City Ballet Conductor Steps Down to Pursue European Career

Monday, February 27, 2012

Fayçal Karoui cited increasing conducting commitments abroad as too demanding to maintain the music director position.

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Howard Kissel, Longtime Arts Critic, Dies at 69

Monday, February 27, 2012

Howard Kissel, longtime cultural critic and classical music supporter, died Friday of complications due to a liver transplant. He was 69.

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Maurice André, Regarded as World's Greatest Solo Trumpeter, Dies at 78

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.

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Metropolitan Opera's 2012-13 Season Celebrates Wagner and Verdi Birthday Bicentennials

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.

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Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna: The Plot Thickens

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

If only the plot worked, Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna, his debut opera, might be on track to becoming a real addition to the 21st-century canon.

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New York Philharmonic Announces New Season's Schedule

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.

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A Music Maker Happy to be a Conduit

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Adam Abeshouse has a job description that charts many paths: therapist and coach for hyper-sensitive artists; a "microphone junkie" who knows his gear; and a facilitator who understands how music should sound.

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A 21st-Century Orchestra Harkens Back to the 1890s

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.

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S. Korean Conductor Discusses Joint Concert with North

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.

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Understanding a Career Killer: Focal Dystonia

Monday, February 20, 2012

About one to two percent of professional musicians will develop focal dystonia, potentially ruining their careers. Yet its precise cause remains unknown.

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The Dude's Big Homecoming in Caracas

Friday, February 17, 2012

Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema's poster boy, takes Los Angeles Philharmonic to his homeland. The visit comes fresh from winning a Grammy.

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Music to Soothe the Domesticated Beast

Thursday, February 16, 2012

In recent years a small but surprising cottage industry has emerged of recordings focused on calming, entertaining and uplifting pets. But do they actually work?

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Charles Anthony, Met Record-Holder, Dies at 82

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Charles Anthony, a character singer who set the record for most appearances at the Metropolitan Opera - 2,928 - during a career that spanned from 1954 to 2010, died Wednesday. He was 82.

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A String Quartet Creates a Soundtrack for Divorce

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

What do you do for a couple who is getting a divorce? A happily married violinist and percussionist in New York came up with an unlikely concept album.

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Emerson String Quartet's David Finckel Bows Out After 34 Years

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.

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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Enters Midlife with Curiosity Intact

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.

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Detroit Symphony Webcast Sets Viewer Record

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Detroit symphony has set what it believes is a record for the most viewers of a live, online performance by a U.S. symphonic group.

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Classical Grammy Winners Include a DVD and Download-Only Release

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Joyce DiDonato, Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams and Eric Whitacre are among the 2012 Grammy winners.

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Remembering Rudolf Firkušny, Pianist of Refinement and Warmth

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.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Seeks Soloist via YouTube Contest

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra officials insist it's not "American Idol" meets Mozart.

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