Brian Wise

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San Francisco Symphony On Strike

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A week before a scheduled East Coast tour that is to include two concerts at Carnegie Hall, the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony are on strike.

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Manhattan School of Music Names New President

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Manhattan School of Music said on Wednesday that James Gandre will be its new president. He will oversee planning for the school's centenary in 2018.

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Vienna Philharmonic Reveals Nazi Past in New Report

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Almost half of the musicians in the Vienna Philharmonic during World War II were members of the Nazi party, and 13 members were driven out for being Jewish or married to Jews.

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San Francisco Symphony Musicians Vote to Authorize Strike

Friday, March 08, 2013

Musicians in the San Francisco Symphony, frustrated with bargaining over a new contract, voted to authorize a strike on Wednesday night. The vote comes just before a scheduled East Coast tour which includes two performances at Carnegie Hall.

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Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Bolivar Orchestra at Chávez Funeral

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Gustavo Dudamel attended the funeral of President Hugo Chávez in Caracas on Friday, conducting the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in the country's National Anthem.

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After Hugo Chávez, What's Next for El Sistema?

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The passing of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez on Tuesday has not only left a leadership vacuum but brought a tinge of uncertainty to one of the country’s most admired cultural products.

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Kiri Te Kanawa To Guest Star on 'Downton Abbey'

Monday, March 04, 2013

The New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will be joining the bluebloods on "Downton Abbey," PBS said in a statement over the weekend.

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French Chamber Orchestra Ensemble Matheus Does Bach – and Rock

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ensemble Matheus is one of the rare ensembles that can claim to have played in all of Paris's opulent concert halls — as well as an outdoor rock festival.

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Itzhak Perlman Brings Borough Park to Barclays Center

Friday, March 01, 2013

Thursday night at the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, a couple dozen men in dark suits were seen praying in a corridor near the food court. These weren’t Brooklyn Nets fans.

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William Bennett, San Francisco Symphony Oboist, Dies at 56

Thursday, February 28, 2013

William Bennett, the San Francisco Symphony's principal oboist who collapsed while performing the Strauss Oboe Concerto on Saturday, died Thursday morning in a San Francisco hospital.

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Listen: Van Cliburn's 1958 Broadcast Debut from Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On May 19, 1958, some five weeks after winning the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Van Cliburn gave a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall.

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Oboe Player Who Collapsed Mid-Performance Remains Hospitalized

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

San Francisco Symphony principal oboist William Bennett, who collapsed in mid-performance of Strauss's Oboe Concerto, remains in a hospital in "guarded" condition Tuesday.

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'Lincoln' Reveals 16th President's Passion for Opera

Monday, February 18, 2013

Among the many historical tidbits that Steven Spielberg includes in his Oscar-nominated film "Lincoln," the president’s love of opera may be the most surprising.

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New York Philharmonic Names Principal Clarinetist

Thursday, February 14, 2013

He's held the top clarinet jobs at the Chicago Symphony and Metropolitan Opera. Now it's the New York Philharmonic's turn.

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Cellist's Bow is Damaged in Airport Mishap

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alban Gerhardt, a noted cello soloist from Berlin, say his precious cello bow, valued at $20,000, was damaged by inspectors from the TSA at Dulles Airport

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Classical Grammy Awards to Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Symphony

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The San Francisco Symphony beats the Minnesota Orchestra, which had been considered a sentimental favorite because of its bitter and protracted labor dispute.

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James DePreist, Barrier-Breaking American Conductor, Dies at 76

Friday, February 08, 2013

James DePreist, one of the first African-American conductors to have a major career, despite two significant physical ailments, died Friday in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Two Women Conductors to Appear in NYC Next Season. Is That Enough?

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Just two women conductors are scheduled to appear in New York's major concert halls next season. Why aren't there more?

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Classical Music in 2013 Super Bowl Ads

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Continuing an annual tradition, we spotlight the Super Bowl commercials that feature classical music soundtracks and themes.

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When Ed Koch Met Aaron Copland

Friday, February 01, 2013

In 1978, mayor Edward I. Koch invited Aaron Copland to Gracie Mansion after hearing that the composer had never been there. "But you were born in Brooklyn and are one of our great composers," Koch exclaimed. "I am shocked!"

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