Enthusiastic Scientist Roughed Up, Ejected By Patrons During Handel Performance

Monday, June 23, 2014

A noted American scientist claims that he was beaten up by a pair of "audience vigilantes" for expressing too much enthusiasm during a performance last year of Handel's Messiah.

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Valery Gergiev is Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Friday, June 20, 2014

Valery Gergiev tops a new ranking of Russia's highest-paid directors of theaters, museums and circuses, published by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

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Met Museum's Temple of Dendur Stars in New Staged Work

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Temple of Dendur is one of the most popular sites at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a magnet for sketch artists and tourists snapping selfies. Now, it's inspiring a musical theater piece.

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Video: 1980s Dot-Matrix Printer Plays Bach

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Draft or letter quality? This old dot-matrix printer churns out more than carefully aligned pages of text. It plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, a piece originally written for the pipe organ.

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Lorin Maazel, Citing Health, Resigns From Munich Philharmonic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Following months of public speculation, Lorin Maazel has spoken out in part about his recent health problems and spate of cancellations.

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies at 80

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Spanish conductor whose repertoire consisted of nearly 300 works, died on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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From Obscure to Iconic: Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and '2001'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Richard Strauss's place in popular culture comes down to one rumbling giant of a fanfare: the 22-bar opening of his Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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Video: Seattle Symphony Gets Wild with Sir Mix-a-Lot

Monday, June 09, 2014

One month ago, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was heard on WQXR performing a Pulitzer Prize winning piece at Carnegie Hall. On Friday night, this happened.

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Richard Strauss's 10 Golden Rules for Young Conductors

Monday, June 09, 2014

Rule No. 2: "You should not perspire when conducting. Only the audience should get warm." No. 4: "Never look encouragingly at the brass."

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Ailing, Retires from Conducting

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"With deep sorrow I am not able to conduct at my standards and the moment to quit professional matters has come," the Spanish conductor said.

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How Beethoven Rallied Students During the Tiananmen Square Uprising

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony could offer a musical analog to the image of the lone protester confronting the tank in the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising in China.

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JFK Airport Customs Officials Seize Budapest Orchestra's Violin Bows

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Budapest Festival Orchestra says that U.S. Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows from the orchestra's string section on Saturday. Here's why.

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What Pieces Should Be Played on the East River Piano?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

If the piano that washed up beneath the Brooklyn Bridge could be salvaged, and left in its current location, what sort of pieces would you want to hear?

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10 Musical Gems from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Massive Image Archive

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been digitizing its vast archives, and this month released for download the first installment on its website.

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New York Philharmonic Assistant to Jacksonville Symphony

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Courtney Lewis, once described Lewis as "charming, handsome and so properly British," has been named music director of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida.

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Video: Barred from Flight, Violinists Play Bach on Tarmac

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two classical violinists said they were barred from boarding a US Airways flight on Monday because they refused to stow their violins in the hold at the request of gate staff. So they did what seemed only logical.

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Just Call it 'Eau de Lang Lang'

Monday, May 26, 2014

Want to smell like Lang Lang? Try jasmine, kyara wood, pink and black pepper, kumquat, bergamotte, gardenia, lavender, cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli and musk.

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Philadelphia Orchestra to Video Stream Concert From China

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra, looking to add some sizzle to third annual tour of China, will video stream its concert on Sunday from Shanghai.

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Mozart Manuscript Auctions for $1 Million

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It appears that a remarkable backstory may have helped to drive up the auction price of a five-page Mozart manuscript.

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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer festival season is finally upon us. Consult our lawn-by-lawn guide to the tristate region's top offerings.

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