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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, August 05, 2011
It was only a matter of time. Ravel’s Bolero, the world's longest and most seductive musical crescendo, has been given the flash-mob treatment.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Following in the footsteps of Fiorello LaGuardia, Rudolph Giuliani and David Dinkins, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will conduct the Encores! Orchestra at the re-opening of New York City Center on October 25.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
A Conservative Member of Parliament has admitted to taking drugs with violinist Nigel Kennedy and dancing with him at a nightclub in the latest twist in the British phone-hacking scandal.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Alex Steinweiss, who dreamed up the concept of album cover art in the 1930s and gave us the first examples of creatively illustrated record sleeves, died on July 17. He was 94. Check out some of his handiwork in this slideshow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.