Minnesota Orchestra Labor Dispute is Over

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The longest labor dispute in the history of American orchestras ended on Tuesday when the Minnesota Orchestra signed a collective bargaining agreement with its unionized musicians.

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Poll: Your Orchestra & Conductor 'Dream Team'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Last week, the classical events finder website Bachtrack published a ranking of the busiest classical musicians in 2013, including orchestras and conductors.

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3 Classical Music References in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Much has been made of the period-appropriate folk music that runs through "Inside Llewyn Davis." But moviegoers may also spot some pointed references to classical music in the script and the soundtrack.

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William Schuman's GWB Tribute Finds New Resonance

Friday, January 10, 2014

Perhaps some classical music can soothe a political scandal. William Schuman's George Washington Bridge has been a favorite of concert band directors since its premiere in 1950.

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Sphinx Organization Gets $4 Million Gift to Diversify Classical Music

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit that works to boost African-American participation in classical music, has received $4 million from an anonymous donor.

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Bolshoi Theater to Headline 2014 Lincoln Center Festival

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday that the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus will make its New York debut this July, giving two performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride.

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Pianist Rafał Blechacz Wins $300,000 Gilmore Award

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Rafał Blechacz has won the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award, a piano competition so secretive that the contestants aren't even aware that they are in the running.

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Lang Lang Gets a Grammy Duet Partner: Metallica

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Headbanging meets flying hands: The Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the heavy metal band Metallica will perform together at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26.

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J&R, New York's Last Classical Record Store, Faces Uncertain Future

Monday, January 06, 2014

J&R Computer World has closed its classical music store and laid off much of its staff. Some say there are no plans to reopen.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Gets $20 Million

Monday, January 06, 2014

Jazz at Lincoln Center announced on Monday that it has received a $20 million gift to support the organization’s performance, education and broadcast events.

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Musician Says Customs Agents at JFK Destroyed 13 Flutes

Thursday, January 02, 2014

A Canadian musician says customs agents at John F. Kennedy airport destroyed 13 of his handmade flutes, sparking outrage on the Internet this week.

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Critics Choose Their Top Classical Recordings of 2013

Monday, December 30, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, here is a look at several current top 10 (or 15) lists of the best classical albums of the year.

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Mentally Ill and Their Backers Fill Vermont Orchestra

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Me2/orchestra, billed as "the world's only classical music organization for individuals with mental illness and the people who support them," works to raise awareness of mental disorders.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The year 2013 saw the passing of conductors and composers, directors and singers, among others who contributed to classical music. Scroll through the slideshow, and click on the individual photos for a full obituary.

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Top Essays on Classical Music of 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Before the New Year rings in, here are our top 6—there is one tie—plus a few extra honorable mentions of our favorite written features about classical music from 2013.

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Vienna Philharmonic Strips Ex-Nazis of Honors

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has quietly stripped six former senior Nazi officials of honors awarded them - a late act of contrition for its embrace of the Hitler era.

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Nuns Competed with ‘Fifty Shades’ For Top-Selling Classical Album of 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Billboard reports that the top-selling classical artists of 2013 were the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order from rural Missouri. Their biggest rivals? "Fifty Shades of Grey."

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My Favorite Christmas Carol (This Year)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It usually happens around Thanksgiving. Some Christmas tune starts running around in my head and just doesn’t let go. Host Jeff Spurgeon tells us why Britten is on his mind.

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Once-Stolen Stradivarius Sells for $2.3 million

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pounds ($2.3 million) at auction.

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'A Christmas Story': Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and a BB Gun

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

While it hasn't been given much consideration, the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" has a classical music soundtrack. A film insider explains.

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