5 Classical Pieces To Celebrate An Election Victory

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The election is finally over and your favored candidate emerged the champion. Here are five top-notch tunes that reflect the unbeatable feelings of sweet victory. 
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Zoltan Kocsis, Hungarian Pianist and Conductor, Dies at 64

Monday, November 07, 2016

Zoltan Kocsis, a famed pianist and conductor and musical director of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, has died. He was 64.
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When Donald Trump Analyzed Composer Steve Reich (And Failed)

Monday, November 07, 2016

It appears that at least one of the two candidates has waded into the history of contemporary classical music without the proper facts on hand.
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The Glorious Diversity of African-American Music

Friday, November 04, 2016

Blogger Fred Plotkin takes a tour of the "stupendous" "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the The National Museum of African American History and Culture with the exhibit curator.
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Cleveland Orchestra Strings Play Anthem at Series Finale

Thursday, November 03, 2016

While the Cleveland Indians did not prevail over the Cubs in the World Series finale, the city pulled out all the stops to make the contest a classy one. Watch the video.
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5 Marathon-Length Classical Works

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

In the spirit of Sunday's New York City Marathon, we present a few classical "marathons"— pieces that are exceptionally long, grand in scale or take superhuman concentration to complete.
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Watch: 25 Bizarre Facts About Classical Music

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Hay eating pianos, string quartets in helicopters, 20 minutes of a single note, Bach's eye surgery and more. These are some of the bizarre factoids to be discovered in this new video.
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Review: Met's Revival of Janáček's 'Jenůfa' Highlights Karita Mattila

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Karita Mattila's characterization of Jenůfa's tormented stepmother Kostelnicka is the talk of Metropolitan Opera circles, and could well become a signature role.
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Classical Music Videos to Help Us Chill During the Election

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

To help calm our election nerves, we've got a list of the best classical music videos that will chill our tempers and calm our nerves as election day approaches.
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What Can Happen When an Opera Performance is Cancelled

Monday, October 31, 2016

Human ashes in the orchestra pit this weekend caused the Met to halt one performance and cancelled another. Fred Plotkin explains what goes on during a performance cancellation.
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Steve Hackman and The Art of the Classical Mashup

Monday, October 31, 2016

Steve Hackman, a Curtis Institute of Music-trained conductor and composer, has taken the musical mashup concept to a whole new level with pop songs woven into orchestrated classics.
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Met Cancels Performances After Someone Sprinkles Suspicious Powder on Orchestra

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Police say that the powder substance spread into the Met's orchestra pit Saturday, which halted "Guillaume Tell," may have been the ashes of an opera lover.
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Keeping Up With Conductor Gianandrea Noseda

Friday, October 28, 2016

Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and the London Symphony Orchestra return to David Geffen Hall this weekend with the Verdi Requiem. Fred Plotkin journals about the maestro's busy fall. 
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Xian Zhang And New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Begin First Season Together

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Xian Zhang, the internationally acclaimed Chinese-American conductor, has her first concerts as music director of the NJSO this weekend.
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4 Classically Creepy Covers of the 'Halloween' Movie Theme

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

John Carpenter's classic horror film "Halloween" and its soundtrack, which he composed, might be the scariest of all time. Here are some fun covers of the main theme. Boo!
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7 Spooky Classical Pieces For Your Halloween Playlist

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In the spirit of the season, we share these creepy classical jams that no Halloween playlist should be without. What are your favorites?
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Before Verdi There Was Rossini

Monday, October 24, 2016

While in Italy to celebrate Verdi, Fred Plotkin muses on the man who came before him, Rossini.
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Daughter of Composer Alberto Ginastera Opens Up

Monday, October 24, 2016

While she was preparing a new album to celebrate the work of composer Alberto Ginastera, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis met with his daughter, Georgina.
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For ‘William Tell’ Nerds, The Met Does (Reasonably) Well by Rossini's Epic

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

David Patrick Stearns reviews the new William Tell production at the Met Opera and says that there is much that Rossini's massive epic has to offer, especially at the end.
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The Extraordinary Power of Pianist Emil Gilels

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

During the recent 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate pianist Emil Gilels' uniquely humble and genuine voice, as well as his powerful piano performances.
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