The Dude's Big Homecoming in Caracas

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema's poster boy, takes Los Angeles Philharmonic to his homeland. The visit comes fresh from winning a Grammy.

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Music to Soothe the Domesticated Beast

Thursday, February 16, 2012

In recent years a small but surprising cottage industry has emerged of recordings focused on calming, entertaining and uplifting pets. But do they actually work?

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Charles Anthony, Met Record-Holder, Dies at 82

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Charles Anthony, a character singer who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera - 2,928 - during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, died Wednesday. He was 82.

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A String Quartet Creates a Soundtrack for Divorce

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What do you do for a couple who is getting a divorce? A happily married violinist and percussionist in New York came up with an unlikely concept album.

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Emerson String Quartet's David Finckel Bows Out After 34 Years

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Emerson String Quartet, one of the most respected string quartets of its era, has lost a member for the first time in 34 years.

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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Enters Midlife with Curiosity Intact

Monday, February 13, 2012

Leif Ove Andsnes is now on the north side of age 40 and is 25 years into a busy concert career but he’s not setting out to buy a Porsche or stage a midlife crisis yet.

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Detroit Symphony Webcast Sets Viewer Record

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Detroit symphony has set what it believes is a record for the most viewers of a live, online performance by a U.S. symphonic group.

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Classical Grammy Winners Include a DVD and Download-Only Release

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Joyce DiDonato, Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams and Eric Whitacre are among the 2012 Grammy winners.

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Remembering Rudolf Firkušny, Pianist of Refinement and Warmth

Saturday, February 11, 2012

"When I hear recordings by pianist Rudolf Firkušny, whose was born on February 11, 1912, the word that comes to mind every time is 'warmth,'" writes Jeff Spurgeon.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Seeks Soloist via YouTube Contest

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra officials insist it's not "American Idol" meets Mozart.

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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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