Italian Lessons in Bologna with Gigliola Frazzoni

Friday, December 16, 2016

Fred Plotkin remembers his teacher, mentor and friend, Gigliola Frazzoni, the Italian opera singer who taught him about opera and Italian in Bologna.
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How Beethoven Composed While Deaf

Friday, December 16, 2016

"Beethoven composed when he was deaf" might be the go-to did-you-know music fact, but seriously, how did he do it?
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Reality Star Soprano Jackie Evancho to Perform at Trump's Inauguration

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A 16-year old Jackie Evancho has been chosen to perform at Donald J. Trump's presidential inauguration next month.
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Art Exhibit Makes Use of Donated Instruments

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

An upcoming solo art show that repurposes found objects makes notable use of several unplayable instruments donated during the WQXR instrument drive.
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Watch: Beethoven Symphony No. 7 Is Transformed Into a Cuban Rumba

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Composer Joachim Horsley reimagines the famed second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 as a Cuban rumba, to dazzling effect.
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Watch: This 'Star Wars' Ultimate Piano Medley Is Out of This World

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The latest "Star Wars" film hits theaters this week, so let's celebrate the franchise's fantastic music by re-visiting this awesome medley from pianist Sonya Belousova.
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Isabelle Faust Featured in Midday Mozart Takeover

Monday, December 12, 2016

This week, WQXR's Midday Mozart at noon will feature new recordings of Mozart's violin concertos, from a new recording by award-winning violinist Isabelle Faust.
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The Russian Soul of Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Monday, December 12, 2016

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from all scheduled future opera performances to dedicate himself to treatment for a brain tumor. Fred Plotkin explores his artistry.
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Best of 2016: Classical Christmas Albums

Monday, December 12, 2016

Here are a few of our favorite Christmas releases from 2016, ranging from intimate to magnificent.
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Watch This Piano Duo's Must-See 'Sleigh Ride' Video That Is Just Right

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Anderson and Roe cinematic music videos are well-known on YouTube. But you might have missed last year’s inventive and whimsical “Sleigh Ride" — it's a must-see.
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12 Significant Classical Music Events in 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

By no means were there only 12 significant events in the world of classical music this year. But here are some worthy of acknowledgement.
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Saxophone Ensemble Puts Fresh Spin on a Holiday Favorite

Friday, December 09, 2016

The Eastman Saxophone Project plays selections from The Nutcracker Suite, giving us a fresh interpretation of a reliable holiday classic.
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Keep Cozy With Groupmuse's Intimate Holiday Concerts

Friday, December 09, 2016

Groupmuse, a company focused on bringing talented performers from the concert hall to apartment living rooms, is proving to be a great way to embrace the holiday spirit.
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5 Musical Works Time Left Behind

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Some works from notable composers have been lost to time. Others still have surviving fragments, with which composers have tried to reconstruct the original.
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Christmas Classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' Becomes An Opera

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Frank Capra's Christmas classic gets a modern update, as composer Jake Heggie takes "It's a Wonderful Life" to the Houston Grand Opera.
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Watch: Splendid Mozart Flute Concerto Performed For the Very First Time

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

On the 225th anniversary of the death of the beloved composer, a never-performed Mozart composition premiere's at Turkey’s International Şefika Kutluer Festival.
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French Lessons in Chicago with 'Les Troyens' and 'Don Quichotte'

Monday, December 05, 2016

Fred Plotkin visits Chicago and attends impressive performances of "Les Troyens" and "Don Quichotte" at Lyric Opera of Chicago. 
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Top 20 Selling Classical and Crossover Albums of 2016

Monday, December 05, 2016

Take a listen to 20 of the top-selling classical music releases as determined by sales and Nielsen data on Billboards top Classical charts in 2016.
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How Classical Elevated the Oscar-Winning Film 'Birdman'

Monday, December 05, 2016

The jarring juxtaposition of Antonio Sánchez’s improvised drumming with iconic pieces of classical music transformed much of Alejandro Iñárritu’s Oscar-winning film "Birdman."
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Review: Kaija Saariaho Opera Walks On Artificial Water at the Met

Friday, December 02, 2016

Kaija Saariaho's "L'Amour de Loin" is one of the operatic wonders of our time, though the best efforts of the Met Opera didn't always reveal that to Thursday's opening night audience.
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