Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Black Classical Music History

Saturday, February 01, 2014

WQXR will present a number of special programs and features throughout Black History Month. Test your knowledge of black classical music history in our quiz.

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27-Day South Africa Festival Highlights Carnegie Hall's 14-15 Season

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Less than two months after Nelson Mandela died, Carnegie Hall said on Wednesday that it will stage a 27-day "Music and Arts of South Africa" festival this autumn.

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Video: IKEA Shoppers Surprised by Beethoven Flash Mob

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Aisles of ready-to-assemble furniture, members of the Detroit Symphony and Beethoven's "Ode to Joy": Care to guess what happens next?

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Classical Grammy Awards to Minnesota Orchestra, Dawn Upshaw, Thomas Adès

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance on Sunday for its album of Sibelius’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4.

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Classical Music’s Demise? Slate Column Stirs up Anger on Internet

Friday, January 24, 2014

An article with a particularly tough assessment of the state of classical music has stirred up a hornet's nest on the Internet.

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New York Philharmonic to Stage Honegger Oratorio with Marion Cotillard

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has said that it will present Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring the Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard at Avery Fisher Hall.

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Gustavo Dudamel Dedicates Berlioz Requiem to Claudio Abbado

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel will dedicate the Wednesday night performance of the Berlioz Requiem in Paris to the memory of Claudio Abbado. Watch the live webcast here.

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Violinist Vanessa-Mae to Ski at Sochi Olympics

Monday, January 20, 2014

The manager of Vanessa-Mae says the musician will be swapping her violin for skis to compete at the Winter Olympics.

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Claudio Abbado, Italian Conductor Who Bred Talent, Dies at 80

Monday, January 20, 2014

Claudio Abbado, who led many of the world's top orchestras while serving as a mentor to countless young musicians, died on Monday. Tonight at 9 pm: hear Abbado's Final Lucerne Program, recorded last August.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Mulls Return Trip to Iran

Friday, January 17, 2014

The last American orchestra to perform in Iran is considering what would be a groundbreaking return concert tour this fall.

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Rookies and Vets Among Best Original Score Oscar Nominees

Thursday, January 16, 2014

This year's Academy Award nominees for Best Original Score are an odd assortment of obvious choices, reasonable contenders, and surprises, writes WQXR's David Garland.

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Minnesota Orchestra Labor Dispute is Over

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The longest labor dispute in the history of American orchestras ended on Tuesday when the Minnesota Orchestra signed a collective bargaining agreement with its unionized musicians.

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Poll: Your Orchestra & Conductor 'Dream Team'

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Last week, the classical events finder website Bachtrack published a ranking of the busiest classical musicians in 2013, including orchestras and conductors.

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3 Classical Music References in 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Much has been made of the period-appropriate folk music that runs through "Inside Llewyn Davis." But moviegoers may also spot some pointed references to classical music in the script and the soundtrack.

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William Schuman's GWB Tribute Finds New Resonance

Friday, January 10, 2014

Perhaps some classical music can soothe a political scandal. William Schuman's George Washington Bridge has been a favorite of concert band directors since its premiere in 1950.

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Sphinx Organization Gets $4 Million Gift to Diversify Classical Music

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The Sphinx Organization, a nonprofit that works to boost African-American participation in classical music, has received $4 million from an anonymous donor.

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Bolshoi Theater to Headline 2014 Lincoln Center Festival

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Lincoln Center announced on Wednesday that the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus will make its New York debut this July, giving two performances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride.

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Pianist Rafał Blechacz Wins $300,000 Gilmore Award

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Rafał Blechacz has won the $300,000 Gilmore Artist Award, a piano competition so secretive that the contestants aren't even aware that they are in the running.

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Lang Lang Gets a Grammy Duet Partner: Metallica

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Headbanging meets flying hands: The Chinese pianist Lang Lang and the heavy metal band Metallica will perform together at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26.

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J&R, New York's Last Classical Record Store, Faces Uncertain Future

Monday, January 06, 2014

J&R Computer World has closed its classical music store and laid off much of its staff. Some say there are no plans to reopen.

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