Wagner Explainer: Can We Separate the Man from His Music?

Monday, July 22, 2013

We've asked several Wagner scholars, conductors and critics about how they deal with issues around Wagner's troublesome character traits: his anti-Semitism, misogyny and narcissism.

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House GOP Vows to Slash Arts Funding

Monday, July 22, 2013

House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration.

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Richard Wagner, Comedy Icon?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Not often do we associate the 19th-century composer with comedy. There are, however, a surprising number of references to Wagner and his compositions in popular culture today.

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Can an iPad App Make You Love Liszt?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A new app designed for iPads gives users a chance to better understand Liszt's Sonata in B minor. It shows the English pianist Stephen Hough giving a complete performance.

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Carnegie Hall's New National Youth Orchestra Prepares for Debut

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The National Youth Orchestra of the United States, a new project of Carnegie Hall, is bringing together 120 students from 42 states. It debuts this week.

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Video: Obama Presents National Medal of the Arts to Renée Fleming, Tony Kushner

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including Renée Fleming during a White House ceremony on Wednesday.

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Kickstarter vs. The NEA: Which Provides More Arts Funding?

Sunday, July 07, 2013

A talk last week at the Aspen Institute reignited a debate that has been circulating in the arts world over the past year: does the website Kickstarter raise more money for the arts than the federal government?

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Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Cheers on Andy Murray at Wimbledon Final

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Sunday's Wimbledon final attracted a host of high-profile faces, including at least one from the world of classical music: bespectacled pianist Mitsuko Uchida was seen cheering in the royal box.

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Having Trouble Breathing? Try Singing

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Doctors at London's Royal Brompton Hospital started a program to help people with lung disease after reasoning that the kind of breathing used by singers might also help lung patients.

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Cairo Opera House Suspends Activities in Face of Military Coup

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

As Egypt’s military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the nation’s first freely elected president, the country's largest performing arts institution took steps to avoid being swept into chaos.

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Explainer: What the Steinway Sale Means for Classical Music Fans

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The sale of Steinway to private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. has raised questions from pianists and admirers of the New York brand. Here are some of the most common ones.

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Steinway Pianos Sold to Private Equity Firm for $438 million

Monday, July 01, 2013

The famed piano maker Steinway is being acquired by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. for about $438 million.

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Croatia Plays Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' to Celebrate EU Entry

Monday, July 01, 2013

Some 20,000 people and more than 100 European delegates gathered in Zagreb's main square Sunday night to mark Croatia's official entry into the European Union.

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Metropolitan Opera Hires Second Principal Clarinetist

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last week, the Metropolitan Opera named Boris Allakhverdyan as its new principal clarinetist, capping what had been an extended musical chess match involving several top orchestras.

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Steinway Finalizes Sale of West 57th Street Showroom

Friday, June 28, 2013

Steinway Musical Instruments announced on Friday that it has finalized the sale of Steinway Hall, its flagship showroom at 109 West 57th Street.

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Poll: What's the Greatest Gay Collaboration in Classical Music?

Friday, June 28, 2013

As pride weekend kicks off in New York, take our poll and tell us what you think: What have been the most productive gay collaborations in classical music?

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Video: Czech Orchestra Brings Romance to Shopping Mall

Thursday, June 27, 2013

We know what you're thinking. Orchestra flash mobs are a bit stale. They've become vehicles for not-so-subtle corporate promotions and staged reaction shots. Hold that jaded response.

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New Jersey Symphony Promotes Oboist to CEO

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

After an ill-fated gamble on an outsider, the New Jersey Symphony has turned to a familiar face for its next leader. The orchestra on Wednesday named its oboist, James Roe, as its president and CEO.

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Was Stravinsky Bisexual? If He Was, So What?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

For Igor Stravinsky, questions of gay relationships have been periodically rumored but scarcely documented. A new book by biographer Robert Craft may start to change that.

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Precious Chinese Instrument Damaged in Airline Mishap

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A precious Chinese instrument worth $50,000 and belonging to the noted musician Wu Man was damaged on a US Airways flight on Friday. She blames a flight attendant for dropping it.

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