Mostly Mozart Festival Music Director Louis Langrée Dons a New Chapeau

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Frenchman Louis Langrée, music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival, and a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, is the new music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard on Coughs, Ringtones and Wrappers

Monday, April 23, 2012

On Monday, the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard spoke with WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon about programming and the distractions a performer sometimes endures.

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Reflections on Lincoln Center's Redevelopment

Monday, April 23, 2012

Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the $1.2 billion renovation project at Lincoln Center -- from the addition of the high-end restaurant to the "visual bling" of the stairs leading up to the plaza.

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Yo-Yo Ma Joins White House Plan to Teach Arts in Failing Schools

Monday, April 23, 2012

The cellist Yo-Yo Ma joins Sarah Jessica Parker and Forest Whitaker in adopting some of the nation's worst-performing schools.

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New York Conductor Alondra de la Parra Takes Job in Mexico

Monday, April 23, 2012

Alondra de la Parra, the New York-born conductor who made a splash by forming her own orchestra while in her mid 20s, has a new job, as the artistic director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco.

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Muti brings Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Russia

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti performed in Russia on Wednesday for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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Tokyo String Quartet to Fold Next Season

Friday, April 20, 2012

One of the veteran ensembles in chamber music will give its final bow next year. The decision comes five months after two founding members of the ensemble announced their retirement.

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Pianist Fazil Say Under Investigation for Twitter Messages

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Istanbul prosecutor's office has launched an investigation against the pianist and composer Fazil Say over statements he made on Twitter about organized religion.

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Alec Baldwin Lobbies for Arts Funding

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Alec Baldwin visited the nation's capitol to press for increased federal funding for the arts after government dollars were cut last year. Arts funding is shaping up as an election-year issue.

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Kevin Puts's Silent Night wins Pulitzer for Music

Monday, April 16, 2012

Kevin Puts has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for 2012 for his Silent Night, his opera about a cease-fire during World War I.

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Beethoven Enters the 'Mad Men' Universe

Monday, April 16, 2012

A season of AMC's “Mad Men” that began with the French pop ditty "Zou Bisou Bisou" has now progressed to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

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Behind the Scenes at a WQXR Live Broadcast

Monday, April 16, 2012

What happens behind the scenes of a live broadcast can be just as thrilling as what goes out over the airwaves or Webcast. Watch our video on the making of a live broadcast.

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Two Summer Festivals Arrive, Like Birds of a Feather

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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On Wednesday, the Mostly Mozart Festival and the Bard Music Festival announced 2012 seasons that will feature respective nods to the animal kingdom.

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How the London Symphony Narrowly Avoided the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's long been known that the London Symphony Orchestra almost traveled to the U.S. aboard the Titanic. Now, new details have emerged as to why the orchestra avoided the doomed liner.

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'Lion King' is Broadway's All-Time Box Office King

Monday, April 09, 2012

Box office figures released Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from "The Phantom of the Opera."

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When Mike Wallace Interviewed Classical Musicians

Sunday, April 08, 2012

In a 65-year career, Mike Wallace took on presidents, tyrants, celebrities and other important historical figures. He also went into uncharted territory with some of the biggest names in classical music.

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The Consortium Conundrum: More Performances, Logistical Nightmares

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Composer Osvaldo Golijov's Sidereus sparked controversy recently, not just because it raised questions of originality but because it was funded through a consortium of 35 orchestras.

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The Met Museum Unveils 2012-13 Performance Season

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced its 2012-13 season of concerts, lectures and other performing arts events on Thursday, the first programmed by Limor Tomer.

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The Cellist of Sarajevo Plays in his City Again

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Twenty years ago, as mortar shells began raining down on Sarajevo, killing his friends and neighbors, Vedran Smajlovic did what he knew best to help the city: he played his cello at funerals, in bomb shelters and in the streets.

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Video: Is This the Most Difficult Piano Piece Ever Written?

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Watch this performance of Scarbo and tell us what you think: Is it the hardest piece ever? If not, what’s more difficult?

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