Watch: Australian Film Combines Surfing and Classical Music

Monday, July 09, 2012

Pieces by Rameau, Bach and Rachmaninoff are crashing onto Australian shores this summer with a new movie project that attempts to marry classical music and surfing.

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Mid-Year Report: Classical Album Sales Down, Digital Tracks Up

Thursday, July 05, 2012

In the first six months of 2012, classical album sales dropped 18.1 percent to 3 million units, according to a mid-year report released Thursday.

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Orchestra Music Director Salaries Disclosed

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Adaptistration, the blog on the orchestra business, has published its annual charts of salaries for most of the major American orchestras’ music directors and executives.

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Poll: Has the 1812 Overture Lost its Boom?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Is the 1812 Overture going out of fashion as the fireworks soundtrack of choice for July Fourth? Is it time for the piece to be retired? Take our poll.

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First Iraq Veteran Opera Puts Inner Turmoil on Stage

Monday, July 02, 2012

After returning from the battlefields of Iraq, Christian Ellis found the only way to soothe the war wounds in his soul was by losing himself singing opera's powerful, haunting songs.

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New York Philharmonic Closes Season with Armory Spectacular

Monday, July 02, 2012

The New York Philharmonic offered some big sounds in its season-ending program, and served them up on a really big plate: the Drill Hall at the New York Armory. Jeff Spurgeon reports.

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Who Stole Brahms's Teeth? Austria Investigating

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Have the teeth of two famed 19th-century composers been stolen from their graves? Austrian prosecutors are trying to find out.

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Music App Songza Latest to Target Classical Listeners

Sunday, July 01, 2012

As the market for online services that stream music from computers and mobile devices expands, classical music listeners remain at least partly in companies' crosshairs.

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Lincoln Center to Make Avery Fisher Hall More Accessible

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lincoln Center has pledged to make Avery Fisher Hall more wheelchair accessible after the US Attorney filed a lawsuit against the arts complex.

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New York Philharmonic to Fill Armory with Surround-Sound Music

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The New York Philharmonic will perform spatial music at the Park Avenue Armory this weekend. In one piece, three orchestras will surround the audience. Another features eight groups.

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Regime Change at Juilliard Historical Performance Program

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monica Huggett, the director of Juilliard’s historical performance program since its inception in 2008, is stepping down, the school said on Monday. Replacing her as director will be Robert Mealy.

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Andrew Litton Named Artistic Advisor to Colorado Orchestra

Monday, June 25, 2012

Instead of hiring a full-time music director, the Colorado Symphony announced Monday that Andrew Litton will become its next "artistic adviser."

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Brigitte Engerer, French Pianist with a Russian Soul, Dies at 59

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brigitte Engerer, a French pianist who trained in Moscow and became known for her brilliant interpretations of French and Russian repertoire, died Saturday in Paris. 

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Audra McDonald out of 'Porgy and Bess' for Weeks

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bess is taking a rest.

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Watch: Conductors Seek Perfect Pitch on the Baseball Diamond

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last week, the Italian conductor Riccardo Muti threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Watch this slideshow of conductors' first pitches.

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YouTube Pianist Plays Her Way to Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you've ever trawled YouTube for Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Totentanz or Chopin’s 24 Etudes, chances are you've encountered a clip of Valentina Lisitsa.

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Dissonant Music Brings Out the Animal in You, UCLA Study Says

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What is it about the big, earth-shattering climaxes in Mahler symphonies or the violent finales of Beethoven string quartets that gets audiences’ hearts racing?

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On 169th Birthday, Grieg Becomes an Unlikely Icon

Friday, June 15, 2012

Composer Edvard Grieg, born 169 years ago Friday in Bergen, has inspired an oil field and a chain hotel. Tune in to WQXR today to hear several of his lesser-known works.

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Colorado Symphony May Have Hired New York Conductor

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It would appear that someone at the orchestra inadvertently let the information slip out about their next music director.

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Philly Pops Seeks to End Conductor's Contract

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Philly Pops wants to get rid of the artistic director who has been its leader for more than three decades, saying his contract is too expensive.

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