Five Things Every Smart Concertgoer Should Do in May

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tip No. 1: Buy your tickets – and reserve hotel rooms – for summer destination festivals.

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Denver Urges Colorado Symphony to Cancel Marijuana Concerts

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Denver city attorney's office issued letters Thursday warning the orchestra that the series could violate state laws against public consumption of marijuana.

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A Rare American Oratorio to be Heard, Uninterrupted

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The Cincinnati Symphony visits with an oratorio by black Canadian-American composer R. Nathaniel Dett — a work whose 1937 premiere was weirdly cut short.

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Seattle Symphony to Mix Sea, Sand and a Pulitzer Winner at Carnegie Hall

Monday, May 05, 2014

John Luther Adams's Become Ocean will headline a concert Tuesday devoted to sea and sand that includes Debussy's La mer and an Edgard Varèse piece inspired by the New Mexico desert.
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WQXR Dabbled in Rock Music in 1969

Monday, May 05, 2014

It's 1969 on the new season of AMC's "Mad Men" and culture clashes are everywhere. Here's what was taking place at WQXR that year.

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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber 'Devastated' Over End of Career

Monday, April 28, 2014

"There were so many exciting plans that cannot now come to fruition," said the cellist. "I have had an immensely fulfilling career."

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Arts Audiences are Increasingly Restless and Fickle, Study Finds

Monday, April 28, 2014

Arts organizations face increasingly fickle, choosy audiences, who are far less loyal and increasingly motivated by the social aspects of attending events, according to a new study of audience behavior.

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Atlanta Symphony Comes to NYC With Britten's Profound War Requiem

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Join us for a live broadcast of the ASO in Britten's War Requiem on Wednesday at 8 pm.

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Video: Could These Drones Replace a Live Orchestra?

Friday, April 25, 2014

A startup called KMel Robotics this week released a YouTube video of its programmed drones playing Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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Osmo Vänskä Returns as Minnesota Orchestra Music Head

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conductor Osmo Vanska is returning after having resigned in October during a lockout of musicians that lasted 16 months.

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BBC Proms Festival to Commemorate WWI Centenary

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The world's biggest music festival will mark the 100th anniversary this summer of the outbreak of the World War I.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Shakespeare and Music

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How well do you know your William? Are you brainy about the Bard?

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Mariss Jansons to Leave Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 71-year-old Jansons has led the Dutch orchestra since 2004. The orchestra and conductor stated that they are parting on excellent terms.

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5 Classical Music Gems from the Pathé Newsreel Archive

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Film archive company British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of historic films to YouTube, making more than 85,000 rare 20th century videos available to the public.

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Is Handel's Messiah Anti-Semitic?

Friday, April 18, 2014

A new book argues that Handel's Hallelujah chorus from Messiah was designed not to honor the birth or resurrection of Jesus but to celebrate the destruction of Jerusalem.

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NJ Choral Singer Collapses and Dies at Walt Disney Hall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A choral singer collapsed and died at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on Monday, the first death of a musician at the venue since its 2003 opening.

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Neville Marriner, Prolific English Conductor, Active at 90

Monday, April 14, 2014

To commemorate the 90th birthday of English conductor Neville Marriner on Tuesday, there was no shortage of recordings for WQXR to choose from.

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John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean Wins Pulitzer Prize for Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

John Luther Adams’s Become Ocean has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music. Commissioned by Seattle Symphony, it carries a message about the impact of climate change.

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Injured Lorin Maazel Cancels More Concerts, With Wide Repercussions

Monday, April 14, 2014

An unnamed accident has caused Lorin Maazel to drop out of a series of high-profile concerts this spring, the latest being the Boston Symphony Orchestra's 10-day tour to Japan and China.

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Chicago Classical Station Hits Pledge Drive Record By Using Obscure Piano CD

Monday, April 14, 2014

WFMT hit a one-day record for a pledge drive by relying solely on the music of Vera Gornostaeva, an 84-year-old Russian pianist who spent the peak of her career shrouded behind the Iron Curtain.

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