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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Israel Wagner Concert is Cancelled -- Again

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Israel Wagner Society thought it had found a suitable venue for a Wagner this coming Saturday at the Tel Aviv Hilton, but hotel officials reportedly changed their mind.

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Grammys Add Changes to Classical, Jazz, Latin Fields

Friday, June 08, 2012

A year after the Grammy Awards cut 31 categories, sparking protests and a lawsuit by Latin jazz musicians, the music organization has made more changes by adding three awards.

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'Mozart Effect' Author Don Campbell Dies at 65

Friday, June 08, 2012

Don Campbell, the author and entrepreneur whose best-selling books The Mozart Effect and The Mozart Effect for Children provocatively argued for music's power to build mental health, died June 2.

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Maestro, the DJ is Ready for his Concerto

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A number of orchestras are betting on the idea that electronic sounds can coexist in an acoustic format, and theatrical young DJs can attract audiences otherwise put off by concert hall formality.

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Delaware Symphony to Suspend Next Season

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1929, has suspended operations for next season because of a lack of financial support.

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London Symphony is Told to Fake it at the Olympics

Monday, June 04, 2012

Musicians in the London Symphony Orchestra are reportedly going to join the ranks of Milli Vanilli and mime their performance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

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Turkish Pianist Fazil Say Charged with Insulting Islam

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Turkish court has formally charged an internationally known Turkish pianist and composer with insulting Islamic religious values in comments he made on Twitter.

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Israeli Orchestra to Break Wagner Boycott

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

An Israeli orchestra is set to perform a work by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Tel Aviv.

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Russian Violinist Wins Queen Elisabeth Competition

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Russian violinist Andrey Baranov beat out 77 international participants to win the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Brussels. Watch his performance of the Shostakovich concerto.

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British Classical Radio Host Arrested in Zimbabwe

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Organizers of a classical music festival in Zimbabwe say authorities arrested a prominent British music personality at a concert in the second city of Bulawayo.

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Kaufmann Clarifies Lip Synching Incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Jonas Kaufmann says he lip synched his performance of the Champions League theme before last weekend's final in Munich. 

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Glenn Dicterow Announces Exit from New York Philharmonic

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Glenn Dicterow, the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for the past 32 years, announced Thursday that he will step down from the post at the end of the 2013-14 season.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Files Reorganization Plan

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thirteen months after it became the first major American orchestra to file for bankruptcy, the Philadelphia Orchestra said Wednesday it has filed a reorganization plan.

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Video: 'Nessun Dorma' Played on the Theremin

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Who needs human tenors? In this video, the Canadian Thereminist Peter Pringle performs "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot.

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'Mahler on the Couch' Recounts Fateful Therapy Session

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A famous meeting between Mahler and Freud forms the basis for “Mahler on the Couch.” The film explores whether therapy helped the composer get past his wife's adultery.

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UK Virtual Orchestra Puts You in Conductor's Stand

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A London museum is putting the conductor's baton in visitors' hands, allowing guests to direct a virtual orchestra using three-dimensional motion sensors.

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Philharmonic Replaces Mahler with Tchaikovsky, Debussy for Cathedral

Monday, May 21, 2012

The New York Philharmonic said Monday it will drop its scheduled performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony at its annual free Memorial Day concert.

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Van Cliburn's Art, Jewels Fetch $4.3M in NY Auction

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Art, jewelry and furnishings collected by the pianist Van Cliburn has fetched over $4.3 million at an auction in New York City.

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Transcendent Voice: Memories of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Friday, May 18, 2012

"Sometimes the anticipation of an event seeing someone perform can lead to disappointment. But not Fischer-Dieskau," writes Naomi Lewin.

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