Pierre Boulez Breaks His Shoulder, Cancels in Lucerne

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The conductor Pierre Boulez has cancelled concerts on Sept. 7 and 9 at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland as the result of a broken shoulder.

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Lloyd Moss, WQXR Host for More Than 50 Years, Dies at 86

Monday, August 05, 2013

Lloyd Moss, a WQXR host of five decades who brought an irreverence and genial wit to the once staid universe of classical radio, died on Saturday.

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Foreclosure Averted, Nashville Symphony Now Faces Tough Labor Talks

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Two months after narrowly averting a foreclosure on its concert hall, the Nashville Symphony now faces difficult contract talks with its musicians.

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Design for Hudson Yards Arts Venue Receives $50 Million Grant

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Bloomberg administration has recently allotted $50 million to the 170,000-square-foot Culture Shed, an expandable visual and performing arts venue along the High Line on the Far West side.

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A Russian Music Playlist for Edward Snowden

Thursday, August 01, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has time to read the classics. But what pieces of music should he download to get a feel for the Russian soul? We asked some experts for suggestions.

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Violinist Min-Jin Kym’s Stolen Stradivarius is Found after Two Years

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Classical musician Min-Jin Kym, the British Transport Police, and Stradivarius lovers can rest easy tonight knowing that a high-profile case of violin theft has finally closed.

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Violinist Arrested for Playing Bach on Subway Platform

Monday, July 29, 2013

A violinist claims he was handcuffed for playing Bach's Third Partita on the platform of the Hunter College subway station Thursday – and spent four hours in custody as a result.

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At Aix-en-Provence Festival, Mediterranean Sunlight and Dark Themes

Monday, July 29, 2013

For its 65th edition, organizers of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence sought to demonstrate that the region's most established music festival has not grown staid and predictable.

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Poll: Is it Ethical for Musicians to Play During a Heat Wave?

Friday, July 26, 2013

How do you think orchestras should deal with hot weather? Must the show go on when temperatures near 100? Take our poll and share your thoughts.

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Map: A Guide to Ring Cycles Around the Globe

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

With the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth this year come productions of the composer's Ring cycle around the world. Check out our interactive map to find a production near you.

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Tanglewood Festival's Disabled List Grows as Artists Drop Out

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Less than 24 hours after the Boston Symphony's incoming music director Andris Nelsons canceled a weekend appearance at Tanglewood due to a freak accident, the festival has announced two further cancellations.

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Wagner Explainer: Can We Separate the Man from His Music?

Monday, July 22, 2013

We've asked several Wagner scholars, conductors and critics about how they deal with issues around Wagner's troublesome character traits: his anti-Semitism, misogyny and narcissism.

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House GOP Vows to Slash Arts Funding

Monday, July 22, 2013

House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration.

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Richard Wagner, Comedy Icon?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Not often do we associate the 19th-century composer with comedy. There are, however, a surprising number of references to Wagner and his compositions in popular culture today.

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Can an iPad App Make You Love Liszt?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A new app designed for iPads gives users a chance to better understand Liszt's Sonata in B minor. It shows the English pianist Stephen Hough giving a complete performance.

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Carnegie Hall's New National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Debut

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a new project of Carnegie Hall, is bringing together 120 students from 42 states. It debuts this week.

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Video: Obama Presents National Medal of the Arts to Renée Fleming, Tony Kushner

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including Renée Fleming during a White House ceremony on Wednesday.

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Kickstarter vs. The NEA: Which Provides More Arts Funding?

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A talk last week at the Aspen Institute reignited a debate that has been circulating in the arts world over the past year: does the website Kickstarter raise more money for the arts than the federal government?

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Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Cheers on Andy Murray at Wimbledon Final

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Sunday's Wimbledon final attracted a host of high-profile faces, including at least one from the world of classical music: bespectacled pianist Mitsuko Uchida was seen cheering in the royal box.

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Having Trouble Breathing? Try Singing

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Doctors at London's Royal Brompton Hospital started a program to help people with lung disease after reasoning that the kind of breathing used by singers might also help lung patients.

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