Early-Music Field Embraces ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Spinoffs

Monday, September 24, 2012

The appearance last week of “Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album” at the top of the Billboard charts has found a notably enthusiastic audience: performers and scholars of early music.

Read More

Comments [3]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians on Strike

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike Saturday, just ten days before a scheduled three-night run at Carnegie Hall, which includes the hall's opening night gala.

Read More

Comments [1]

EU OK's Universal's Purchase of British Label EMI

Friday, September 21, 2012

Universal Music Group can buy the famed British music company EMI but must sell off the company's classical music divisions, say regulators.

Read More

Comment

With New Theater, BAM Becomes Three-Ring Music Campus

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Brooklyn Academy of Music opened a new theater on its campus earlier this month. Musicians hope that it will provide a platform for cross-disciplinary musical work.

Read More

Comments [1]

Poll: Was Glenn Gould a Visionary or an Eccentric?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Next Tuesday, the late pianist will be the subject of our show Conducting Business. In the meantime, we'd like to hear from you: What do you think is Gould's true legacy? Take our poll.

Read More

Comments [9]

Embattled Charles Ives House to Be Sold, Says Society

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Preservationists' attempts to purchase the former home of Charles Ives and turn it into an artists' retreat appear to have reached a sudden coda.

Read More

Comments [6]

Baltimore Symphony Joins Parsons School for Concert Attire Makeover

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Parsons The New School for Design to re-imagine traditional concert dress for musicians.

Read More

Comments [12]

On Clara Schumann's Birthday, Debating the Status of Female Composers

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Has Clara Schumann's work achieved its rightful place in the canon? How about Fanny Mendelssohn, Amy Beach or Lili Boulanger? Take our poll and leave your comments.

Read More

Comments [11]

Minnesota Woman Loses Music Downloading Appeal

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Minnesota woman accused of sharing songs online owes record companies $222,000 for willful copyright violations, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

Read More

Comment

'A Late Quartet,' Film About NYC String Quartet, Premieres in Toronto

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir, got its premiere on Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer here.

Read More

Comments [2]

Fall Preview 2012: Twelve Classical Concerts to Hear This Season

Monday, September 10, 2012

Presidential elections will inevitably steal the national spotlight this autumn. But there's plenty of on-stage drama to be found in New York's concert halls this season too.

Read More

Comments [1]

Poll: What Would Help Troubled American Orchestras?

Monday, September 10, 2012

In advance of a WQXR discussion on several troubled American orchestras we'd like to get your input on the topic. Take our polls.

Read More

Comments [30]

How to Make a Modern Violin Sound Like a Strad: Just add Fungus

Saturday, September 08, 2012

More than a deadly menace to trees, two species of fungi may also help unlock the secrets of the great 18th-century Italian violins.

Read More

Comments [2]

Atlanta Symphony Locks Out Musicians Amid Labor Dispute

Thursday, September 06, 2012

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's upcoming season could be in jeopardy amid an ongoing labor conflict between the organization and its musicians.

Read More

Comment

When Classical Stars Rally Political Conventions

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Convention organizers usually scour the pop and country charts when seeking performers who will burnish their image. But every so often, classical musicians have gotten the gig.

Read More

Comments [2]

Study: Diners Eat Less When Restaurant Has Soft Music, Lighting

Monday, September 03, 2012

Soft lighting and mellow music in fast food restaurants can lead to increased satisfaction and lower calorie intake, say the authors of a new study.

Read More

Comments [5]

Civil War Events Feature Minstrel Song Revival

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Visitors to some Civil War anniversary events are hearing another long-silenced sound amid the cannon fire.

Read More

Comments [1]

Charles Ives Fans Seek to Buy His Endangered House

Sunday, September 02, 2012

A coalition of Charles Ives supporters is making plans to purchase the composer's longtime home in West Redding, CT and preserve it as a retreat for composers, musicians and scholars.

Read More

Comments [5]

Musicians Protest New Parking Rules Near Theater District

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Broadway musicians are protesting new parking rules they say make it more difficult to find spaces on Ninth Avenue, near the theater district.

Read More

Comment

Poll: Who's Got the Best Nickname in Classical Music?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Several recent name-changing artists got us to wonder: which artist has the best nickname? Is it "Manny," "Pinky," "MTT?"

Read More

Comments [13]