Elliott Carter, American Modernist Composer, Dies at 103

Monday, November 05, 2012

Elliott Carter, the American composer whose formidably complex music helped to define 20th-century modernism, died in Manhattan Monday at age 103.

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Listen: Pianist Improvises a Debate Between Obama and Romney

Monday, November 05, 2012

Gabriela Montero, a classical pianist known for her signature improvisations on themes suggested by audience members, dramatizes a debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Sandy Washes Classical Label Out of New Offices

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Superstorm Sandy has badly hobbled New Amsterdam – a nonprofit label home to a younger generation of composers and performers – destroying much of its CD inventory and equipment.

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Broadway Lights go up in Post-Sandy NYC

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The lights went up again on Broadway Wednesday for the first time since superstorm Sandy hit New York, as entertainers headed back to work in a city still wracked by power-outages and a suspended subway system.

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Floating Concert Hall Battered But Secure After Hurricane

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bargemusic, the floating concert hall moored near the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, appears to have sustained only minimal damage during the storm’s relentless pounding.

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How the Mariinsky Orchestra Beat Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is not the only thing barreling through the East Coast this week. The Mariinsky Orchestra has been on a breathless tour that's audacious even by the company's own go-for-broke standards.

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Hurricane Sandy Forces Closures for Museums, Theaters

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy has forced many cultural institutions in the tri-state region to close their doors Monday.

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Concert Cancellations Due to Hurricane Sandy

Sunday, October 28, 2012

While most concerts have resumed, Carnegie Hall remains shuttered. Here is an updated list of shows that have been cancelled or postponed.

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Detroit, San Francisco Symphonies Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

Saturday, October 27, 2012

While the Giants and Tigers battle it out on the ball field, the orchestras from their respective cities are engaged in their own (online) rivalry.

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German Composer Hans Werner Henze Dies at 86

Saturday, October 27, 2012

German composer Hans Werner Henze, whose prolific and wide-ranging work included a wealth of operas and 10 symphonies, died Saturday.

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American Ballet Theater to Return to Lincoln Center

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The American Ballet Theater said on Thursday that it has signed a three-year contract to perform at the David H. Koch Theater, ending the company's 15-year perch at New York City Center.

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Alan Gilbert Renews Contract with New York Philharmonic

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Conductor Alan Gilbert has extended his contract with the New York Philharmonic, through the 2016-2017 season. He discusses his plans with Jeff Spurgeon.

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Zubin Mehta's Boisterous, Lifelong Journey in Israel

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Zubin Mehta has experienced a lot with the Israel Philharmonic, where he holds the title of music director for life. He describes the collectively-run ensemble as like a boisterous, opinionated family.

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Orchestra Watch: Lockouts in Minnesota, Costumes in Cleveland

Monday, October 22, 2012

Stalled contract negotiations in Minnesota, a startling economic report and some lighthearted Halloween programming are among the developments in the orchestra world this week.

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Once Declared Dead, Delaware Symphony to Live Another Season

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Four months after the Delaware Symphony Orchestra announced that it was suspending its operations, the orchestra says it will resume concerts in January 2013.

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Video: German Orchestra Stages 'Star Wars' Flash Mob

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The WDR Symphony Orchestra staged a flash mob fit for sci-fi geeks at Wallraf Square in Cologne, Germany.

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Turkish Pianist Fazil Say on Trial for Insulting Islam

Friday, October 19, 2012

A top Turkish pianist and composer appeared in court on Thursday to defend himself against charges of offending Muslims and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter.

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Ten Newsweek Covers That Featured Classical Musicians

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Newsweek announced Thursday that it will end its print edition. The newsweekly introduced general audiences to classical superstars like Bernstein and Pavarotti.

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Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik Director, to Step Down After 33 Years

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Jeanne Lamon, music director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, says she will retire in 2014, ending a 33-year run at the helm of one of the more adventurous early-music groups on the world stage.

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Opera Patron Vilar Freed on Bail After Court Ruling

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

An opera-loving philanthropist convicted in New York of a multimillion-dollar fraud has been freed on bail to await the outcome of his appeal.

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