Brian Wise

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Where's the Love for Debussy?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth on Wednesday is proving a bit more contentious than your average composer anniversary.

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Donal Henahan, Thought-Provoking Times Critic, Dies at 91

Monday, August 20, 2012

Donal Henahan, the music critic known for his spirited and thoughtful commentaries in nearly 25 years of writing for the New York Times, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 91. 

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Ives's Music Lives On, and Many Feel His House Should, Too

Friday, August 10, 2012

Musicians and historians are searching for a benefactor to buy Charles Ives's former property in West Redding, CT, to rescue the home from the wrecking ball.

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Eight Composers Who Beat the Summer Heat

Friday, August 10, 2012

The first seven months of this year have been the hottest on record in the northeastern United States. Take comfort in the fact that things may have been worse for some of history’s great composers.

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Cultural Mogul Martin Segal Dies at 96

Monday, August 06, 2012

Martin E. Segal, one of New York’s top cultural power brokers who held several positions with Lincoln Center, died Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 96.

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Disappearing Ink: How Opera Companies Conceal Singers' Tattoos

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Camouflaging tattoos on a Mimi, Violetta or Siegfried becomes a critical task in the age of HD broadcasts, when every ornament or imperfection is magnified by cameras.

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Once an Enigma, Nelson Freire Steps into the Spotlight

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Once an aura of mystery surrounded pianist Nelson Freire in the U.S. But that's been changing. He talks with WQXR about his unlikely career.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Emerges from Bankruptcy

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Philadelphia Orchestra emerged from 15 months of Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday after a federal judge approved its reorganization plan.

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The Search for the 'West Side Story' Album Cover in NYC

Monday, July 30, 2012

A music fan named Bob Egan has launched a website to reveal the New York City locations of some famous album covers. See how he found the site of this classic cover.

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London Symphony, Mr. Bean Star in Olympics Ceremony

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Fans of British humor and classical music received a double surprise during Friday's Olympic Opening Ceremony to the 2012 London Olympics.

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Synchronized Swimmers Aim to Make a Splash with Music

Friday, July 27, 2012

When the U.S. synchronized swimming team sends a duet to the Olympic games this summer, music will consist of selections by John Williams and Aretha Franklin.

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Singer Says Swastika Tattoo is ‘Not Political’

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Yevgeny Nikitin, the Russian singer who cancelled from the opening of Germany's famed Bayreuth Festival after it was discovered he had a swastika tattoo on his body, has explained his body art.

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Kurt Masur Set for Early Return to Podium after Accident

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Three months after falling and fracturing his shoulder blade, the German conductor said that he's feeling "okay" and dismissed the significance of his early exit from the disabled list.

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Jon Lord, Composer and Deep Purple Founder, Dies at 71

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jon Lord, the organist for the trailblazing rock band Deep Purple who later composed works for symphony orchestra and chorus, died Monday at 71.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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Why Beethoven's Fidelio Speaks to Us Now

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Beethoven was never a man of the theater. He struggled to write his first opera against many odds. But Fidelio is worth hearing with fresh ears, writes Midge Woolsey.

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50 Shades of Grey Triggers Sales of Choral Piece

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James racy best-selling novel that has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, is turning readers on to an unlikely piece of music: Spem in Alium, by the English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis.

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New Jersey Symphony Extends Lacombe's Contract

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jacques Lacombe has renewed his contract as music director of the New Jersey Symphony through the 2015-16 season. His renewal comes after an eventful spring season.

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Map: See Where Famous Composers Have Lived in NYC

Friday, July 06, 2012

Using our map see where famous composers called home at various points in their lives. Among them: Stravinsky, Bartok, Britten, Bernstein and Herrmann.

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Mid-Year Report: Classical Album Sales Down, Digital Tracks Up

Thursday, July 05, 2012

In the first six months of 2012, classical album sales dropped 18.1 percent to 3 million units, according to a mid-year report released Thursday.

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