6 Chilling Works to Combat the Summer Heat

Friday, July 22, 2016

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With sweltering temperatures rising higher and a 'heat dome' on its way, here are six classical works to provide a necessary and refreshing cool breeze to these hot and humid days.
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How to Make Music Out of 57 Individual Themes

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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The creator of 'Classical Music Mashup,' a YouTube video that combines more than 50 themes by 33 composers, explains how he fused them into a single coherent and utterly delightful work.
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6 Performers Using Music to Make the World a Better Place

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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In response to the horrific events of recent weeks, here are classical musicians using their art to advocate for peace, justice, environmentalism and other good causes.
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5 Mid-Century American Works that Deserve to Be Included in the Canon

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Alan Fletcher, president of the Aspen Music Festival, lists five lesser-known American masterpieces featured this year, and one that just missed the cut, that he's passionate about.
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Watch: Inon Barnatan Plays Mendelssohn at the Steinway Factory

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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Pianist Inon Barnatan visited the Steinway Factory in Queens where he performed Mendelssohn's Rondo capriccioso. Watch an exclusive video of his virtuoso performance.
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Listen: Musicians Protest Brexit with 'Ode to Joy'

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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In response to Britain's vote to leave the European Union, a group of musicians performed the EU anthem, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," hoping music will prove a uniting force.
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8 Female Composers Who Were Hits in Their Own Time

Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Anna Beer, author of a new book profiling the lives of female composers from the 17th to the 20th centuries, talks about the women who succeeded against the odds.
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Kennedy Center Honors Martha Argerich

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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Argentine pianist Martha Argerich is among five honorees — including the Eagles, Al Pacino, Mavis Staples and James Taylor — to be acknowledged for lifetime artistic achievements.
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Dallas Opera to Support Women Conductors 'For the Long Haul'

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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As it announces its second class of participants, the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors has also committed to support women in the conducting field for 20 years.
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Celebrating Summer with Beethoven's 'Pastoral,' an Evocation of Nature

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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The sounds of waterfalls and cuckoos can be found in Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, but the composer wasn't merely mimicking the countryside.
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Blue Skies and Beethoven: Chinese Musicians Spend a Week with the NY Phil

Monday, June 20, 2016

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See photos and read impressions from the Shanghai Orchestra Academy fellows' time with the New York Philharmonic.
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7 Works of Music to Celebrate the Longest Day of the Year

Monday, June 20, 2016

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In honor of the summer solstice, here are seven superlatively lengthy pieces of music that, when listened to in full, will take up a significant portion of the day. 
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5 Versions of 'Nessun Dorma' that Went Viral

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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From Paul Potts to Laura Bretan, we track the short history of Puccini's "Nessun dorma" on televised reality shows, plus why the aria's fame would have shocked its composer.
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Watch: Video of Lincoln Center's 'Paradise Interrupted'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

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Hear the virtuosic soprano aria from Huang Ruo's Chinese opera, "Paradise Interrupted," which will receive its New York premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival next month.
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Lincoln Center Announces 2016 White Light Lineup

Thursday, June 16, 2016

William Kentridge, the Berlin Radio Choir, a reconstructed 16th century concert and "Sounds of India" highlight the festival, which explores the spiritual nature of music and art.
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Musicians Commemorate Victims of the Orlando Shooting

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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In New York, a choral gathering created an atmosphere of mourning for Sunday's shooting victims. It was among the musical tributes held in the United States and abroad.
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Power of Vocal Music Unites Hundreds of New Yorkers in Song

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Two events, the 'Big Sing' and 'the public domain,' are bringing together hundreds of area singers to join together in a pair of monumental performances this summer.
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Did Gershwin Get His ‘Rhythm’ from African-American Composer William Grant Still?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Tony-nominated musical "Shuffle Along" posits that George Gershwin found one of his most famous themes while watching the original 1921 production. Elliott Forrest investigates.
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Watch 371 Trombones Play Wagner and Bernstein

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

On Wednesday, 371 trombone players braved the rainy weather to create their own thunder on the Lincoln Center campus.
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6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches Offering Advice to Future Musicians

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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A half dozen performers, including Jessye Norman and Claire Chase, share words of wisdom to this year's conservatory graduates as they embark on the next phase of their careers.
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