Mark O'Connor's Prized Violin Damaged in Backstage Accident

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Mark O'Connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage Monday night in Sioux Falls, SD, causing several major cracks in the wood. He tells Elliott Forrest how it happened.

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Study Casts New Doubt on Superiority of Stradivarius Violins

Monday, April 07, 2014

So you think you can tell a fine Stradivarius from a modern violin without reading the label? If not, you're in good company: Neither can several professional violin soloists.

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Listen: Los Angeles Philharmonic Keeps Playing During Earthquake

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has released an audio recording of its performance on March 30, during which a 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Walt Disney Concert Hall as the orchestra played Ravel.

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Top 5 Classical Music Moments on the 'Late Show with David Letterman'

Friday, April 04, 2014

In his 30-plus years at the helm of late night shows, David Letterman has played host to thousands of musicians. Every so often a classical performer would sneak into the mix.

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Itzhak Perlman Airport Incident Prompts Apology, Donation

Friday, April 04, 2014

Days after an airline worker abandoned Itzhak Perlman with his violin, crutches and luggage at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Air Canada has offered an apology and a donation.

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Conducting Guru Claims Women Shouldn't Be Conductors

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Another outcry has arisen from comments about women being unsuitable to be conductors. "Some of them are making faces, sweating and fussing," he said.
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Violinist Gil Shaham Takes On a New Role: Crime Fighter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Reports of train stations and shopping malls blaring classical music to chase off vagrants, vandals and ne'er-do-wells have been making headlines for over a decade. Gil Shaham decided to act.

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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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