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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Lincoln Center Expands Bargain Ticket Booth

Friday, October 25, 2013

Uptown performing arts organizations are getting their own version of the TKTS Booth.

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Pianist Christian Zacharias Halts Concert to Berate Cellphone User

Friday, October 25, 2013

The pianist Christian Zacharias halted a performance Wednesday night with the Gothenburg Symphony after an audience member's phone began to ring. See what happens next.

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Video: Violinist Amadeus Leopold Does Extreme Paganini

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amadeus Leopold, the violinist/performance artist formerly known as Hahn-Bin, has released a video featuring his own flamboyant take on Paganini's Caprice No. 24.

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Video: Boston Symphony vs. St. Louis Symphony in a World Series Faceoff

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The brass sections of the Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras are sounding off for their respective hometown teams in the World Series.

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Here are the Most Expensive Violins of All Time

Monday, October 21, 2013

The high auction price of the "Titanic Violin" mirrors the price rises in the rare string instrument trade over the past decade. Here are the top ten.

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Titanic Violin Sells for Over $1.6M at Auction

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than $1.6 million Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

Friday, October 18, 2013

The 60-year-old Philharmonic faces an uncertain future: the website has been offline for months and its music director is no longer with the orchestra. Can Brooklyn be a home to classical music?

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'Titanic Violin' Expected to Fetch $300,000 at Auction

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The violin believed to have been played by the bandleader as the Titanic sank is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000 when it goes up for auction this weekend in Wiltshire, England.

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Video: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock Recreate 'Chopsticks' Scene from 'Big'

Monday, October 14, 2013

Twenty-five years after Tom Hanks played "Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks" on that giant toy piano in the movie "Big," he delivered an encore on Monday night.

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Gary Graffman Talks Woody Allen, Conductors and Vodka

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gary Graffman jokes that the most-famous, best-selling album of his career barely acknowledges his participation on its cover.

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Gay Rights Protesters Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 11, 2013

A hundred years after Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring sparked a riot at its Paris premiere, another noisy outburst has greeted the iconic piece.

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Orchestras Must Recruit More Black and Latino Musicians, Says Sphinx President

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Aaron Dworkin of the Sphinx Organization offered a stinging critique of the orchestra field in a speech Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall, saying that symphonies aren't doing nearly enough to diversify their ranks.

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