New York City Opera Negotiations Break Down

Thursday, December 01, 2011

New York City Opera has declared an impasse in negotiations with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus, with the two sides unable to reach an agreement on wages and benefits.

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Riccardo Chailly Cancels Two Months of Performances

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Among the cancellations were two weeks in January with the Boston Symphony, where he is speculated to be a potential candidate to succeed James Levine.

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Critical Assaults on Beethoven

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

As Beethoven Awareness Month wraps up, we’ve given a lot of praise to this great composer. But we want to provide coverage that's fair and balanced. And sometimes mean.

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Ken Russell, Film Director of Composer Biopics, dies at 84

Monday, November 28, 2011

The iconoclastic British director, whose death aged 84 was announced Monday, made films about Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Liszt.

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Beethoven’s Deafness: For Better or Worse – Or Neither?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Beethoven's deafness didn't stigmatize his music -- it made it better. At least that's popular belief. A new book attempts to separate myths from reality.

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Symphony Goers, Start Your Smart Phones

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Cincinnati Symphony has established a section of its concert hall where audience members can bring out their iPhones, Androids and tablets and Tweet along with the music.

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The Worst Beethoven Album Covers...Ever

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In the spirit of Beethoven Awareness Month, dare to check out our list of the worst crimes against album cover design when it comes to history's greatest composer.

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Olga Bloom, Founder of Bargemusic, Dies at 92

Friday, November 25, 2011

Olga Bloom, a violinist and violist who founded Bargemusic – which turned a sinister spot on the Brooklyn waterfront into one of New York’s most intimate venues -- died on Thanksgiving. She was 92.

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Montserrat Figueras, Soprano with an Ethereal Voice, Dies at 69

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Catalan soprano Montserrat Figueras, who brought a soulful voice to a broad swath of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque vocal music, died on Wednesday in Barcelona.

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Sound of Music comes to Salzburg

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Move over Mozart. Toes in Salzburg are tapping to a new beat as residents finally embrace the Hollywood musical that put them on the map nearly half a century ago.

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Two Dance Luminaries Take Big Leap with Ballet Next

Monday, November 21, 2011

A new ballet company, directed by two principal dancers of two major companies, made its debut Monday night at the Joyce Theater. WQXR's Janet Babin reports.

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Boston Symphony Announces 75th Anniversary Season at Tanglewood

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Boston Symphony will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Tanglewood next summer with world premieres, concerts based on programs from its inaugural season and new media initiatives.

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A Mysteriously Lost Sibelius Symphony Emerges

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

In a new video featuring the Helsinki Philharmonic, sketches of what are believed to be Jean Sibelius's mysteriously unfinished Eighth Symphony are heard for the first time in history.

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Broadway's Porgy and Bess Drops New Happy Ending

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The forthcoming Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has dropped plans for a new happy ending, following public criticism from composer Stephen Sondheim.

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LA Takes Baton as Flagship for Youth Orchestras

Monday, November 14, 2011

With Gustavo Dudamel at the forefront, LA has emerged as the national flagship of the US version of El Sistema, which in just four years has grown to encompass programs in more than 50 cities.

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Interpreting Beethoven: How Authentic?

Monday, November 14, 2011

How do you prefer Beethoven symphonies: with the massive string sections and beefed-up choruses of the modern orchestra or the gutsy, lean sound of period-instrument groups? Weigh in here.

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EMI Being Broken Up, Sold for $4.1 Billion

Saturday, November 12, 2011

EMI Group Ltd., the iconic British music company that is home to Simon Rattle, Sarah Chang and The Beatles is being split and sold for $4.1 billion.

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Lorin Maazel's Violin Sold for a Record $1 Million

Friday, November 11, 2011

Owned by conductor Lorin Maazel for 66 years, the violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini has been featured in a number of his recordings and in concerts.

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Notes of Nuttiness at WQXR Comedy Night

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

At Tuesday night’s WQXR Comedy Contest at Caroline’s on Broadway, not every joke or act hit the right note, but when the audience liked what it saw, the applause was raucous.

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Beethoven in a New (Darker) Light

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

In a new exhibit at the Miami Art Museum, the multimedia artist Enrique Martinez Celaya offers a chilling perspective on the final days of Beethoven's life. 

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