Sydney Opera House Lands Deal with Airline Sponsor

Monday, January 21, 2013

A three-year, multimillion-dollar deal between the Sydney Opera House and Etihad Airways has raised concerns that the World Heritage-listed arts complex will be renamed.

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Obama Inaugural Luncheon to Feature Eastman String Quartet

Friday, January 18, 2013

Along with New York politicos and influence peddlers, a string quartet from Rochester is heading to the nation's capital for President Barack Obama's second inauguration on Monday.

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Bolshoi's Artistic Director Attacked with Acid in Moscow

Friday, January 18, 2013

Russian police say Sergei Filin, the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre, is being treated in a Moscow hospital for severe burns after a masked man threw acid in his face.

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Young Afghan Musicians to Tour US

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Afghan Youth Orchestra is to begin a 12-day U.S. tour that includes concerts at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

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Itzhak Perlman to Take Center Court at Barclays Center

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The violinist Itzhak Perlman will give a concert with Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, the cantor from the Park East Synagogue in the Barclay's Center next month.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Gets a Reboot Under New Maestro

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Philadelphia Orchestra has a new conductor this season: the 37-year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Composer Mychael Danna Wins Golden Globe for 'Life of Pi'

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Canadian composer Mychael Danna won the Golden Globe award for best original score Sunday for his work on the fantasy-adventure film "Life of Pi."

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New Jersey Symphony CEO Quits Amid Questions into Past

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Richard Dare has quit his new post at the New Jersey Symphony after questions about his personal and professional past emerged in a lengthy New York Times investigation.

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One Man's Trash is Another Man's…$35,000 Violin

Friday, January 11, 2013

A man who found a violin among some trash by the side of the road in San Antonio, TX, has learned that the instrument is a 1922 Giuseppe Pedrazzini violin.

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Simon Rattle to Leave Berlin Philharmonic in 2018

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Simon Rattle will leave his post as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic when his contract ends in 2018, he said Thursday.

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Best Original Score Nominations Include Presidential Biopic and Fantasy Adventure

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning with John Williams once again up for a Best Score statuette.

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Classical Label Climbs Back After Sandy Submerges Office

Monday, January 07, 2013

Eight weeks after Sandy, the offices of New Amsterdam Records, an independent record label in Red Hook, Brooklyn, remain battered.

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New York Philharmonic Musician Mesmerizes Internet with 'Trombone Silliness'

Monday, January 07, 2013

David Finlayson, the second trombonist in the New York Philharmonic, gives us an instrument's-eye view by attaching a GoPro camera to his trombone slide.

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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 today, Bach's underplayed work gets a starting spot in the lineup.
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