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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?"

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Classical Musicians Change Names, Forcing Fans to Adapt

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Before he was "Lenny," Leonard Bernstein was originally Louis Bernstein. The violinist Midori was formerly Midori Gotō. And Nigel Kennedy attempted to go by his given name alone for a period.

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Pianist Van Cliburn Diagnosed with Cancer

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Renowned classical pianist Van Cliburn has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer and is resting comfortably at his Texas home, his publicist said Monday.

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Watch: Pianist Plays Handel on a Bike, Wins Amsterdam Prize

Monday, August 27, 2012

Last year, the Dutch pianist Daria van den Bercken took to the streets of Amsterdam, performing the music of Handel on a kind of rolling piano. See how it went down.

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Labor Tensions Hit High Note at Atlanta Symphony

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Atlanta Symphony remains scheduled to make what has become an annual fall visit to Carnegie Hall but financial and labor troubles now plague the 67-year-old orchestra.

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Bring Back Liner Notes, Says Recording Academy

Saturday, August 25, 2012

As liner notes get scarce in the digital age, the Recording Academy wants fans to still be able to find out who the people are behind their favorite hit.

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In Dubrovnik, Croatia, a Music Festival with an Ancient Setting

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Once war-ravaged, this walled city on the Adriatic has undergone a heralded Renaissance in recent years. But less known is the fact that it hosts a 63-year-old summer festival. 

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Colony Records, Broadway Music Landmark, to Close

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Colony Records, the famed sheet music and memorabilia store on Broadway at 49th Street in Manhattan, will close its doors after 64 years. It is falling victim to a transfigured, digital world.

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Where's the Love for Debussy?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth on Wednesday is proving a bit more contentious than your average composer anniversary.

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Donal Henahan, Thought-Provoking Times Critic, Dies at 91

Monday, August 20, 2012

Donal Henahan, the music critic known for his spirited and thoughtful commentaries in nearly 25 years of writing for the New York Times, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 91. 

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Marvin Hamlisch Loved Music And People Loved Him

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WQXR Host Naomi Lewin shares her impressions from Marvin Hamlisch's funeral.

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Clinton, Minnelli Among Stars at Hamlisch Funeral

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Friends and admirers of Marvin Hamlisch including Bill Clinton and Ann-Margret gathered Tuesday in New York City to bid farewell to the celebrated songwriter hailed as "the people's composer."

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The Musical Life of Helen Gurley Brown

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

In 1983, Helen Gurley Brown was a guest on WQXR’s radio program This Is My Music hosted by Lloyd Moss. Listen to this rare archived interview for her thoughts on music, sex and marriage.

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