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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Paganini Biopic Draws Cool Response in Germany (Video)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"The Devil's Violinist," a new biopic starring the violinist David Garrett as Niccolò Paganini, has drawn some devilish reviews since its opening a week ago. Watch the trailer and tell us what you think.

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Here's Why They Called Her the 'Duchess of Carnegie Hall'

Friday, November 08, 2013

Editta Sherman, a photographer dubbed the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall," died last week at age 101. Here's a gallery of her portraits of classical musicians.

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Valery Gergiev Responds to Gay Rights Protests

Thursday, November 07, 2013

After remaining largely silent to protests, the Russian conductor Valery Gergiev issued a statement on Wednesday seeking to clarify his views on his country's controversial anti-gay laws.

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New York Philharmonic Trumpeter Philip Smith to Retire

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Philip Smith, who has led the New York Philharmonic's trumpet section for 35 years, announced on Tuesday that he will retire in June 2014.

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Musical America Names its Artists of the Year

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Audra McDonald has been named musician of the year by Musical America, the industry publication. Pablo Heras-Casado and the International Contemporary Ensemble are among the other recipients.

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Conductor, Horn Player Seek to Modernize Orchestras with Google Glass

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Since June, Cynthia Turner, a conductor and music professor at Cornell, has been sporting the $1500 glasses as both a teaching tool and increasingly, as an enhancement to the concert experience.

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Gallery: Ten Classical Musicians We'd Invite to a Halloween Party

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some classical musicians have a special knack for getting in the spirit of creepy characters and spooky alter-egos. On this Halloween, here are ten standouts.

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Gardiner: J.S. Bach Was a Hooligan in his Youth

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.

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Chamber Music Society to Summer in Saratoga

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nothing caps a day of betting on the ponies like a night of chamber music. That's what the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is gambling as it establishes a new summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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Pianist Lang Lang Chosen as UN Messenger of Peace

Monday, October 28, 2013

China's superstar pianist Lang Lang became a United Nations Messenger of Peace on Monday, the highest honor bestowed by a U.N. chief on accomplished individuals in any field.

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What Lou Reed Gave Classical Music

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The rock 'n' roll iconoclast was more than punk's most important ancestor. But his career with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist inspired many classical musicians who yearned to walk on the wild side.

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