Ivory Ticklers: Six Funny Classical Piano Comedy Routines

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Although comedy and classical music might seem like an oxymoron, celebrated humorists have fused the two for decades. For this April 1st, here are six standouts.

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New York Philharmonic to Summer in Santa Barbara

Monday, March 31, 2014

The New York Philharmonic on Monday announced a four-year partnership with the Music Academy of the West, a summer festival and school for aspiring professional musicians in Santa Barbara, CA.

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No Time for a Symphony? Try a Ringtone, Says Spektral Quartet

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Spektral Quartet, from Chicago, has just commissioned 47 composers to write ringtones, alarms and text message alerts for cellphones.

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Rare Stradivarius Viola Could Bring $45M at Sale

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A rare 1719 Stradivarius viola is expected to sell for more than $45 million in a private sale.

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Flash Mob: Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' Takes Over Ukraine Market

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Watch what happens as the Odessa Philharmonic and Opera Chorus stage an "Ode to Joy” flash mob performance in the middle of the city's bustling bazaar.

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Gustavo Dudamel Withdraws from New York Philharmonic Concerts

Monday, March 24, 2014

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel has withdrawn from this week's scheduled concerts with the New York Philharmonic, citing a severe flu.

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Video: One-Minute Opera on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The composer Michel van der Aa has created a one-minute opera for a Dutch television show about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.

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Minnesota Orchestra CEO Michael Henson to Step Down

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra said Thursday that its president and CEO Michael Henson will resign this fall, ending a seven-year tenure that saw both record fundraising and severe labor turmoil.

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What's the Sound of Springtime in Classical Music?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Is there a place for season-specific programming in classical music? Must summer always mean pops and winter heartier fare? And what should signify spring? Tell us as we mark the first day of the Vernal Equinox.

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Jeremy Denk Wins Avery Fisher Prize

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jeremy Denk, the pianist, writer and recent MacArthur Fellow, has been given the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, a $75,000 award to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in music.

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Musical Chairs on Piano Row as Klavierhaus Moves Out

Monday, March 17, 2014

New York's Piano Row just got a bit smaller. Klavierhaus, a favored haunt for international pianists since the 1990s, on Monday moved out of its storefront headquarters on West 58th St.

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James Galway Talks Irish Music, Plays the Tin Whistle

Monday, March 17, 2014

"The Man With the Golden Flute" joined Jeff Spurgeon on St. Patrick's Day to talk about his Irish upbringing and a new online teaching method for flute.

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Album Spotlight: John Adams's Gospel a Pointed Social Critique

Sunday, March 16, 2014

John Adams's The Gospel According to the Other Mary is a stepping-off point to confront oppression through the ages, with the Biblical story fluidly cross-cutting with scenes of modern life.

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Collapsed East Harlem Building Owned by Piano Shop Proprietor

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

One of two East Harlem buildings that collapsed Wednesday morning after an apparent explosion was owned by the proprietor of Absolute Piano, a neighborhood shop.

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'Mozart in the Jungle': Amazon Studios Picks Up Classical Music Tell-All

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mozart in the Jungle, oboist Blair Tindall's tell-all memoir of life as a freelance musician in New York City, will be made into a 10-episode series for Amazon Studios, Variety reported on Tuesday.

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Study: Audiences Identify Top Orchestras by Appearance More Than Sound

Monday, March 10, 2014

When it comes to judging a performance, audiences are just as likely to focus on an orchestra’s stage presence as its musical prowess, according to a newly-published study.

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Man Lauded as Japan Beethoven Sorry for Fake Work

Sunday, March 09, 2014

The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed that his famed compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.

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New Owners Vow to Preserve Embattled Charles Ives House

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Nearly two years after a preservation battle began for Charles Ives's former Connecticut home, the new owners are speaking about it for the first time.

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Boston Symphony Announces First Season with Andris Nelsons

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The Andris Nelsons era at the Boston Symphony Orchestra began to take shape on Wednesday, as the BSO's 15th music director announced plans for his first season.

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Five Reasons Why C.P.E. Bach Matters

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Although C.P.E. has long been overshadowed by his famous dad, the 300th anniversary of his birth is an opportunity to get to know his standout compositions. Here are five reasons why he matters.

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