Is Handel's Messiah Anti-Semitic?

Friday, April 18, 2014

A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.

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NJ Choral Singer Collapses and Dies at Walt Disney Hall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A choral singer collapsed and died at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Monday, the first death of a musician at the venue since its 2003 opening.

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Neville Marriner, Prolific English Conductor, Active at 90

Monday, April 14, 2014

To commemorate the 90th birthday of English conductor Neville Marriner on Tuesday, there was no shortage of recordings for WQXR to choose from.

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John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. Commissioned by Seattle Symphony, it carries a message about the impact of climate change.

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Injured Lorin Maazel Cancels More Concerts, With Wide Repercussions

Monday, April 14, 2014

An unnamed accident has caused Lorin Maazel to drop out of a series of high-profile concerts this spring, the latest being the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 10-day tour to Japan and China.

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Chicago Classical Station Hits Pledge Drive Record By Using Obscure Piano CD

Monday, April 14, 2014

WFMT hit a one-day record for a pledge drive by relying solely on the music of Vera Gornostaeva, an 84-year-old Russian pianist who spent the peak of her career shrouded behind the Iron Curtain.

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Classical Music's Awards Season Heats Up

Friday, April 11, 2014

This Monday, the Pulitzer Prize in music will be handed out, the most high-profile – and debated – composition award around. It arrives in the midst of a busy awards season.

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A Kiss for 'QXR

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It’s quite a surprise, seeing these faces on the WQXR website, isn’t it? But it’s no accident, although our connection is to only one of the members of the rock band KISS.

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J&R Closes its Downtown Music and Electronics Store

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

J&R, the legendary Lower Manhattan music and electronics store, is shutting its doors after 43 years in business.

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Mark O'Connor's Prized Violin Damaged in Backstage Accident

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mark O'Connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD, causing several major cracks in the wood. He tells Elliott Forrest how it happened.

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Study Casts New Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins

Monday, April 07, 2014

So you think you can tell a fine Stradivarius from a modern violin without reading the label? If not, you're in good company: Neither can several professional violin soloists.

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Listen: Los Angeles Philharmonic Keeps Playing During Earthquake

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has released an audio recording of its performance on March 30, during which a 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Walt Disney Concert Hall as the orchestra played Ravel.

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Top 5 Classical Music Moments on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Friday, April 04, 2014

In his 30-plus years at the helm of late night shows, David Letterman has played host to thousands of musicians. Every so often a classical performer would sneak into the mix.

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Itzhak Perlman Airport Incident Prompts Apology, Donation

Friday, April 04, 2014

Days after an airline worker abandoned Itzhak Perlman with his violin, crutches and luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Air Canada has offered an apology and a donation.

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Conducting Guru Claims Women Shouldn't Be Conductors

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Another outcry has arisen from comments about women being unsuitable to be conductors. "Some of them are making faces, sweating and fussing," he said.

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Violinist Gil Shaham Takes On a New Role: Crime Fighter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Reports of train stations and shopping malls blaring classical music to chase off vagrants, vandals and ne'er-do-wells have been making headlines for over a decade. Gil Shaham decided to act.

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Ivory Ticklers: Six Funny Classical Piano Comedy Routines

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Although comedy and classical music might seem like an oxymoron, celebrated humorists have fused the two for decades. For this April 1st, here are six standouts.

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New York Philharmonic to Summer in Santa Barbara

Monday, March 31, 2014

The New York Philharmonic on Monday announced a four-year partnership with the Music Academy of the West, a summer festival and school for aspiring professional musicians in Santa Barbara, CA.

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No Time for a Symphony? Try a Ringtone, Says Spektral Quartet

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Spektral Quartet, from Chicago, has just commissioned 47 composers to write ringtones, alarms and text message alerts for cellphones.

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Rare Stradivarius Viola Could Bring $45M at Sale

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A rare 1719 Stradivarius viola is expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale.

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