Video: Seattle Symphony Gets Wild with Sir Mix-a-Lot

Monday, June 09, 2014

One month ago, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra was heard on WQXR performing a Pulitzer Prize winning piece at Carnegie Hall. On Friday night, this happened.

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Richard Strauss's 10 Golden Rules for Young Conductors

Monday, June 09, 2014

Rule No. 2: "You should not perspire when conducting. Only the audience should get warm." No. 4: "Never look encouragingly at the brass."

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Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Ailing, Retires from Conducting

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

"With deep sorrow I am not able to conduct at my standards and the moment to quit professional matters has come," the Spanish conductor said.

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How Beethoven Rallied Students During the Tiananmen Square Uprising

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony could offer a musical analog to the image of the lone protester confronting the tank in the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising in China.

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JFK Airport Customs Officials Seize Budapest Orchestra's Violin Bows

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Budapest Festival Orchestra says that U.S. Customs officials at JFK Airport seized seven bows from the orchestra's string section on Saturday. Here's why.

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What Pieces Should Be Played on the East River Piano?

Sunday, June 01, 2014

If the piano that washed up beneath the Brooklyn Bridge could be salvaged, and left in its current location, what sort of pieces would you want to hear?

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10 Musical Gems from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Massive Image Archive

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been digitizing its vast archives, and this month released for download the first installment on its website.

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New York Philharmonic Assistant to Jacksonville Symphony

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Courtney Lewis, once described Lewis as "charming, handsome and so properly British," has been named music director of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida.

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Video: Barred from Flight, Violinists Play Bach on Tarmac

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two classical violinists said they were barred from boarding a US Airways flight on Monday because they refused to stow their violins in the hold at the request of gate staff. So they did what seemed only logical.

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Just Call it 'Eau de Lang Lang'

Monday, May 26, 2014

Want to smell like Lang Lang? Try jasmine, kyara wood, pink and black pepper, kumquat, bergamotte, gardenia, lavender, cedar wood, vetiver, patchouli and musk.

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Philadelphia Orchestra to Video Stream Concert From China

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Philadelphia Orchestra, looking to add some sizzle to third annual tour of China, will video stream its concert on Sunday from Shanghai.

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Mozart Manuscript Auctions for $1 Million

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It appears that a remarkable backstory may have helped to drive up the auction price of a five-page Mozart manuscript.

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Map: 15 New York-Area Summer Music Festivals for 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Summer festival season is finally upon us. Consult our lawn-by-lawn guide to the tristate region's top offerings.

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First Lady: Arts Education Good for Good Schools

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

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Video: Pianists Bring Interpretive Dance to Rite of Spring

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The pianists Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano have teamed up for an edgy music video featuring an arrangement of The Rite of Spring. The video is a departure for Ott.

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Mozart Manuscript that Evaded the Nazis Up for Sale on Tuesday

Sunday, May 18, 2014

An incomplete Kyrie by Mozart has resurfaced and will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, where it is expected to fetch from $500,000 to $800,000.

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Top Five Drug-Inspired Classical Pieces

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Colorado Symphony's cannabis concerts raised several issues, among them, the fact that drugs have played a significant role in the creation of some classical compositions. Here are the top five.

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Aural Argument? Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Supreme Court

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ma entertained Wednesday at the court's annual spring musical concert in an ornate conference room beneath portraits of Chief Justices Warren Burger and William Rehnquist.

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Metropolitan Opera Principal Clarinetist Headed to New York Philharmonic

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

For the New York Philharmonic, it may be a case of third time's a charm.
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Video: Here's How to Make a Violin from Human Hair

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

To show that anyone can make music, the London-based artist Tadas Maksimovas has used his hip-length hair as the medium in a violin performance project.

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