Watch: Conductors Seek Perfect Pitch on the Baseball Diamond

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last week, the Italian conductor Riccardo Muti threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Watch this slideshow of conductors' first pitches.

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YouTube Pianist Plays Her Way to Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you've ever trawled YouTube for Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Totentanz or Chopin’s 24 Etudes, chances are you've encountered a clip of Valentina Lisitsa.

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Dissonant Music Brings Out the Animal in You, UCLA Study Says

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What is it about the big, earth-shattering climaxes in Mahler symphonies or the violent finales of Beethoven string quartets that gets audiences’ hearts racing?

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On 169th Birthday, Grieg Becomes an Unlikely Icon

Friday, June 15, 2012

Composer Edvard Grieg, born 169 years ago Friday in Bergen, has inspired an oil field and a chain hotel. Tune in to WQXR today to hear several of his lesser-known works.

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Colorado Symphony May Have Hired New York Conductor

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It would appear that someone at the orchestra inadvertently let the information slip out about their next music director.

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Philly Pops Seeks to End Conductor's Contract

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Philly Pops wants to get rid of the artistic director who has been its leader for more than three decades, saying his contract is too expensive.

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Israel Wagner Concert is Cancelled -- Again

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Israel Wagner Society thought it had found a suitable venue for a Wagner this coming Saturday at the Tel Aviv Hilton, but hotel officials reportedly changed their mind.

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Grammys Add Changes to Classical, Jazz, Latin Fields

Friday, June 08, 2012

A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards.

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'Mozart Effect' Author Don Campbell Dies at 65

Friday, June 08, 2012

Don Campbell, the author and entrepreneur whose best-selling books The Mozart Effect and The Mozart Effect for Children provocatively argued for music's power to build mental health, died June 2.

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Maestro, the DJ is Ready for his Concerto

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A number of orchestras are betting on the idea that electronic sounds can coexist in an acoustic format, and theatrical young DJs can attract audiences otherwise put off by concert hall formality.

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Delaware Symphony to Suspend Next Season

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1929, has suspended operations for next season because of a lack of financial support.

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London Symphony is Told to Fake it at the Olympics

Monday, June 04, 2012

Musicians in the London Symphony Orchestra are reportedly going to join the ranks of Milli Vanilli and mime their performance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

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Turkish Pianist Fazil Say Charged with Insulting Islam

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Turkish court has formally charged an internationally known Turkish pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter.

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Israeli Orchestra to Break Wagner Boycott

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Israeli orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Tel Aviv.

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Russian Violinist Wins Queen Elisabeth Competition

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Russian violinist Andrey Baranov beat out 77 international participants to win the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Brussels. Watch his performance of the Shostakovich concerto.

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British Classical Radio Host Arrested in Zimbabwe

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Organizers of a classical music festival in Zimbabwe say authorities arrested a prominent British music personality at a concert in the second city of Bulawayo.

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Kaufmann Clarifies Lip Synching Incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jonas Kaufmann says he lip synched his performance of the Champions League theme before last weekend's final in Munich. 

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Glenn Dicterow Announces Exit from New York Philharmonic

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Glenn Dicterow, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for the past 32 years, announced Thursday that he will step down from the post at the end of the 2013-14 season.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Files Reorganization Plan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thirteen months after it became the first major American orchestra to file for bankruptcy, the Philadelphia Orchestra said Wednesday it has filed a reorganization plan.

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