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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175 Keyboardists Come out to Play on a West Village Block

Friday, June 21, 2013

Pachelbel's Canon in D has been heard at millions of weddings and countless dinner parties but, until this week, probably never on a 175 electronic keyboards.

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Why Applause is Contagious

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The quality of a performance doesn't correlate with the amount of applause it receives, according to a Swedish study. Instead, the process of clapping appears to be contagious.

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Buzz-Worthy Classical Music, Timed to the Cicada Beat

Thursday, June 20, 2013

This Sunday at 11 am, WQXR presents an hour of enchanting works of the past that evoke insects, flies and other creepy-crawlies.

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New York Philharmonic to Beam Stravinsky Production to Movie Theaters

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The New York Philharmonic said Wednesday that it will package its season-ending production, “A Dancer’s Dream,” featuring two Stravinsky ballets, for international cinema distribution.

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Video: Mozart's Violin Makes its US Debut

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Last week, Mozart’s prized violin and viola made it to the U.S. for the first time. The instrument, owned by the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation, made its radio debut at WQXR.

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Watch: 88 Sing for Hope Pianos Congregate at Lincoln Center

Monday, June 17, 2013

Over the past two weeks, 88 pianos were spread throughout the five boroughs as part of the "Sing For Hope" public art installation. The instruments came together for a grand finale at Lincoln Center on Sunday.

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Video: Greek Orchestra, in Tears, Plays its Last Concert

Sunday, June 16, 2013

When the Greek government last week closed the country’s public broadcasting network, ERT, among the casualties was the Greek National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
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Ukrainian Pianist and Cliburn Winner Credits Mom

Monday, June 10, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Playing the piano at age 5 certainly wasn't Vadym Kholodenko's idea, but after his mother took him to a music school, he quickly grew to love it while growing up in Kiev, Ukraine.

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Video: Philadelphia Orchestra Surprises Plane Passengers in China

Friday, June 07, 2013

The orchestra musicians used some time on a tarmac to give passengers an impromptu performance of Dvorak's "American" String Quartet No. 12.

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Bank Set to Foreclose on Nashville Symphony's Concert Hall

Friday, June 07, 2013

Foreclosure proceedings have started against the financially troubled Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which owes more than $80 million in debt related to the construction of its home.

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Pianist Krystian Zimerman Halts Concert Over Smartphone: Is it Time for New Rules?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

A growing number of orchestras and concert halls are allowing patrons to take photos and use their smart phones in the concert hall. Some musicians, it seems, really don’t like it.

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Lang Lang Foundation Gala Raises $1.2 Million

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Co-founded by the extrovert pianist, the charitable venture aims to raise awareness for educational programs in schools and award young classical musicians with scholarships.

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James Judd Named Music Director of Little Orchestra Society

Monday, June 03, 2013

The English conductor succeeds the late Dino Anagnost, and will be tasked with rebuilding the chamber orchestra's concert series.

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Istanbul Music Festival Cancels Opening Ceremonies Due to Protests

Monday, June 03, 2013

Three days of clashes between protesters and riot police in Istanbul have prompted the Istanbul Music Festival to call off its opening night gala concert, scheduled for Tuesday.

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Paris Turns to Classical Music to Chase Away Loiterers

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Later this month, Paris will become the latest in a string of international cities to pipe classical music into its train stations in an effort to chase off vagrants.

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Katherine Jenkins Denies Being Dropped by Record Label

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Welsh crossover singer Katherine Jenkins, who in 2008 signed what is believed to be the biggest classical recording deal in history, has parted ways with her label, Warner Brothers.

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Oregon Symphony Players Forgo Pay to Close Deficit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

After having cancelled Carnegie Hall, the musicians of the cash-strapped orchestra have agreed to forgo their end-of-season salary payment.

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New York Philharmonic to Spotlight Avant-Garde in 2014 Biennial

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For audiences accustomed to the lighter, friendlier style of contemporary music that is customary among American orchestras, this festival may provide a bracing jolt.

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