In Memoriam: Classical Musicians Who Died in 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The year 2013 saw the passing of conductors and composers, directors and singers, among others who contributed to classical music. Scroll through the slideshow, and click on the individual photos for a full obituary.

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Top Essays on Classical Music of 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Before the New Year rings in, here are our top 6—there is one tie—plus a few extra honorable mentions of our favorite written features about classical music from 2013.

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Vienna Philharmonic Strips Ex-Nazis of Honors

Friday, December 20, 2013

The Vienna Philharmonic orchestra has quietly stripped six former senior Nazi officials of honors awarded them - a late act of contrition for its embrace of the Hitler era.

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Nuns Competed with ‘Fifty Shades’ For Top-Selling Classical Album of 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Billboard reports that the top-selling classical artists of 2013 were the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, a monastic order from rural Missouri. Their biggest rivals? "Fifty Shades of Grey."

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My Favorite Christmas Carol (This Year)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It usually happens around Thanksgiving. Some Christmas tune starts running around in my head and just doesn’t let go. Host Jeff Spurgeon tells us why Britten is on his mind.

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Once-Stolen Stradivarius Sells for $2.3 million

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

An antique Stradivarius violin that was stolen from its owner at a London railway station in 2010 has fetched almost 1.4 million pounds ($2.3 million) at auction.

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'A Christmas Story': Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and a BB Gun

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

While it hasn't been given much consideration, the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" has a classical music soundtrack. A film insider explains.

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High Notes and Low Tones for Classical Music in 2013

Monday, December 16, 2013

Every year brings concerts, recordings and opera productions. It also means new scandals and obsessions. Here are our arbitrarily granted citations for classical music in 2013.

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Tuba Christmas Rings Out at Rockefeller Center

Monday, December 16, 2013

“Heavy metal” took on a whole new meaning Sunday when more than 400 tuba and euphonium players belted out an array of holiday carols for the 40th annual Tuba Christmas.

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New Contract for New York Philharmonic

Friday, December 13, 2013

The New York Philharmonic and its musicians union announced an agreement Friday on a four-year labor contract.

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Locked-out Minnesota Orchestra Players Go Rogue with 10-Concert Season

Friday, December 13, 2013

The locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have announced a series of 10 self-produced concerts for the winter and spring.

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Video: Yo-Yo Ma Stuns Shoppers with Pop-Up Concert in Chicago Mall

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday shopping can be exhausting. And stressful. But a pop-up concert with Yo-Yo Ma can apparently draw shoppers away from their December to-do lists.

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Three Categories to Watch in the Classical Grammy Race

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Of the 81 Grammy categories, eight are devoted exclusively to classical music. Here are three categories to watch in advance of the awards.

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Kennedy Center Names its First Woman President

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was named president of the Kennedy Center, becoming the first woman to lead the performing arts center since it opened in 1971.

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WQXR's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

There’s still time to get the perfect present for the classical music lover on your list.

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Berlin Philharmonic Announces Fall 2014 Residency in New York

Monday, December 09, 2013

The Berlin Philharmonic on Monday announced a New York residency for October 2014 that will span six concerts and three of the city’s biggest cultural institutions.

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Milwaukee Symphony Faces 'Possible Extinction' Due to Budget Crisis

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Milwaukee Symphony plans to reduce the size of the ensemble and slash its performance schedule in an effort to address a multimillion-dollar budget deficit in its last fiscal year.

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Nelson Mandela, Sunsets and Classical Music

Thursday, December 05, 2013

In one often-repeated anecdote, one of Nelson Mandela's greatest pleasures was listening to classical recordings while watching the sunset.

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Benjamin Zander, Maestro Who Works to Motivate

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Benjamin Zander is known for being many things: a late-blooming conductor, a motivational speaker, an educator and Mahler specialist. What he’s not known for is shyness before a microphone.

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Metro-North Derailment Victim Beloved Member of NYC Chorus

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

A choral singer who was on her way to Manhattan for a performance of Handel’s Messiah was among the four victims in the Metro-North train derailment on Sunday.

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