As 'Star-Spangled Banner' Turns 200, Five Unusual Classical Versions

Sunday, September 14, 2014

This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of the poem that became the nation’s national anthem. Here are five notable classical takes.
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Conductor 'In Shock' Over Plans to Shutter Danish Orchestra

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Like most of those affected I have only now heard of the plans to close down the Danish National Chamber Orchestra," said Adam Fischer. "Right now I am in a state of shock."
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Apple Launches iPhone 6 with Strauss-Themed Ad

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

When Apple unveiled its two larger-screened iPhone models, it turned to a well-known soundtrack of grandeur: Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.
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Watch: An Audience is Completely Mesmerized by Van Cliburn Recital

Monday, September 08, 2014

With audience etiquette in the news again recently, here's an example of how people attended concerts during the Cold War.
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Qatar Philharmonic Music Director Abruptly Quits Mid-Tour

Monday, September 08, 2014

Conductor Han-Na Chang resigned Monday from her post as music director of the Qatar Philharmonic, one day after the orchestra's appearance at the BBC Proms in London.
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Atlanta Symphony Locks Out its Musicians

Sunday, September 07, 2014

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians and management were unable to reach a settlement on a new contract on Saturday.
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Colorado Symphony Drops Tuxedos, Adds Drinks in the Hall

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Starting this fall, the orchestra will ditch tuxedos and institute a somewhat more casual look of dark suits with long ties for men. Drinks will also be permitted.
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Susanna Mälkki, Fabio Luisi Get New Conducting Gigs

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Nordic dining scene may be stealing news headlines and Michelin stars these days but on Monday, the region’s classical music scene was also drawing international attention.
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'Maestro' or 'Conductor?' Terminology Sparks Critical Spat

Saturday, August 30, 2014

One critic says the word "maestro" (and "maestra") has been overused and it's time to give it a rest. Another critic accuses him of sexism.
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Fall Preview: 20 Classical Music Concerts to Watch For

Saturday, August 30, 2014

With autumn comes a fresh new lineup of symphonic, vocal and chamber music concerts to hear in New York. Below are 20 notable events taking place around the city.
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Suspects in Murder of New York Violinist Held Without Bail

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two men accused of killing New York concert violinist Mary Whitaker during a robbery in her rural home are due in federal court.
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Minnesota Orchestra Announces $13.2 Million in Gifts

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra signaled a new step in its post-lockout recovery on Wednesday when the board said it had received $13.2 million in four separate donations.
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Throwback Thursday: WQXR Discusses 'The Lincoln Center' in 1961

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It's "Throwback Thursday" and here's an excerpt from "A Year in Music," in which the conductor Erich Leinsdorf weighs in on the opening of Lincoln Center.
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Atlanta Symphony Labor Talks Approach Nervous Crescendo

Monday, August 25, 2014

In news that has an aura of deja-vu about it, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are approaching a September 6 contract deadline.
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Video: Violinist Inspires Elephants to Dance to Bach

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Eleanor Bartsch, a violinist in the Madison Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin, performed a bit of Bach on Saturday night for an unlikely audience.
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Maryland Ban on Grain Alcohol Hurts Violin Makers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Binge drinkers and frat boys aren't the only ones despairing over Maryland's new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.
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New York Violinist Found Slain in Summer Home

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Two men were charged on Friday with murder in the death of Mary Whitaker, a violinist who performed with the Westchester Philharmonic and other New York ensembles.
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B.K.S. Iyengar, Yehudi Menuhin's Guru, Has Died

Thursday, August 21, 2014

B.K.S. Iyengar, the yoga guru who Yehudi Menuhin called "my best violin teacher" has died.
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Actress's Head, Cellist's Body Digitally Fused in Film 'If I Stay'

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new film raises one the perennial challenges actors face when playing classical musicians: how to look convincing in performance scenes.
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Utah Symphony Barnstorms Five National Parks

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Utah Symphony is using classical music to complement the beauty of Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons with free desert performances.

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