Classical Album Sales Down, Digital Tracks Up in 2012

Friday, January 04, 2013

Classical album sales dropped sharply, by 20.5 percent, in 2012, to 7.5 million copies. In 2011, 9.4 million were sold. It was the largest drop of any genre except for jazz.

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Say Goodbye to White Ties? Baltimore Symphony and Parsons Reimagine Orchestra Attire

Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Baltimore Symphony has begun a pilot project with Parsons The New School for Design, to study new models for concert attire. It has changed little since Brahms's era.

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Violinist Robert Mann, 92, to Lead Master Classes Online

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Robert Mann made his New York recital debut in 1941, just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Now age 92, he is leading a series of master classes this week streamed online.

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2012 Classical Countdown: Assessing the Winners & Losers

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

While Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" finale ushered in the New Year in rousing fashion, this Countdown also saw some surprises and notable shifts.

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The 10 Most-Read Classical Music Stories of 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

The year 2012 in classical music saw financial hardships, artist shuffles, disasters, scandals, openings and closings. Here's a brief look back at 2012 according to web traffic on WQXR’s Blogs.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians who Died in 2012 - Slideshow

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The year 2012 saw the passing of singers, composers, violinists, authors and critics, among others who contributed to classical music. Click on the arrows below to scroll through the slideshow.

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Five Things to Listen for in Bach's Christmas Oratorio

Friday, December 21, 2012

If Handel's Messiah is the quarterback of holiday music, Bach's Christmas Oratorio is the second-string walk-on. But on Sunday, WQXR gives Bach's underplayed work a starting spot in the lineup.

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When Shopping for Tires Meant Buying a Christmas Album

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

During the 1960s and '70s, Goodyear and Firestone peddled Christmas albums in their stores, usually for a dollar each, while customers waited to get their tires changed or wheels aligned.

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Watch: Trinity Wall Street Choir Sings with the Rolling Stones

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Rolling Stones brought their 50th anniversary tour to a close on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and joining the band was the choir of Trinity Wall Street.

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Ravi Shankar, Sitar Master Who Spread Indian Music, Dies at 92

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar, the sitar player and composer who became India's most influential musician, died Tuesday evening in San Diego, CA. He was 92.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic Chief to Run New Jersey Symphony

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

While the Nets said goodbye to New Jersey for a new arena in Brooklyn this fall, a Brooklyn orchestra manager is planning to add a Garden State orchestra to his resume.

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Poll: What's Your Favorite Non-English Christmas Carol?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Half of New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home, according to recent data. This has an effect on the Christmas music played in churches, stores, cars on MP3 players.

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Charles Rosen, Pianist, Writer and Intellectual, Dies at 85

Monday, December 10, 2012

Charles Rosen – the polymath pianist, lecturer and author of numerous books on classical music and the humanities – died in Manhattan Sunday. Listen to an archival broadcast.

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Embattled Minnesota Orchestra Gets Grammy Nom, Posts Record Deficit

Friday, December 07, 2012

The locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra were nominated for a Grammy Award on Thursday, just hours before the orchestra posted an operating deficit of $6 million for fiscal 2012.

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Simón Bolívar Orchestra Lifts Youth in a Troubled Nation

Friday, December 07, 2012

When Venezuela's flagship orchestra comes to Carnegie Hall, many of its 200 musicians will have traveled from lives of desperate poverty, crime and violence.

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Cool to Classical: Dave Brubeck Wrote for Orchestras, Choruses

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dave Brubeck, who died Wednesday at age 91, wrote large-scale symphonic and choral works that expanded music's possibilities.

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Queens Native Named Music Director of Le Poisson Rouge House Orchestra

Monday, December 03, 2012

Le Poisson Rouge has named Tito Muñoz, a Queens-born conductor, as the music director of Ensemble LPR, a flexible new in-house orchestra.

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2012 WQXR Holiday Gift Guide

Monday, December 03, 2012

As the holidays approach, let us help you find that perfect present for the classical music fans on your list.

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The Most Awkward Christmas Album Covers...Ever

Monday, December 03, 2012

Christmas album art has its own unique tradition. There are the decorated trees, the fuzzy sweaters and the evocative winter scenes. And then there are the rest.

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Another Delay for Troubled Golijov Violin Concerto

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra said Thursday that it is pulling its scheduled premiere of Osvaldo Golijov's Violin Concerto in January after the composer announced that it would not be ready in time.

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