Brian Wise

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Mozart?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Are you Mensa on Mozart or more "meh?" Test your knowledge of all things Mozart with our online quiz. We'll have a new one each week.

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Gallery: Ten Classical Musicians We'd Invite to a Halloween Party

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some classical musicians have a special knack for getting in the spirit of creepy characters and spooky alter-egos. On this Halloween, here are ten standouts.

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Gardiner: J.S. Bach Was a Hooligan in his Youth

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.

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Chamber Music Society to Summer in Saratoga

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nothing caps a day of betting on the ponies like a night of chamber music. That's what the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is gambling as it establishes a new summer home in Saratoga Springs, NY.

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What Lou Reed Gave Classical Music

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The rock 'n' roll iconoclast was more than punk's most important ancestor. But his career with the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist inspired many classical musicians who yearned to walk on the wild side.

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Lincoln Center Expands Bargain Ticket Booth

Friday, October 25, 2013

Uptown performing arts organizations are getting their own version of the TKTS Booth.

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Pianist Christian Zacharias Halts Concert to Berate Cellphone User

Friday, October 25, 2013

The pianist Christian Zacharias halted a performance Wednesday night with the Gothenburg Symphony after an audience member's phone began to ring. See what happens next.

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On Major Podiums, Still a Man's World?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Of the 20 largest orchestras in the U.S., only the Baltimore Symphony has a woman music director. In this podcast, three experts consider the obstacles facing women in the field.

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Video: Boston Symphony vs. St. Louis Symphony in a World Series Faceoff

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The brass sections of the Boston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras are sounding off for their respective hometown teams in the World Series.

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Here are the Most Expensive Violins of All Time

Monday, October 21, 2013

The high auction price of the "Titanic Violin" mirrors the price rises in the rare string instrument trade over the past decade. Here are the top ten.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic, Innovative But Sounding a Troubled Tune

Friday, October 18, 2013

The 60-year-old Philharmonic faces an uncertain future: the website has been offline for months and its music director is no longer with the orchestra. Can Brooklyn be a home to classical music?

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'Titanic Violin' Expected to Fetch $300,000 at Auction

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The violin believed to have been played by the bandleader as the Titanic sank is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $400,000 when it goes up for auction this weekend in Wiltshire, England.

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Politicians a No-Show at Washington Opera; Kanye West at LA Opera

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You can tell a lot about a city’s opera culture by who shows up for opening nights – or doesn't.

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Gary Graffman Talks Woody Allen, Conductors and Vodka

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Gary Graffman jokes that the most-famous, best-selling album of his career barely acknowledges his participation on its cover.

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Gay Rights Protesters Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall

Friday, October 11, 2013

A hundred years after Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring sparked a riot at its Paris premiere, another noisy outburst has greeted the iconic piece.

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Orchestras Must Recruit More Black and Latino Musicians, Says Sphinx President

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Aaron Dworkin of the Sphinx Organization offered a stinging critique of the orchestra field in a speech Tuesday night at Carnegie Hall, saying that symphonies aren't doing nearly enough to diversify their ranks.

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Placido Domingo Calls Otello His All-Time Favorite Verdi Role

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

In an interview with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, Domingo called Otello his favorite Verdi role of all time. Listen and find out why.

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Patrice Chéreau, Iconoclastic Opera Director, Dies at 68

Monday, October 07, 2013

Patrice Chéreau, the opera director and filmmaker whose 1976 staging of Wagner's Ring Cycle became arguably the most important opera production of modern times, has died.

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Violinist Gidon Kremer to Stage Concert for Human Rights in Russia

Sunday, October 06, 2013

The Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer will headline a concert on Monday intended to draw attention to human rights issues in Russia, the latest salvo in a busy autumn for classical musicians with an activist bent.

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Carnegie Hall, Stagehands Approve Labor Deal, Ending 2-Day Strike

Friday, October 04, 2013

The stagehands of Carnegie Hall voted to accept a four-year labor agreement, ending an acrimonious two-day strike that began on Wednesday morning and led to the cancellation of the hall's opening-night gala.

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