylor Swift Star in Chinese Car Commercial

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The phenomenon of American celebrities starring in commercials overseas is nothing new, but chances are, few have involved classical pianists.
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Review: Renée Fleming Makes Broadway Debut as Vain Diva in 'Living on Love'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The best moments in this mixed bag of a play are the inside-y opera ones, writes Operavore critic David Patrick Stearns.
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Julia Wolfe's 'Anthracite Fields' Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 20, 2015

Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields, a multimedia oratorio about the plight of Pennsylvania coal miners, has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for music.
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How the Stars Align Around Planet Opera

Monday, April 20, 2015

A recent, bittersweet birthday party of an important European singer leads Fred Plotkin to consider the ways in which opera stars create extended circles of friends.
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