Eminent Conductor Lorin Maazel Dies at 84

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Lorin Maazel, a former child prodigy who became one of the most powerful, brilliant and enigmatic conductors of the late 20th century, died on Sunday in Castleton, Virginia. He was 84.

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Violinist Vanessa Mae's Pre-Sochi Ski Results Rigged, Say Officials

Friday, July 11, 2014

Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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GOP Lawmakers Try to Ease New Curbs on Ivory Sales

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments and others.

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Seven Stunning Photos of Outdoor Concerts This Summer

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A portfolio of photographs offers a unique perspective on the classical music scene as it's played out in different corners of the world.

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Mahler's Love Life Comes into Focus in Discovered Letter

Monday, July 07, 2014

A recently discovered letter from Gustav Mahler’s close confidante and sometime lover Natalie Bauer-Lechner spills many new details on the composer’s complicated love life – and names names.

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Conductor Riccardo Chailly out of Summer Concerts with Broken Arm

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly has withdrawn from his performances over the next two months after breaking his right arm in a fall.

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Los Angeles Promises New Subway Won't Disturb Disney Hall Concerts

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles appears to be on course to stemming a problem that is a familiar irritant to many New York concertgoers: subway noise.

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Video: EU Parliament Members Turn Backs on Beethoven's Ninth in Protest

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

During the ceremonial opening of the European Parliament on Tuesday, lawmakers from Britain's Euroskeptic, anti-immigration party staged an unusual protest as an orchestra played.

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Brewery Launches Beer Series Inspired by Holst's The Planets

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The beer industry has previously offered such melodious brews as Rheingold, Amadeus Blanche and Falstaff Beer. Next month comes a series inspired by Gustav Holst's The Planets.

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One Last Curtain Call for New York Philharmonic Concertmaster

Monday, June 30, 2014

After 6,033 performances, 219 solo appearances and 34 years, Glenn Dicterow took his final bows with the orchestra on Saturday night.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Gay Composers

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Gay Pride Weekend brings a chance to reflect on the numerous musical contributions of gay and lesbian composers throughout history.

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Top Five Interpreters of Gertrude Stein

Friday, June 27, 2014

Opera Theater of St. Louis premiered Ricky Ian Gordon's opera about Gertrude Stein. Gordon is only the latest composer to find a muse in Stein’s words and world; here are five others.

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Rare Stradivarius Viola Fails to Find Buyer

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cue the inevitable viola jokes. The rare 1719 Stradivarius viola that was expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale failed to attract a buyer on Tuesday.

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Central Park's Bandshell Gets a (Modest) New Shine

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The long-neglected Naumburg Bandshell has undergone a cosmetic cleaning, and the structure's gold leaf inscription, below the edge of the stage, has been given a fresh gilding.

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Enthusiastic Scientist Roughed Up, Ejected By Patrons During Handel Performance

Monday, June 23, 2014

A noted American scientist claims that he was beaten up by a pair of "audience vigilantes" for expressing too much enthusiasm during a performance last year of Handel's Messiah.

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Valery Gergiev is Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Friday, June 20, 2014

Valery Gergiev tops a new ranking of Russia's highest-paid directors of theaters, museums and circuses, published by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

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Met Museum's Temple of Dendur Stars in New Staged Work

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Temple of Dendur is one of the most popular sites at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a magnet for sketch artists and tourists snapping selfies. Now, it's inspiring a musical theater piece.

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Video: 1980s Dot-Matrix Printer Plays Bach

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Draft or letter quality? This old dot-matrix printer churns out more than carefully aligned pages of text. It plays Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, a piece originally written for the pipe organ.

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Lorin Maazel, Citing Health, Resigns From Munich Philharmonic

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Following months of public speculation, Lorin Maazel has spoken out in part about his recent health problems and spate of cancellations.

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies at 80

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the Spanish conductor whose repertoire consisted of nearly 300 works, died on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain.

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