Tales of an Overnight Classical Deejay

Monday, October 24, 2011

WQXR's Nimet Habachy reveals how she faked an accent, lied about the weather, entertained cabbies -- and became a fixture on WQXR's overnight shift for the better part of three decades.

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Facelift for an Arts Temple: City Center Reopens after $56M Restoration

Monday, October 24, 2011

New York's eccentric Shriner's hall turned performing arts venue has undergone a major renovation. On Tuesday audiences can see the results.

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For Second Time, Netrebko Cancels Her Carnegie Hall Recital Debut

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has cancelled her debut recital at Carnegie Hall. At WQXR, she hinted that time was short.

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Radio Giant Norman Corwin Dies in California at 101

Thursday, October 20, 2011

During a career that spanned more than 70 years, Norman Corwin wrote, produced and directed for radio, television, film and the stage.

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The Met 'Ring' Gets New Siegfried, One Week From Opening

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a big casting change for its new production of Richard Wagner's Siegfried.

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Granny Protesters Stage Vigil at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

About 125 protesters led by an anti-war group called the Granny Peace Brigade, some supporting themselves with canes or walkers, held a vigil on the plaza at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night.

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Next Up For Occupy Wall Street Protests: Lincoln Center

Monday, October 17, 2011

The sounds of Mozart, Debussy and Donizetti may be accompanied by chants as Occupy Wall Street protesters threaten to take over Lincoln Center Plaza Tuesday.

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Million-Dollar Maestros

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two unrelated headlines formed a curious intersection this week.

On Thursday, Tarisio auction house announced that a 1783 Guadagnini violin that Lorin Maazel owned and used for his career will be put up for auction on November 10. Proceeds will go to his Castleton Festival in a fund to help young artists.

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Philly Orchestra, Musicians Approve New Contract

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra said a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the orchestra association and its musicians union.

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'Opera House of the Year,' La Monnaie Streams Season Online

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In the old days, if you couldn't get to see opera on stage, you waited a few months for Public Television to broadcast one. Now the opportunities have changed and live is everything.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Moves its Season-Opening Concert

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians reached a tentative agreement late last week, but their venue is having labor issues of its own: members of stagehands union have gone on strike.

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Stephen Sondheim to Receive New York City Arts Award

Monday, October 10, 2011

Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will receive New York City's highest honor for achievement in the arts.

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After Shaking Up Tchaikovsky Competition, Gergiev Brings Winner to Carnegie Hall

Saturday, October 08, 2011

When conductor Valery Gergiev became chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition last year he promised to clean house, ridding it of its historic corruption and favoritism.

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Supreme Court Invokes Copland, Hendrix in Copyright Case

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg invoked Aaron Copland. The chief justice countered with Jimi Hendrix.

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How Steve Jobs Changed the Course of Classical Recordings

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Though he died at the relatively young age of 56, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has left a legacy that changed the shape of the music industry.

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Stormy Weather Strikes a Chord With Composers

Monday, October 03, 2011

Bring on the rain, wind and dark clouds. The gloomy weather we've experienced recently may not be good for the soul but a new study suggests that it's great for composers.

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With 'One Sweet Morning,' Corigliano Finally Writes His 9/11 Piece

Thursday, September 29, 2011

When Alan Gilbert asked John Corigliano to write a large-scale commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the composer realized he didn’t want the piece to depict the actual event. He had a novel solution.

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Rough Sailing at Bargemusic as City Orders Shutdown

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oct. 1 Update: Bargemusic reopened on Friday night with a performance by the Weilerstein Trio. In a post on Facebook, director Mark Peskanov wrote, "The music sounded especially good tonight at Bargemusic after being shut down for the last two and half days." Further details to come.

Bargemusic, the floating concert hall moored on the Brooklyn side of the East River, abruptly shut down on Wednesday after an official with the Fire Department found problems with the hall’s emergency exit.

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Orchestrated

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A number of classical performers have embraced the music of Nirvana, particularly during this, the 20th anniversary month of their groundbreaking album "Nevermind."

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UK Professor 'Reconstructs' Lost Beethoven Piece

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A composition by Beethoven that was discarded and unheard for over 200 years has been reconstructed, a British university said Wednesday.

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