Watch: Gustavo Dudamel and Elmo on Sesame Street

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

The famously floppy-haired maestro of Los Angeles-via-Venezuela made his debut on Sesame Street this week. See this and videos of other classical guests on the show.

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Too Busy to Read Charles Dickens? Then Try the Music

Monday, February 06, 2012

Tuesday marked the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Find out about the musical connections to the famed writer.

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With Bach's 'Goldbergs,' Can Two Pianos Be Better Than One?

Monday, February 06, 2012

Almost two decades ago, composer and Cambridge professor Robin Holloway set about to recompose Bach’s Goldberg Variations. If a healthy dose of skepticism is in order, rightly so.

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Recordings of Brahms Piano Performance, Otto von Bismarck Discovered

Sunday, February 05, 2012

For the first time, 21st-century audiences are able to hear the voice of Otto von Bismarck, one of the 19th century's most important figures.

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Classical Music in 2012 Super Bowl Ads

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Bach, Beethoven, Rossini, Verdi and Philip Glass were among the composers to appear in the commercial lineup during Super Bowl XLVI. Watch all of the ads here and tell us your favorite.

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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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Remembering Erich Leinsdorf's Impromptu Requiem for JFK

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The radio microphones were present at a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert at an extraordinary moment in American history.

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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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