New Orchestra Seeks Hip Young Audience in New Jersey

Monday, April 02, 2012

New Jersey has, in recent times, been mostly a backwater when it comes to start-up orchestras that specialize in contemporary programming and offbeat formats. But no longer.

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Putin Praises Rostropovich at Moscow Sculpture Unveiling

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Mstislav Rostropovich, the cellist and conductor who was an outspoken champion of artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, has been honored with a monument in downtown Moscow.

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Faded Virtuoso Tangles with Stubborn Violin Maker in 'The Morini Strad'

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The play "The Morini Strad" explores the uneasy bond that develops between an ornery former violin prodigy and a violin maker whom she hires to restore and sell her precious Stradivarius.

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Manhattan School of Music President to Step Down

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Manhattan School of Music president Robert Sirota announced Wednesday he will step down this fall in order to devote more time to composing.

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Classical Music to Match 'Hunger Games'' Dystopian Vision?

Monday, March 26, 2012

What if “Hunger Games” had used classical music? After all, it’s been done in many post-apocalyptic films from “A Clockwork Orange” to “V for Vendetta” and “Children of Men." Take our poll.

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Classical Music Helps Mice Recover from Heart Transplants

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mice with heart transplants survived nearly twice as long if they listened to classical music than pop tunes after an operation, according to Japanese researchers.

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Newly Discovered Mozart Piece Performed

Friday, March 23, 2012

A piano work experts attribute to Mozart as a child prodigy was performed for the first time Friday since it was found last year after apparently being left in an attic for centuries.

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Bach's St. John Passion: Ravishing and Disputed

Thursday, March 22, 2012

When Les Violons du Roy present Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, they'll take on a work that's admired for its sweeping drama but also disputed for its texts.

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Nonprofit: North Korea Orchestra Plans to Visit US

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

An Atlanta-based nonprofit is planning to bring North Korea's national orchestra to the U.S. for a tour that would start in Atlanta, according to the group's president.

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Watch: Pianist with Synesthesia Performs Bach in Living Color

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What does Bach "look like" to someone with synesthesia? Here's one pianist's hallucinogenic take on the condition, using a fugue by Bach.

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Lincoln Center's First In-Concert Wedding Surprises Choral Music Audience

Monday, March 19, 2012

Intermission during a choral music concert at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday featured more than the usual chitchat, pricey drinks and hurried trips to the restroom.

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Met Opera Names 2012 National Council Auditions Winners

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The American Idol of Opera, the Met's National Council Auditions, concluded on Sunday afternoon, yielding five winners from nine finalists.

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Sumo Wrestlers Recruited for Canadian opera

Friday, March 16, 2012

Talk about a couple of heavyweight performances: The Canadian Opera Company has cast two sumo wrestlers for an upcoming production of Handel's Semele.

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Musicians Protest Use of Canned Music at Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As musicians staged a rally in front of Lincoln Center Tuesday night, the dance company said that it doesn't currently have the resources to support it.

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'Sound of Noise' Film Portrays Musical Crime Spree

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Anyone who has gotten a chuckle from the pretensions of avant-garde music or the formalized rituals of orchestral concerts will surely recognize the humor in a film comedy from Sweden called "Sound of Noise.”

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L'Arpeggiata Takes Baroque Traditions off the Page

Monday, March 12, 2012

French period-instrument group L'Arpeggiata keeps feet in both the classical and the folk camps. Get a free download here.

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Fistfight Breaks out at Chicago Symphony Concert

Saturday, March 10, 2012

It was an unusual backdrop for a fistfight: Maestro Riccardo Muti was nearly through the second movement of Brahms Symphony No. 2 at the normally staid Chicago Symphony Orchestra when two patrons went at it. UPDATED 3/13.

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Behind the Rash of Tuba Thefts in California

Friday, March 09, 2012

They've still got their trombones and their trumpets, their cornets and their clarinets.

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Ozawa Joins Growing Number of Conductors on Disabled List

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Lately the orchestra world's list of veteran conductors on the disabled list has been notably high, even for a profession that makes big demands on one's physical stamina.

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Golijov Defends Creative Process in Times Interview

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In the wake of the fracas over the authorship of his orchestral piece Sidereus, Osvaldo Golijov has broken his silence in an interview with the New York Times.

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