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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Patrice Chéreau, Iconoclastic Opera Director, Dies at 68

Monday, October 07, 2013

Patrice Chéreau, the opera director and filmmaker whose 1976 staging of Wagner's Ring Cycle became arguably the most important opera production of modern times, has died.

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57th St. Reopens, Hours After Crane Malfunctioned Near Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 07, 2013

A malfunctioning crane that dangled a 13,000-pound load of construction material near Carnegie Hall has been lowered without incident and the street has reopened.

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Violinist Gidon Kremer to Stage Concert for Human Rights in Russia

Sunday, October 06, 2013

The Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer will headline a concert on Monday intended to draw attention to human rights issues in Russia, the latest salvo in a busy autumn for classical musicians with an activist bent.

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Carnegie Hall, Stagehands Approve Labor Deal, Ending 2-Day Strike

Friday, October 04, 2013

The stagehands of Carnegie Hall voted to accept a four-year labor agreement, ending an acrimonious two-day strike that began on Wednesday morning and led to the cancellation of the hall's opening-night gala.

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Carnegie Hall: Shows Will Go On as Union Talks Continue

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Carnegie Hall is moving forward with its concert Thursday night, after canceling Wednesday's opening night gala due to a stagehand strike.

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Carnegie Hall Cancels Opening-Night Gala Due to Stagehand Strike

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

A strike by Carnegie Hall’s stagehands has forced the cancellation of the hall’s opening night gala with the Philadelphia Orchestra, scheduled for Wednesday.
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Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Osmo Vänskä Resigns

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vänskä resigned Tuesday amid a labor impasse that has dragged on for more than a year as management pushed for deep cuts to musicians' salaries.

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