Israeli Orchestra to Break Wagner Boycott

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Israeli orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Tel Aviv.

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Russian Violinist Wins Queen Elisabeth Competition

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Russian violinist Andrey Baranov beat out 77 international participants to win the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Brussels. Watch his performance of the Shostakovich concerto.

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British Classical Radio Host Arrested in Zimbabwe

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Organizers of a classical music festival in Zimbabwe say authorities arrested a prominent British music personality at a concert in the second city of Bulawayo.

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Kaufmann Clarifies Lip Synching Incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jonas Kaufmann says he lip synched his performance of the Champions League theme before last weekend's final in Munich. 

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Glenn Dicterow Announces Exit from New York Philharmonic

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Glenn Dicterow, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for the past 32 years, announced Thursday that he will step down from the post at the end of the 2013-14 season.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Files Reorganization Plan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thirteen months after it became the first major American orchestra to file for bankruptcy, the Philadelphia Orchestra said Wednesday it has filed a reorganization plan.

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Video: 'Nessun Dorma' Played on the Theremin

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Who needs human tenors? In this video, the Canadian Thereminist Peter Pringle performs "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot.

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'Mahler on the Couch' Recounts Fateful Therapy Session

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A famous meeting between Mahler and Freud forms the basis for “Mahler on the Couch.” The film explores whether therapy helped the composer get past his wife's adultery.

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UK Virtual Orchestra Puts You in Conductor's Stand

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A London museum is putting the conductor's baton in visitors' hands, allowing guests to direct a virtual orchestra using three-dimensional motion sensors.

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Philharmonic Replaces Mahler with Tchaikovsky, Debussy for Cathedral

Monday, May 21, 2012

The New York Philharmonic said Monday it will drop its scheduled performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony at its annual free Memorial Day concert.

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Van Cliburn's Art, Jewels Fetch $4.3M in NY Auction

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Art, jewelry and furnishings collected by the pianist Van Cliburn has fetched over $4.3 million at an auction in New York City.

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Transcendent Voice: Memories of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Sometimes the anticipation of an event seeing someone perform can lead to disappointment. But not Fischer-Dieskau," writes Naomi Lewin.

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Herbert Breslin, Pavarotti's Former Manager, Dies at 87

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Herbert Breslin, the hard-driving music publicist and manager who masterminded Luciano Pavarotti's career, died Thursday at age 87.

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Disco Queen Donna Summer Sang with Vienna Opera

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Although best known for her numerous disco-era hits, Donna Summer, who died Thursday at 63, got her start singing in musical theater and opera.

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Van Cliburn Talks Fame, Audiences and Self-Doubt at NYPL

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The 77-year-old piano legend is downscaling at the moment, preparing to sell his personal items at Christie's. The process has put him in a reflective mood.

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Four Worthy Alternatives to Standard Orchestral Works

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Last week's Spring for Music festival sought to highlight the most creative programming among orchestras. Here are four recordings that should deliver more discoveries.

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Musicians Suing for $200M After Costa Concordia Wreck

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A $200 million lawsuit has been filed in New York federal court on behalf of four Hungarian musicians and dancers aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy in January.

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Pope Names Composer Hildegard of Bingen a Saint

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI officially declared the 12th-century composer, mystic, author and physician Hildegard von Bingen to be a saint on Thursday.

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Roman Totenberg, Violinist and Master Teacher, Dies at 101

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Roman Totenberg, a violin instructor from Poland whose nine-decade career featured concert performances before kings and presidents and helped produce dozens of accomplished musicians, has died at age 101.

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Marc-André Hamelin to Tackle Monster Concerto

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Busoni's Piano Concerto is the biggest in the repertoire: five movements, 70 minutes long, both enigmatically philosophical and riotously tuneful, and augmented with a male chorus in the finale to boot.

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