A Timely Oratorio Arrives on New Year's Eve

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Concert for Peace is known for its mixture of inspired music-making, muddy acoustics and a sometimes earnest solemnity. This New Year’s Eve promises to be different.

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Opera Director Claudio Del Monaco Stabbed

Friday, December 30, 2011

Claudio Del Monaco, the opera director and son of the late Italian opera tenor Mario Del Monaco, is in critical but stable condition after an incident of operatic proportions.

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Poll: The Biggest Classical Music Story of 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What do you think was the year's biggest story? What will continue to make waves in 2012? Take our poll and share your thoughts.

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How Classical Music Tuned in with Technology in 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In 2011, a growing number of arts organizations embraced digital technology a means of riding out the stresses facing the field.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

The year 2011 saw the deaths of major composers, singers, conductors and music presenters. We remember their contributions to classical music and the world with this slideshow.

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$172K Violin Left on Philly-bound Bus is Recovered

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A rare violin worth $172,000 that was mistakenly left on board a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus by a groggy music student from Taiwan has been found and returned to its grateful owner.

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McDonald's Pianist: I'm Loving It

Friday, December 23, 2011

Andrew Shapiro has played the piano at a Manhattan McDonald's for over seven years. Hints of Chopin-esque harmonies mingle with shouts of “May I help the next customer please?”

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Park Avenue Armory Names New Artistic Leader

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Park Avenue Armory has named Alex Poots, currently the director of England's Manchester International Festival, as its first artistic director.

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How Memories Linger Through Music and Food

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

WQXR's Kerry Nolan asks why holiday traditions -- the nostalgia a piece of music brings, the aroma of a roasting turkey -- propel us to another time and place.

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Pianist Finds the Keys to New Kindle Format

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A significant trend in publishing, the Kindle Single format was recently adopted by the pianist Jonathan Biss.

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A Maverick Organist Cuts Loose on a Christmas Standard

Monday, December 19, 2011

The flamboyant organist Cameron Carpenter offers us another example of his remarkable technical and musical skills in a new recording and video of “Sleigh Ride.”

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The Strange Musical World of Kim Jong Il

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il, who died Saturday at the age of 69, took an active role in North Korean culture, and had a truly curious relationship to classical music.

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Soprano Hurt in Fall During 'Faust' at Met Opera

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Mezzo-soprano Wendy White has been released from the hospital after falling about eight feet from a platform to the stage during a performance of Gounod's Faust.

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Music Critics Survey the Best of 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'Tis the season for year-end lists. Check out what critics from the New Yorker, the Washington Post and others say was the best music of 2011.

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Watch: String Quartet Plays for Opposition Protest in Moscow

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The New Russian Quartet, the resident string quartet at the Moscow Conservatory, lent its support to the protests against the allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections.

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The Visual Violinist

Monday, December 12, 2011

With his bedazzled makeup and hair in a curvy black Mohawk, the violinist Hahn-Bin is making strides into the world of fashion. But how is his Paganini?

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James Levine Cancels all Future Conducting Dates at the Met

Friday, December 09, 2011

Not only will he withdraw from the remainder of his performances this season, the conductor says that he won’t conduct at all in 2012-13.

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NY Prosecutor Says Composer Scammed for $20M

Thursday, December 08, 2011

A Chappaqua man was indicted last week in a scam targeting Roger Davidson, a pianist and composer from Katonah, NY. The scam stretched over six years.

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Karita Mattila Bares Soul on the Recital Stage

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Carnegie Hall recital heavy on French music this Saturday will offer a chance to catch the dramatic Finnish diva in a more intimate, stylized setting.

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City Opera Seeks Federal Mediator

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Nearly a week after declaring an impasse in negotiations with its orchestra and chorus, New York City Opera is looking into getting a federal mediator involved.

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