Barcelona Opera House Latest Victim of Financial Crisis

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona's opera house, has become the latest victim of the economic crisis hitting Spain as it announced it will close for two months in a bid to cut costs.

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Watch: A Stradivarius Made from a 3D Printer

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

A company in Germany has created a violin using a laser printer that's designed to be ergonomically and acoustically comparable to a traditional. Watch it in action.

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Camilla Williams, Black Opera Pioneer, Dies at 92

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Camilla Williams, believed to be the first African-American woman to appear with a major U.S. opera company, has died. She was 92.

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Poll: Your Favorite Minimalist Composer

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Philip Glass's 75th birthday is being marked by premieres, album releases and tribute concerts. The occasion prompts us to ask: Who is your favorite minimalist?

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New Recordings Spotlight Classical Soul of Latin America

Monday, January 30, 2012

To keep your musical spirits up, here are five recent albums of Latin American classical works that are sure to transport you to a warmer, sunnier place.

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Philharmonic, Union Agree on Deal to Raise Pay by Two Percent

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Philharmonic and the union representing its 106 musicians agreed Sunday to a new two-year contract that will preserve its health insurance and pension plan.

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Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund Dies at 82

Friday, January 27, 2012

Paavo Berglund, one of Finland's most prominent conductors, has died at age 82.

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Rhythms of Latin America to Fill Carnegie Hall in 2012-13

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As part of its 2012-13 season, Carnegie will present a month-long festival of Latin music that will feature performances by Gustavo Dudamel, Gilberto Gil and others.

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Luca Pisaroni To Replace Thomas Quasthoff in Lincoln Center Recital

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The fallout from bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff's sudden retirement from the concert stage is beginning to be felt around the classical music business.

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Bow Backlash: Violin Shop Owner Sues Mysterious Critic

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chicago violin shop owner Chunyee Lu is suing an anonymous commenter who posted negative reviews of his shop on consumer sites like Yelp.com, Citysearch.com, and Kudzu.com.

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My Journey Through China: Chaos and Harmony

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"China was always just a myth to me, a patchwork of anecdotes, news reports, and a weird middle-name given to me at birth," writes our correspondent. "And now, it was about to become real."

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John Williams Leads Best Original Score Nominees

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

John Williams leads the Academy Award contenders for Best Original Score, with two nominations: for his work on "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse."

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Detroit Symphony to Grace Carnegie Hall Festival

Monday, January 23, 2012

How does the Detroit Symphony Orchestra get to Carnegie Hall? Like everyone else - practice, practice, practice. But the Motor City musicians also added a little imagination.

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Once Destined For a City Dump, Cello Sells for More than $6 Million

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Stradivarius cello with a remarkable pedigree sold last week for more than $6 million to an anonymous arts patron in Montreal.

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City Opera Musicians Vote to Approve Contract

Thursday, January 19, 2012

New York City Opera's orchestra has approved a three-year contract deal, days after announcing it had reached a tentative agreement with the company's management.

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Prokofiev and Shostakovich: Public Domain No More

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Supreme Court has upheld a law giving US copyright protection to millions of works by foreign artists that had been freely available.

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Costa Concordia Violinist Died While Returning for Instrument

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Hungarian violinist who played in a trio aboard the ill-fated Costa Concordia was the first victim of the crash to be identified Wednesday.

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City Opera Strikes Deal with Musicians; Rehearsals to Resume

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

After months of rancorous negotiations, New York City Opera and its unions have reached a tentative contract agreement, allowing the 2012 season to proceed.

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Historical Musical Treasures Languish in Storage Vault

Monday, January 16, 2012

A massive cache of musical treasures that’s grown to include a fragile harp-piano, the pioneering Moog synthesizer and a famous theremin languishes in a Michigan storage vault.

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Baroque Bonanza: Juilliard Gets $20 Million For Early Music

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Juilliard School has received a $20 million gift from Bruce Kovner, the hedge fund titan who co-founded Caxton Associates, the conservatory announced on Monday.

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