Disco Queen Donna Summer Sang with Vienna Opera

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Although best known for her numerous disco-era hits, Donna Summer, who died Thursday at 63, got her start singing in musical theater and opera.

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Van Cliburn Talks Fame, Audiences and Self-Doubt at NYPL

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The 77-year-old piano legend is downscaling at the moment, preparing to sell his personal items at Christie's. The process has put him in a reflective mood.

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Four Worthy Alternatives to Standard Orchestral Works

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Last week's Spring for Music festival sought to highlight the most creative programming among orchestras. Here are four recordings that should deliver more discoveries.

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Musicians Suing for $200M After Costa Concordia Wreck

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A $200 million lawsuit has been filed in New York federal court on behalf of four Hungarian musicians and dancers aboard the Costa Concordia cruise ship that capsized off the coast of Italy in January.

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Pope Names Composer Hildegard of Bingen a Saint

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI officially declared the 12th-century composer, mystic, author and physician Hildegard von Bingen to be a saint on Thursday.

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Roman Totenberg, Violinist and Master Teacher, Dies at 101

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Roman Totenberg, a violin instructor from Poland whose nine-decade career featured concert performances before kings and presidents and helped produce dozens of accomplished musicians, has died at age 101.

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Marc-André Hamelin to Tackle Monster Concerto

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Busoni's Piano Concerto is the biggest in the repertoire: five movements, 70 minutes long, both enigmatically philosophical and riotously tuneful, and augmented with a male chorus in the finale to boot.

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Stradivarius Cello, Worth $20M, Broken in Accident in Spain

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A Stradivarius cello housed at the Spanish Royal Palace was broken in an accident, an official said Monday. The instrument could be worth more than $20 million.

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Classical Music Fueled Maurice Sendak's Creative Muse

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Brooklyn-born illustrator and author Maurice Sendak also made his mark in classical music. He talks about his favorite pieces in a 1981 interview on WQXR.

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Video: Copenhagen Philharmonic Surprises Subway Riders with Grieg

Monday, May 07, 2012

Having previously staged a flash-mob performance of Ravel's Bolero in Copenhagen's Central Station, the Danish orchestra took the next logical step.

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Philharmonic Changes Summer Schedule to Relieve Park Grass

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The 13 acres of carefully-manicured Kentucky bluegrass that blanket Central Park’s Great Lawn may get a reprieve this summer when the New York Philharmonic returns for its two summer parks concerts in July.

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Detroit Symphony Names Yoonshin Song as New Concertmaster

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Yoonshin Song, a 30-year-old violinist who has played with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2010, is the new concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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How to Reinvent the Role of the Music Critic

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

In the past seven years, more than half of all arts journalism jobs have been eliminated in American newsrooms. A new project seeks new models for local arts journalism in the digital age.

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Commentary: When 'Dancing with the Stars' Gets Classical

Monday, April 30, 2012

This week, one of the hottest shows on TV today, "Dancing with the Stars," has embraced classical music for the second year in a row. Elliott Forrest thinks it's a good thing.

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Hugo Fiorato, Founder of WQXR String Quartet, Dies at 97

Monday, April 30, 2012

The conductor and violinist Hugo Fiorato, a founding member of the WQXR String Quartet and a fixture with the New York City Ballet, died April 23 at the age of 97.

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Masur Fractured Shoulder Blade in Paris Accident

Monday, April 30, 2012

Conductor Kurt Masur fractured his shoulder blade when he lost his balance and fell off the stage at a concert in Paris on Thursday night, his assistant said on Monday.

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Smaller Arts Grants Awarded for PBS Shows

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded significantly smaller grants to established PBS programs this year.

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Conductor Kurt Masur Falls Off Podium During Concert

Friday, April 27, 2012

Former New York Philharmonic music director Kurt Masur fell off the podium at a concert in Paris as he was leading the Orchestre National de France, a spokeswoman for the orchestra said.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Details Upcoming China Trip

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra will travel to China next month for a packed schedule of concerts in four cities, master classes, cultural exchange forums and community outreach.

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Philly Orchestra, Musicians' Pension Fund Settle

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra says it has reached a settlement with the national pension fund representing musicians for the financially struggling organization.

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