Leonard Slatkin: Why I Invited Listeners to Snap Photos During a Concert

Friday, February 28, 2014

Leonard Slatkin says he's been surprising patrons during the Detroit Symphony's six-date Florida tour by inviting them to take photos of the performances on their phones.
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Little Orchestra Society Turns to Audiences to Select a New Name

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Little Orchestra Society is looking to rename itself and is asking audiences for their input. "We’re looking at everything afresh," said the group's new music director.

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Paco de Lucia: A Flamenco Master's Foray into Classical Music

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paco de Lucia, widely considered to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died on Wednesday at age 66, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.

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Cello Duo Scores YouTube Hit with Heavy-Metal Cover

Monday, February 24, 2014

The crossover cello duo known as 2Cellos has scored a viral video hit with a theatrical cover of the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck.”

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Photos: Classical Musicians in the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The pianist Denis Matsuev, violist Yuri Bashmet, soprano Sumi Jo and conductor Valery Gergiev were among the performers in the Olympics closing ceremony.

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Christie's to Auction Van Cliburn Estate Items

Friday, February 21, 2014

Hundreds of items from the estate of the celebrated pianist Van Cliburn are scheduled to go up for auction next month. An 1869 Bechstein anyone?

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Gustavo Dudamel Responds to Furor Over Venezuela Concert

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel has responded to sharp criticism that he conducted a high-profile concert in his native Venezuela on the same day that anti-government protests in Caracas had spawned violent clashes.

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Watch: The Classical Music Comedy of Sid Caesar

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Comedian Sid Caesar, who died Wednesday at age 91, is being remembered as a genius of television and comedy. Yet he had some serious musical experience too.

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Preservation Battles for Bach, Ives Homes Take Unusual Twists

Friday, February 14, 2014

While many former homes of history’s composers have been destroyed by war, natural disaster or workaday real estate development, campaigners have increasingly sought to preserve what remains.

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Stifle that Cough! Say Carnegie Hall Patrons

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

During Tuesday night's Carnegie Hall Live broadcast, we confronted several patrons in the hall's lobby to ask: What do you do when you have to cough at a concert?

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Long-Haul Conductor Daniele Gatti Cancels with Injury

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's not quite the curse of the Ring, but frequent Wagner conductor Daniele Gatti has been struck down by a repetitive strain injury in his shoulders, forcing him to cancel two months of concerts.

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Concert to Recreate Rhapsody in Blue Premiere on its 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ninety years to the day after its world premiere, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, along with the rest of the works on that 1924 concert, are being performed Wednesday at Town Hall.

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Timeline: The Beatles Meet Classical Music

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Beatles helped to erase the once rigid boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. Check out a timeline that outlines some of the major intersections between their work and classical music.

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Stolen Stradivarius Recovered from Milwaukee Attic

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The rare multimillion dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last month in Wisconsin has been recovered, police said Thursday.

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Watch: Daniil Trifonov Plays Debussy and Original Piece

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The 22-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performs Debussy's Reflets dans l'eau and an original piece in The Greene Space.

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Riccardo Muti to Lead Chicago Symphony Through 2020

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Maestro Riccardo Muti has extended his contract with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through 2020.

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Memphis Symphony Prepares to 'Wind Down' Operations

Monday, February 03, 2014

Fifty-four years after its founding, the Memphis Symphony has declared that it will “wind down” its operation at the end of the season, after years of sluggish box-office sales and a drop in giving.

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Classical Music in 2014 Super Bowl Ads

Sunday, February 02, 2014

In keeping with an annual tradition, here are the 2014 Super Bowl commercials that featured classical music.

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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Black Classical Music History

Saturday, February 01, 2014

WQXR will present a number of special programs and features throughout Black History Month. Test your knowledge of black classical music history in our quiz.

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27-Day South Africa Festival Highlights Carnegie Hall's 14-15 Season

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Less than two months after Nelson Mandela died, Carnegie Hall said on Wednesday that it will stage a 27-day "Music and Arts of South Africa" festival this autumn.

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