Roman Totenberg, Violinist and Master Teacher, Dies at 101

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Roman Totenberg, a violin instructor from Poland whose nine-decade career featured concert performances before kings and presidents and helped produce dozens of accomplished musicians, has died at age 101.

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Marc-André Hamelin to Tackle Monster Concerto

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Busoni's Piano Concerto is the biggest in the repertoire: five movements, 70 minutes long, both enigmatically philosophical and riotously tuneful, and augmented with a male chorus in the finale to boot.

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Stradivarius Cello, Worth $20M, Broken in Accident in Spain

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A Stradivarius cello housed at the Spanish Royal Palace was broken in an accident, an official said Monday. The instrument could be worth more than $20 million.

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Classical Music Fueled Maurice Sendak's Creative Muse

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Brooklyn-born illustrator and author Maurice Sendak also made his mark in classical music. He talks about his favorite pieces in a 1981 interview on WQXR.

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Video: Copenhagen Philharmonic Surprises Subway Riders with Grieg

Monday, May 07, 2012

Having previously staged a flash-mob performance of Ravel's Bolero in Copenhagen's Central Station, the Danish orchestra took the next logical step.

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How a Singer Prepares a Role

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The preparation of a single operatic role can take months or years as singers learn languages, acting, history, movement and make myriad emotional connections to the roles," writes Fred Plotkin. Here's why.

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Opera's Youth in Revolt

Monday, May 07, 2012

"The problems of opera in the 21st Century have nothing to do with age and everything to do with maturity," writes Olivia Giovetti, who considers a production called The Armida Project.

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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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