For Top Salaries in Classical Music, Head to Los Angeles

Monday, November 07, 2011

If you're looking for the "one percent" of classical music, the Los Angeles Philharmonic leads the pack. But highly-paid conductors are a more universal phenomenon.

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James Levine Withdraws from 'Götterdämmerung' at Met

Friday, November 04, 2011

James Levine has canceled conducting the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Wagner's Goetterdaemmerung and is in danger of missing an entire season at the company for the first time since he made his debut in 1971.

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German Minister Combats Road Rage with Mozart

Friday, November 04, 2011

Germany's transport minister is sharing one of his own stress-reducers - the slow movements of Mozart's piano concertos - with drivers in hopes the soothing music will help reduce road rage.

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The Ultimate Beethoven Workout Mix

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

In advance of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, we've created a workout mix of particularly high-energy Beethoven moments that are sure to inspire -- and get you across that finish line.

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Tokyo String Quartet to Lose Remaining Japanese Members

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Signaling the end of an era, the two remaining Japanese members of the Tokyo String Quartet – including its founding violist – will retire in June 2013, the ensemble announced.

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Mozart May Improve Detection During Colonoscopies

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Doctors who listen to Mozart while performing colonoscopy may increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps, a small study has found.

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Memphis Opera Singer Performs After Being Shot

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stafford Hartman, a soprano and artist in residence at Memphis Opera, performed from a wheelchair during Saturday night's performance of Tosca at the company.

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Budapest at Carnegie Hall: Three Things To Listen For

Friday, October 28, 2011

Despite reports of government funding cuts, Saturday night's concert at Carnegie Hall with pianist Andras Schiff should find the orchestra in excellent artistic shape, if recent reviews are any guide.

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Bolshoi Theater Reopening to be Web Streamed Live

Friday, October 28, 2011

Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater reopens today after a six-year, $800 million renovation. Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu and Natalie Dessay are among the performers.

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Benjamin Millepied, 'Black Swan' Choreographer, Retires from City Ballet

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The New York City Ballet has announced that its principal dancer is retiring after 16 years.

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Watch: A Piano Duo's Scary Encounter with Schubert

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Schubert’s song “Der Erlkönig," is a perennial favorite for Halloween concerts. The Anderson-Roe Piano Duo have found that it's best not to play when lurking around an empty piano factory.

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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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