Brian Wise

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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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Orchestra Music Director Salaries Disclosed

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Adaptistration, the blog on the orchestra business, has published its annual charts of salaries for most of the major American orchestras’ music directors and executives.

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Poll: Has the 1812 Overture Lost its Boom?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Is the 1812 Overture going out of fashion as the fireworks soundtrack of choice for July Fourth? Is it time for the piece to be retired? Take our poll.

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Falstaff: When Verdi Found His Inner Comedian

Monday, July 02, 2012

Verdi's late opera is often described as an "autumnal comedy," reflecting a certain warmth and color that has the flavor of the composer's age and place in life. Find out why.

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Falstaff: When Verdi Found His Inner Comedian

Monday, July 02, 2012

"I don’t think Verdi had much of a sense of humor," F. Paul Driscoll, editor in chief of Opera News tells us. Yet he went on to create one of opera's most important comedies.

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Music App Songza Latest to Target Classical Listeners

Sunday, July 01, 2012

As the market for online services that stream music from computers and mobile devices expands, classical music listeners remain at least partly in companies' crosshairs.

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Lincoln Center to Make Avery Fisher Hall More Accessible

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lincoln Center has pledged to make Avery Fisher Hall more wheelchair accessible after the US Attorney filed a lawsuit against the arts complex.

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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. No, we're not talking about Pagliacci – that’s by Leoncavallo. Cavalleria Rusticana isn’t one of them either – that’s by Mascagni.

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Puccini's Il Trittico

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Quick: name the three one-act operas included in Puccini’s Il Trittico. Give up? Now is your chance to learn with this, the first of a series of introductions to major operas, hosted by Midge Woolsey.

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New York Philharmonic to Fill Armory with Surround-Sound Music

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The New York Philharmonic will perform spatial music at the Park Avenue Armory this weekend. In one piece, three orchestras will surround the audience. Another features eight groups.

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Regime Change at Juilliard Historical Performance Program

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monica Huggett, the director of Juilliard’s historical performance program since its inception in 2008, is stepping down, the school said on Monday. Replacing her as director will be Robert Mealy.

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Andrew Litton Named Artistic Advisor to Colorado Orchestra

Monday, June 25, 2012

Instead of hiring a full-time music director, the Colorado Symphony announced Monday that Andrew Litton will become its next "artistic adviser."

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Brigitte Engerer, French Pianist with a Russian Soul, Dies at 59

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Brigitte Engerer, a French pianist who trained in Moscow and became known for her brilliant interpretations of French and Russian repertoire, died Saturday in Paris. 

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YouTube Pianist Plays Her Way to Royal Albert Hall

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If you've ever trawled YouTube for Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Liszt’s Totentanz or Chopin’s 24 Etudes, chances are you've encountered a clip of Valentina Lisitsa.

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