He Can Sing a Stirring Otello But Can Domingo Stop Piracy?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Placido Domingo, the peripatetic tenor, conductor and opera house impresario, added another feather to his cap on Tuesday: as the new chairman of IFPI, a British trade group representing the recording industry.

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Glimmerglass Review: If You Build It, They Will Sing

Friday, July 22, 2011

Situated on 26 acres of farmland on the bank of Otsego Lake a few miles north of Cooperstown, NY is the Alice Busch Opera Theater. It’s not where you might expect to find one of America’s largest summer opera festivals, but driving so far out of the way to find the Glimmerglass Festival is one of the biggest reasons why it makes for such a wonderful weekend trip.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Harmonious, But Struggling with Debt

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is the example of an orchestra for which everything seemed to be going well. Now it's reported that the orchestra is in considerable debt.

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How to Define the Russian Musical Spirit

Monday, July 18, 2011

Last week, American pianist, Van Cliburn celebrated his 77th birthday. This came just weeks after the Russians gave Cliburn a warm welcome when he returned to their country to serve as honorary juror in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was a true hero "returning home" 53 years after winning the country’s premiere musical competition at the height of the Cold War.

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Russian Conductor Says He Was Fired After Criticizing Putin

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mikhail Arkadyev, the conductor of Vladivostok's Pacific Symphony Orchestra, found out what happens when you refuse to get on board in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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City Opera's Next Season to Include Telemann in Harlem, Verdi in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Leaked details of New York City Opera’s 2011-12 season show that the financially ailing opera company will travel to at least three different venues bringing a mix of standard and offbeat repertoire.

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Vinyl Records Find a Second Life on the Dinner Table

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Over the years, some of the most popular questions we've fielded here at WQXR have to do to do with old record collections – especially 78’s.  Can the records be sold? Can they be given to schools… or libraries? Surely there must be a place of honor for these cherished musical memories that have been preserved with such loving care. After all, some fabulous performances risk being forgotten forever if the records are simply discarded, right? And what about the ongoing "quality" discussion? I mean, do LP's actually sound better than CDs or downloads?     

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How the Toronto Symphony Lures the Under-35 Crowd

Monday, July 04, 2011

In an orchestra world pummeled by strikes, deficits and closures, some recent news from the Toronto Symphony has been far brighter. This month, the orchestra reported that 35% of its audience is younger than 35 years old.

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How To Score A Fireworks Display

Friday, July 01, 2011

Not merely an afterthought tacked on by the producers of the television simulcast, music is a formative ingredient in some of the country’s biggest fireworks shows. In New York, it’s a process that starts almost a year in advance.

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What Makes It Pop?

Friday, June 24, 2011

As we approach the Fourth of July, we'd like to know: What do you think makes for a great pops concert?

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Financially Troubled Philadelphia Orchestra Announces Millions in Donations

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After filing for bankruptcy in April, the 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra announced an aid package potentially worth $45 million on Wednesday.

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A Little Liszt, Some Rach and a Chorus of MTA Buses

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

For the second year in a row, WQXR jumped into the June 21st "Make Music New York" festival with both feet. Actually, with many more feet than that -- Jeff Spurgeon and I both sang, accompanied by Jing Li, who's a member of the WQXR music team, and we brought along an audio/video crew of three to capture it for you to enjoy on our Web site.

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The Naumburg Bandshell: A New York Icon

Monday, June 20, 2011

Have you ever been to a free concert at The Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park? If you haven’t, you should plan to go before the summer is over. It’s one of most unique experiences New York has to offer.

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In a School of 'Fame,' an Awakening of Renaissance Music

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LaGuardia High School, best known as the school upon which the movie and TV show "Fame" was based, is about to get its first Renaissance music club. Kids will learn instruments like the crumhorn and recorder.

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The Great(?) Outdoors

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

I've sung plenty of outdoor gigs (including WQXR's appearance last summer at the "Play Me I'm Yours" piano near Columbus Circle, where the video producer was kind enough to cut away at the point when I nearly tripped over a tree root in mid "Amour!"). Outdoor performances proliferate in summer -- and so do the hazards that come with them.

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James Levine Gets The PBS Treatment

Monday, June 06, 2011

Last week, PBS aired a program in its American Masters series called James Levine: America's Maestro. The show included great footage showing how James Levine gets the results he does from his musicians, and interesting insights from some of the people who work with him. If you missed it, you can watch it online, through June 16.

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Backstage with Two Boys

Monday, June 06, 2011

I have always relished the feeling of being “backstage.” There’s a crazy lovely thing that happens when you get to feel a sort of ownership for a huge historical building or site, be it a concert hall, a cathedral or a museum. When I was a little kid, I spent the summers at Tanglewood in the Berkshires, where my parents taught. This was a Tanglewood more or less unchanged from the days of Koussevitzky, where Bernstein and Copland were to be found eating in the cafeteria, and where Seiji Ozawa could be found zooming around in his sports car.

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What’s So Special about Gilbert and Sullivan? Or We’ve Got a Little List...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

With the first-ever Gilbert and Sullivan sing-along taking place at Symphony Space and Caramoor kicking off its summer season with H.M.S. Pinafore, Naomi Lewin and Midge Woolsey talk about the timeless charm of the dynamic operetta duo.

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Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher: Carnegie Hall at 100

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Host Midge Woolsey reminisces about hosting Carnegie Hall's 100th anniversary celebration.

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Up Close and Personal at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Ever since moving to New York City for graduate school, I have tried to attend as many concerts as possible at Carnegie Hall. I can say without a New Yorker's bias that every event I have seen there has been inspiring -- from Brahms symphonies performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, to Ravel's Gaspard played by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, to new songs written and performed by Brad Mehldau and Renée Fleming, to my own father playing with the China Philharmonic on tour. But nothing was comparable to a recital I heard last week. This time, I sat on stage, merely fifteen feet away, in a recital by violist Yuri Bashmet and pianist Evgeny Kissin.

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