How Classical Music Tuned in with Technology in 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In 2011, a growing number of arts organizations embraced digital technology a means of riding out the stresses facing the field.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

The year 2011 saw the deaths of major composers, singers, conductors and music presenters. We remember their contributions to classical music and the world with this slideshow.

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Berlin's Operatic Rule of Three

Monday, December 26, 2011

Opera fans in Berlin can have their pick of three major opera houses, each with distinctive approaches to tradition. Blogger Olivia Giovetti recently sampled the offerings and gives her report.

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$172K Violin Left on Philly-bound Bus is Recovered

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A rare violin worth $172,000 that was mistakenly left on board a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus by a groggy music student from Taiwan has been found and returned to its grateful owner.

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McDonald's Pianist: I'm Loving It

Friday, December 23, 2011

Andrew Shapiro has played the piano at a Manhattan McDonald's for over seven years. Hints of Chopin-esque harmonies mingle with shouts of “May I help the next customer please?”

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Christmas at the Opera

Friday, December 23, 2011

Certain operas seem like a natural fit for holiday time, writes Fred Plotkin, from Hansel and Gretel to Rimsky-Korsakov's unjustly forgotten Christmas Eve.

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Is This Seat Taken?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Who owns seats—full or empty—in concert halls and opera houses? Do they belong to the theater? The ticket-holder? And does that make a difference if you're switching a seat? Blogger Olivia Giovetti considers these questions.

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Park Avenue Armory Names New Artistic Leader

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Park Avenue Armory has named Alex Poots, currently the director of England's Manchester International Festival, as its first artistic director.

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Planet Opera: At Milan's La Scala, Opulence Amid Austerity

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

La Scala, despite its famous history of temperamental divas and conductors and its frequent labor strife, also reminds us of the dignity, the glory and the sheer visceral thrill of opera, writes Fred Plotkin.

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How Memories Linger Through Music and Food

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

WQXR's Kerry Nolan asks why holiday traditions -- the nostalgia a piece of music brings, the aroma of a roasting turkey -- propel us to another time and place.

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Pianist Finds the Keys to New Kindle Format

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A significant trend in publishing, the Kindle Single format was recently adopted by the pianist Jonathan Biss.

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A Maverick Organist Cuts Loose on a Christmas Standard

Monday, December 19, 2011

The flamboyant organist Cameron Carpenter offers us another example of his remarkable technical and musical skills in a new recording and video of “Sleigh Ride.”

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The Best of 2011 in Opera

Monday, December 19, 2011

In a season of Best-Of lists, Operavore Olivia Giovetti names her own picks for standouts of 2011. Find out what made the cut, and leave your own nominations in the comments.

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The Strange Musical World of Kim Jong Il

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il, who died Saturday at the age of 69, took an active role in North Korean culture, and had a truly curious relationship to classical music.

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Soprano Hurt in Fall During 'Faust' at Met Opera

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mezzo-soprano Wendy White has been released from the hospital after falling about eight feet from a platform to the stage during a performance of Gounod's Faust.

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Warm Up: Iestyn Davies Applies Practical Magic to His Falsetto

Friday, December 16, 2011

In the latest of our Warm-Up series, Olivia Giovetti talks to Iestyn Davies about how a countertenor prepares his voice for a performance -- and doesn't mind a few jokes along the way.

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Zeffirelli's Bohèmians Turn 30

Thursday, December 15, 2011

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of Franco Zeffirelli’s production of La Bohème. This production, more than any other, changed operagoing at the Met, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.

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Music Critics Survey the Best of 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Tis the season for year-end lists. Check out what critics from the New Yorker, the Washington Post and others say was the best music of 2011.

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Anthony Amato, Impresario of Small Grand Opera, Dies at 91

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Anthony Amato, co-founder of the Amato Opera, died on Tuesday. For over six decades, his company was a fixture on the downtown arts scene.

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Inheriting the Wind

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

With James Levine's departure from the Met an imminent inevitability, blogger Olivia Giovetti looks at several possibilities for his successor.

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