South Korean Maestro Conducts North Korean Orchestras

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

North Korea says a prominent South Korean maestro has conducted two orchestras in the North in a sign of easing tensions between the countries.

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Rome Opera Irked at Luisi's Last-Minute Exit

Monday, September 12, 2011

Rome's Teatro dell'Opera says Fabio Luisi's last-minute bolting from his engagement to conduct Elektra so he could conduct at New York's Metropolitan Opera hurts the world of lyric opera.

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The Philharmonic Delivers an Inspired Mahler 2nd for New York

Monday, September 12, 2011

Confession. I have worked hard to avoid most of the 9/11 tributes, reflections, reliving and agonies of the past weeks. I chose to watch the George Bush National Geographic interview, and was impressed with his honesty, humanity and frailty. I helped program an event for WQXR in The Greene Space. But I couldn’t watch the TV loops, the commentators, or look again at those pictures.

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Attendance Records Broken at BBC Proms

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The BBC Proms, London's eight-week music festival which ended its 117th season Saturday night, has reported record audiences for the second year in a row. Watch a video of the pianist Lang Lang performing on the Last Night.

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Montreal's New Concert Hall Leaps Into View

Thursday, September 08, 2011

When the Montreal Symphony opened its new concert hall to the public on Wednesday night, the festivities included acrobats from the Cirque Éloize. Host Naomi Lewin reports on the three-ring festivities from our neighbors to the north.

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Yo-Yo Ma Among Five Honored by Kennedy Center

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

In what seems like a long time coming, Yo-Yo Ma will get a Kennedy Center Honor. The 55-year-old said he feels too young to be receiving such an award for lifetime achievements.

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Composer John Adams Reflects on Pulitzer Work, Public 'Overreaction' to Sept. 11

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Composer John Adams, looking back at On the Transmigration of Souls, his 2002 piece remembering Sept. 11, expresses satisfaction with the work's success, but also concerns about the public's "orgy of self pity."

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Levine Cancels Fall Met Appearances; Luisi Named Principal Conductor

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

James Levine, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera, has cancelled his fall appearances at the Met, after falling and damaging his vertebrae on Thursday. Fabio Luisi will take over for Levine in his new role as principal conductor.

 

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Italian Tenor Salvatore Licitra Dies at 43 After Crash

Monday, September 05, 2011

Salvatore Licitra, a tenor who rose to fame as a last-second substitute for Luciano Pavarotti at the Met, died on Monday after being severely injured in a motorbike accident.

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Three Acts, Not Nine Innings: Opera Goes to the Stadium

Saturday, September 03, 2011

In Verona, Italy, massive opera productions take place every summer in a Roman coliseum. In San Francisco and Washington, DC, operas will be simulcast on ballpark jumbotrons. Can stadiums and ballparks bring opera back to its populist roots?

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Anti-Israel Protest Disrupts BBC Proms Concert in London

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Protesters disrupted a performance Thursday by the Israel Philharmonic and violinist Gil Shaham as part of the BBC Proms, one of Britain’s most venerable concert series.

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In Helsinki's Sleek New Concert Hall, Clarity Reigns

Thursday, September 01, 2011

After a decade-long construction process and a cost of $271 million, the Helsinki Music Center opened Wednesday evening. WQXR's Graham Parker writes that, while not perfect, it "raises the bar on design, purpose and relevance."

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When Classical Music Takes Center Court

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How was it that Gershwin and Schoenberg came to enjoy a fiercely-fought tennis match each week? Why was Prokofiev so interested in the game? As the U.S. Open heats up, host Midge Woolsey considers the links.

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Tenor Salvatore Licitra Injured in Motorbike Accident in Sicily

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Salvatore Licitra, one of the leading tenors on the international opera scene, is hospitalized in critical condition in hospital near Modica, Sicily from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on a Vespa on Sunday.

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Daniel Barenboim Leads Korean Border Concert, Ponders Cairo

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A day after Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim led his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a concert at the borders of North and South Korea, he is now hoping to bring the ensemble to Cairo's Tahrir Square.

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New York Philharmonic Signs Partnership With Shanghai Orchestra

Monday, August 15, 2011

In what appears to be a pioneering venture for both parties, the New York Philharmonic has signed an agreement with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to collaborate on a new orchestral training institute in Shanghai.

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Ohio Shop's Classical Music Seems to Cut Down on Loitering

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shoppers and employees say an Ohio convenience store has fewer people hanging around and hassling customers since the business started blaring classical music.

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Nonesuch Records and Steve Reich Pull Controversial 9/11 Album Cover

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Three weeks after it sparked online controversy, Nonesuch Records has changed the cover art for WTC 9/11, a forthcoming album featuring Steve Reich’s eponymous composition about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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A New Symphony Orchestra for Syracuse?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

They're getting the band back together. Well, the orchestra. Just four months after the Syracuse Symphony filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, plans are now afoot to revive the defunct orchestra.

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City Opera Files Complaint Against Musicians Union; Saber Rattling Gets Louder

Friday, August 05, 2011

The struggling New York City Opera has accused the head of its musicians’ union of threatening members who choose to take work with the company without a contract in place.

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