Wild Night at Philharmonic After Phone Interruption

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday night's New York Philharmonic performance of the Mahler Ninth was stopped dead by an audience member's iPhone. Read Naomi Lewin's account and take our poll.
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Watch: Classical Garbage Pickup

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Garbage trucks in Taiwan have a curious way of announcing their presence: by playing classical music standards like Beethoven’s Für Elise. Could this work in New York?

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'Vertigo' Star Kim Novak Slams 'The Artist' Over Music

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kim Novak accused the French makers of the Oscar-tipped silent film "The Artist" of "rape" Monday for using sections of Bernard Herrmann’s love theme from "Vertigo" in its score.

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Just How Deep are the Proposed Pay Cuts at City Opera?

Monday, January 09, 2012

New York City Opera's musicians say that the cash-strapped company wants to cut their salary to $5,000 annually. The company counters that the musicians would actually earn $11,855.

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Alexis Weissenberg, Distinctive Pianist, Dies at 82

Monday, January 09, 2012

Alexis Weissenberg, a Bulgarian pianist who spent time in a concentration camp and later performed with Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, died Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland at age 82.

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City Opera Musicians Locked Out as Mediation Fails

Sunday, January 08, 2012

The unions representing New York City Opera's orchestra and chorus say they won’t be showing up for the scheduled start of rehearsals on Monday morning after talks with a federal mediator broke down Saturday night.

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Opera Union Not Optimistic About Upcoming Talks

Saturday, January 07, 2012

The union that represents the New York City Opera chorus says it's not optimistic about contract negotiations this weekend.

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PayPal Under Fire for Purportedly Ordering Violin Destroyed

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A woman is out $2500 after PayPal allegedly ordered a customer to destroy an antique violin she had sold him, which he claimed was a fake.

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New York Philharmonic Names New Executive Director

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The New York Philharmonic has named Matthew VanBesien as its next executive director, succeeding Zarin Mehta, who will retire in September.

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Is 'Dragon Tattoo' Really About the Wagner Clan?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A writer considers the uncanny similarities between classical music’s most notorious dynasty and that of the movie based on the bestseller by Stieg Larsson.

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Netrebko Cancels January Appearances

Monday, January 02, 2012

Fans of Anna Netrebko have been expressing their disappointment on Twitter after the Russian soprano's latest spate of cancellations.

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Philip Glass's 'Kepler' to Premiere at Spoleto

Sunday, January 01, 2012

To commemorate Glass' 75th birthday and his long relationship with Spoleto, the festival is staging a full production of "Kepler," about the 17th-century scientist.

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2011 Classical Countdown: Assessing the Winners and Losers

Sunday, January 01, 2012

If anything, classical music fans are not a frivolous crowd. This is the evidence turned up in WQXR's 2011 Classical Countdown, a listener survey that showed that Beethoven remains the most popular composer of our time.

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A Timely Oratorio Arrives on New Year's Eve

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Concert for Peace is known for its mixture of inspired music-making, muddy acoustics and a sometimes earnest solemnity. This New Year’s Eve promises to be different.

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Opera Director Claudio Del Monaco Stabbed

Friday, December 30, 2011

Claudio Del Monaco, the opera director and son of the late Italian opera tenor Mario Del Monaco, is in critical but stable condition after an incident of operatic proportions.

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Poll: The Biggest Classical Music Story of 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What do you think was the year's biggest story? What will continue to make waves in 2012? Take our poll and share your thoughts.

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How Classical Music Tuned in with Technology in 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In 2011, a growing number of arts organizations embraced digital technology a means of riding out the stresses facing the field.

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In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

The year 2011 saw the deaths of major composers, singers, conductors and music presenters. We remember their contributions to classical music and the world with this slideshow.

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$172K Violin Left on Philly-bound Bus is Recovered

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A rare violin worth $172,000 that was mistakenly left on board a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus by a groggy music student from Taiwan has been found and returned to its grateful owner.

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McDonald's Pianist: I'm Loving It

Friday, December 23, 2011

Andrew Shapiro has played the piano at a Manhattan McDonald's for over seven years. Hints of Chopin-esque harmonies mingle with shouts of “May I help the next customer please?”

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