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Two Summer Festivals Arrive, Like Birds of a Feather

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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On Wednesday, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Bard Music Festival announced 2012 seasons that will feature respective nods to the animal kingdom.

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How the London Symphony Narrowly Avoided the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's long been known that the London Symphony Orchestra almost traveled to the U.S. aboard the Titanic. Now, new details have emerged as to why the orchestra avoided the doomed liner.

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'Lion King' is Broadway's All-Time Box Office King

Monday, April 09, 2012

Box office figures released Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from "The Phantom of the Opera."

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When Mike Wallace Interviewed Classical Musicians

Sunday, April 08, 2012

In a 65-year career, Mike Wallace took on presidents, tyrants, celebrities and other important historical figures. He also went into uncharted territory with some of the biggest names in classical music.

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The Consortium Conundrum: More Performances, Logistical Nightmares

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Composer Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus sparked controversy recently, not just because it raised questions of originality but because it was funded through a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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The Met Museum Unveils 2012-13 Performance Season

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its 2012-13 season of concerts, lectures and other performing arts events on Thursday, the first programmed by Limor Tomer.

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The Cellist of Sarajevo Plays in his City Again

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Twenty years ago, as mortar shells began raining down on Sarajevo, killing his friends and neighbors, Vedran Smajlovic did what he knew best to help the city: he played his cello at funerals, in bomb shelters and in the streets.

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Video: Is This the Most Difficult Piano Piece Ever Written?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Watch this performance of Scarbo and tell us what you think: Is it the hardest piece ever? If not, what’s more difficult?

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The South Goes Global at Savannah Music Festival

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Host Midge Woolsey has just returned from Georgia's Savannah Music Festival, which she describes as "a wonderful example of the kind of event that can be created when musical borders are blurred."

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New Orchestra Seeks Hip Young Audience in New Jersey

Monday, April 02, 2012

New Jersey has, in recent times, been mostly a backwater when it comes to start-up orchestras that specialize in contemporary programming and offbeat formats. But no longer.

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Putin Praises Rostropovich at Moscow Sculpture Unveiling

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist and conductor who was an outspoken champion of artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, has been honored with a monument in downtown Moscow.

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Faded Virtuoso Tangles with Stubborn Violin Maker in 'The Morini Strad'

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The play "The Morini Strad" explores the uneasy bond that develops between an ornery former violin prodigy and a violin maker whom she hires to restore and sell her precious Stradivarius.

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Manhattan School of Music President to Step Down

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Manhattan School of Music president Robert Sirota announced Wednesday he will step down this fall in order to devote more time to composing.

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Classical Music to Match 'Hunger Games'' Dystopian Vision?

Monday, March 26, 2012

What if “Hunger Games” had used classical music? After all, it’s been done in many post-apocalyptic films from “A Clockwork Orange” to “V for Vendetta” and “Children of Men." Take our poll.

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Classical Music Helps Mice Recover from Heart Transplants

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mice with heart transplants survived nearly twice as long if they listened to classical music than pop tunes after an operation, according to Japanese researchers.

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Newly Discovered Mozart Piece Performed

Friday, March 23, 2012

A piano work experts attribute to Mozart as a child prodigy was performed for the first time Friday since it was found last year after apparently being left in an attic for centuries.

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Bach's St. John Passion: Ravishing and Disputed

Thursday, March 22, 2012

When Les Violons du Roy present Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, they'll take on a work that's admired for its sweeping drama but also disputed for its texts.

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Nonprofit: North Korea Orchestra Plans to Visit US

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An Atlanta-based nonprofit is planning to bring North Korea's national orchestra to the U.S. for a tour that would start in Atlanta, according to the group's president.

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Watch: Pianist with Synesthesia Performs Bach in Living Color

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What does Bach "look like" to someone with synesthesia? Here's one pianist's hallucinogenic take on the condition, using a fugue by Bach.

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Lincoln Center's First In-Concert Wedding Surprises Choral Music Audience

Monday, March 19, 2012

Intermission during a choral music concert at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday featured more than the usual chitchat, pricey drinks and hurried trips to the restroom.

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