Monday, February 27, 2012
Fayçal Karoui cited increasing conducting commitments abroad as too demanding to maintain the music director position.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Maurice André, the son of French miner who sparked an international renaissance for the solo trumpet, died Saturday at age 78. André was praised for his bright tone and seemingly effortless virtuosity.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Metropolitan Opera on Thursday evening announced its 2012-13 season, which will feature seven new productions – including two Met premieres – as well as 16 revivals and three complete Ring cycles.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
The New York Philharmonic announced its upcoming 2012-13 season Wednesday morning, one that will feature the composer Christopher Rouse and the pianist Emanuel Ax.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This Friday at 8pm, WQXR offers a live broadcast from Carnegie Hall: Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic playing Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.
It was that very piece that inspired the 12-year-old Rattle to become a conductor in the first place. Whether the orchestra’s 2010 live recording - or this Saturday’s live broadcast - achieve similar affect on others remains to be seen. Regardless, the developing relationship and choices of the Berlin Phil and its conductor/artistic director continue to captivate the classical music world.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Myung-whun Chung, the prominent South Korean conductor, met with officials from North Korea in Beijing to discuss a joint orchestra performance in Pyongyang, local media reported Monday.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Emerson String Quartet, one of the most respected string quartets of its era, has lost a member for the first time in 34 years.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Leif Ove Andsnes is now on the north side of age 40 and is 25 years into a busy concert career but he’s not setting out to buy a Porsche or stage a midlife crisis yet.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Joyce DiDonato, Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams and Eric Whitacre are among the 2012 Grammy winners.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
"When I hear recordings by pianist Rudolf Firkušny, whose was born on February 11, 1912, the word that comes to mind every time is 'warmth,'" writes Jeff Spurgeon.
Thursday, February 09, 2012
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra officials insist it's not "American Idol" meets Mozart.