WQXR's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

There’s still time to get the perfect present for the classical music lover on your list.

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Berlin Philharmonic Announces Fall 2014 Residency in New York

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Berlin Philharmonic on Monday announced a New York residency for October 2014 that will span six concerts and three of the city’s biggest cultural institutions.

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Milwaukee Symphony Faces 'Possible Extinction' Due to Budget Crisis

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Milwaukee Symphony plans to reduce the size of the ensemble and slash its performance schedule in an effort to address a multimillion-dollar budget deficit in its last fiscal year.

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Nelson Mandela, Sunsets and Classical Music

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In one often-repeated anecdote, one of Nelson Mandela's greatest pleasures was listening to classical recordings while watching the sunset.

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Benjamin Zander, Maestro Who Works to Motivate

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Benjamin Zander is known for being many things: a late-blooming conductor, a motivational speaker, an educator and Mahler specialist. What he’s not known for is shyness before a microphone.

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Metro-North Derailment Victim Beloved Member of NYC Chorus

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A choral singer who was on her way to Manhattan for a performance of Handel’s Messiah was among the four victims in the Metro-North train derailment on Sunday.

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Broadway Gobbles up Thanksgiving Records

Monday, December 02, 2013

Thanksgiving was rough on turkeys but pretty good for Broadway theaters - several shows broke records over the holiday weekend, from new kid on the block "Kinky Boots" to the old ruler "The Lion King."

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Venezuela Plans Construction of 'Dudamel Hall'

Monday, December 02, 2013

Frank Gehry has been identified as the architect, though other details including a specific completion date have not been disclosed.

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Spain Court Acquits Pianist of 'Noise Pollution'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In a widely watched case, a Spanish court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbor.

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Classical Holiday Concerts for Every Taste in 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From medieval Christmas fare to tuba carolers and countless versions of Handel's Messiah, here are some concerts around New York to help you get in the holiday spirit.

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Conductor Throws Cough Drops at Hacking Audience

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"The conductor went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats," according to one eyewitness account.

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St. Lawrence Quartet Hires Second Violinist with Jazz Chops

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The St. Lawrence Quartet announced last week that Mark Fewer will replace Scott St. John as the ensemble’s second violinist.

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Obama Taps Longtime Boston Symphony Staffer for Arts Committee

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

President Barack Obama will appoint Caroline Taylor, a trustee and former staffer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, to the Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

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A Caroling They Go: Some Radio Stations Can't Wait for Christmas

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

More than 150 FM music stations have ditched regular programing this month in favor of an all-Christmas-music format, according to StationIntel.com, a trade publication.

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Eccentric Instrument Brought to Life in Poland

Monday, November 18, 2013

Leonardo Da Vinci excelled at almost everything he turned his hand to, although his mind was often so busy with new projects, he had trouble finishing what he'd started.

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Timeline: JFK's Legacy to Classical Music

Monday, November 18, 2013

President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy brought a particular zeal to hosting musicians at the White House. After JFK's death, many musicians wrote tribute pieces in his memory.

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World's Oldest Piano Maker Pleyel To Close

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The company was founded in 1807 and supplied instruments to Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Grieg, Ravel and Stravinsky. It has struggled with high costs and increased competition.

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John Tavener, Composer Associated with Beatles and Princess Diana, Dies at 69

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Tavener, an English composer known for his intensely spiritual works, died on Tuesday at his home in Dorset, England.

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Video: Conductor Starts Concerto Without Soloist

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Veteran's Day concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic faced an awkward moment on Monday, when the orchestra began a newly commissioned piano concerto without the soloist in place on stage.

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Mozart Manuscript, 'Star Wars' Snippet Put Up for Auction

Monday, November 11, 2013

A two-page manuscript from an early Mozart serenade is to be sold at an auction in New York. But will "Star Wars" fans snag the real treasure of the day?

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