Brian Wise

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Opera Director Claudio Del Monaco Stabbed

Friday, December 30, 2011

Claudio Del Monaco, the opera director and son of the late Italian opera tenor Mario Del Monaco, is in critical but stable condition after an incident of operatic proportions.

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Poll: The Biggest Classical Music Story of 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What do you think was the year's biggest story? What will continue to make waves in 2012? Take our poll and share your thoughts.

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How Classical Music Tuned in with Technology in 2011

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

In 2011, a growing number of arts organizations embraced digital technology a means of riding out the stresses facing the field.

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McDonald's Pianist: I'm Loving It

Friday, December 23, 2011

Andrew Shapiro has played the piano at a Manhattan McDonald's for over seven years. Hints of Chopin-esque harmonies mingle with shouts of “May I help the next customer please?”

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Park Avenue Armory Names New Artistic Leader

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Park Avenue Armory has named Alex Poots, currently the director of England's Manchester International Festival, as its first artistic director.

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The Strange Musical World of Kim Jong Il

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kim Jong Il, who died Saturday at the age of 69, took an active role in North Korean culture, and had a truly curious relationship to classical music.

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The Five Greatest Carols Ever

Monday, December 19, 2011

"In The Bleak Midwinter" is the world’s greatest Christmas carol, according to WQXR.org's poll of leading choirmasters and choral experts from the US and the UK.

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Watch: String Quartet Plays for Opposition Protest in Moscow

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The New Russian Quartet, the resident string quartet at the Moscow Conservatory, lent its support to the protests against the allegedly fraudulent parliamentary elections.

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James Levine Cancels all Future Conducting Dates at the Met

Friday, December 09, 2011

Not only will he withdraw from the remainder of his performances this season, the conductor says that he won’t conduct at all in 2012-13.

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Karita Mattila Bares Soul on the Recital Stage

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Carnegie Hall recital heavy on French music this Saturday will offer a chance to catch the dramatic Finnish diva in a more intimate, stylized setting.

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New York Youth Symphony Announces New Music Director

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Joshua Gersen follows such past conductors as Leonard Slatkin, David Alan Miller and Miguel Harth-Bedoya.

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Russian Billionaire's $5M Gift to Kennedy Center Suggests Trend

Monday, December 05, 2011

The news that a Russian tycoon has given the Kennedy Center $5 million likely came as little surprise in the philanthropy community.

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New York City Opera Negotiations Break Down

Thursday, December 01, 2011

New York City Opera has declared an impasse in negotiations with the unions representing its orchestra and chorus, with the two sides unable to reach an agreement on wages and benefits.

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Riccardo Chailly Cancels Two Months of Performances

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Among the cancellations were two weeks in January with the Boston Symphony, where he is speculated to be a potential candidate to succeed James Levine.

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Symphony Goers, Start Your Smart Phones

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Cincinnati Symphony has established a section of its concert hall where audience members can bring out their iPhones, Androids and tablets and Tweet along with the music.

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The Worst Beethoven Album Covers...Ever

Saturday, November 26, 2011

In the spirit of Beethoven Awareness Month, dare to check out our list of the worst crimes against album cover design when it comes to history's greatest composer.

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Olga Bloom, Founder of Bargemusic, Dies at 92

Friday, November 25, 2011

Olga Bloom, a violinist and violist who founded Bargemusic – which turned a sinister spot on the Brooklyn waterfront into one of New York’s most intimate venues -- died on Thanksgiving. She was 92.

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Montserrat Figueras, Soprano with an Ethereal Voice, Dies at 69

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Catalan soprano Montserrat Figueras, who brought a soulful voice to a broad swath of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque vocal music, died on Wednesday in Barcelona.

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Broadway's Porgy and Bess Drops New Happy Ending

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The forthcoming Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess has dropped plans for a new happy ending, following public criticism from composer Stephen Sondheim.

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Interpreting Beethoven: How Authentic?

Monday, November 14, 2011

How do you prefer Beethoven symphonies: with the massive string sections and beefed-up choruses of the modern orchestra or the gutsy, lean sound of period-instrument groups? Weigh in here.

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