Brian Wise

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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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Lorin Maazel's Violin Sold for a Record $1 Million

Friday, November 11, 2011

Owned by conductor Lorin Maazel for 66 years, the violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini has been featured in a number of his recordings and in concerts.

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How Beethoven Became an American Icon

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Feminists and black radicals, filmmakers, architects and rappers all grasped something in the emotional power of Beethoven’s music. Michael Broyles explores this in the new book Beethoven in America.

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Tokyo String Quartet to Lose Remaining Japanese Members

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Signaling the end of an era, the two remaining Japanese members of the Tokyo String Quartet – including its founding violist – will retire in June 2013, the ensemble announced.

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Mozart May Improve Detection During Colonoscopies

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Doctors who listen to Mozart while performing colonoscopy may increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps, a small study has found.

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Memphis Opera Singer Performs After Being Shot

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stafford Hartman, a soprano and artist in residence at Memphis Opera, performed from a wheelchair during Saturday night's performance of Tosca at the company.

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Budapest at Carnegie Hall: Three Things To Listen For

Friday, October 28, 2011

Despite reports of government funding cuts, Saturday night's concert at Carnegie Hall with pianist Andras Schiff should find the orchestra in excellent artistic shape, if recent reviews are any guide.

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Bolshoi Theater Reopening to be Web Streamed Live

Friday, October 28, 2011

Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater reopens today after a six-year, $800 million renovation. Placido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu and Natalie Dessay are among the performers.

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Benjamin Millepied, 'Black Swan' Choreographer, Retires from City Ballet

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The New York City Ballet has announced that its principal dancer is retiring after 16 years.

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Facelift for an Arts Temple: City Center Reopens after $56M Restoration

Monday, October 24, 2011

New York's eccentric Shriner's hall turned performing arts venue has undergone a major renovation. On Tuesday audiences can see the results.

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For Second Time, Netrebko Cancels Her Carnegie Hall Recital Debut

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has cancelled her debut recital at Carnegie Hall. At WQXR, she hinted that time was short.

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The Met 'Ring' Gets New Siegfried, One Week From Opening

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera has announced a big casting change for its new production of Richard Wagner's Siegfried.

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Granny Protesters Stage Vigil at Lincoln Center

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

About 125 protesters led by an anti-war group called the Granny Peace Brigade, some supporting themselves with canes or walkers, held a vigil on the plaza at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night.

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Million-Dollar Maestros

Friday, October 14, 2011

Two unrelated headlines formed a curious intersection this week.

On Thursday, Tarisio auction house announced that a 1783 Guadagnini violin that Lorin Maazel owned and used for his career will be put up for auction on November 10. Proceeds will go to his Castleton Festival in a fund to help young artists.

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Philadelphia Orchestra Moves its Season-Opening Concert

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Philadelphia Orchestra and its musicians reached a tentative agreement late last week, but their venue is having labor issues of its own: members of stagehands union have gone on strike.

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After Shaking Up Tchaikovsky Competition, Gergiev Brings Winner to Carnegie Hall

Saturday, October 08, 2011

When conductor Valery Gergiev became chairman of the International Tchaikovsky Competition last year he promised to clean house, ridding it of its historic corruption and favoritism.

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How Steve Jobs Changed the Course of Classical Recordings

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Though he died at the relatively young age of 56, Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs has left a legacy that changed the shape of the music industry.

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Stormy Weather Strikes a Chord With Composers

Monday, October 03, 2011

Bring on the rain, wind and dark clouds. The gloomy weather we've experienced recently may not be good for the soul but a new study suggests that it's great for composers.

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Rough Sailing at Bargemusic as City Orders Shutdown

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oct. 1 Update: Bargemusic reopened on Friday night with a performance by the Weilerstein Trio. In a post on Facebook, director Mark Peskanov wrote, "The music sounded especially good tonight at Bargemusic after being shut down for the last two and half days." Further details to come.

Bargemusic, the floating concert hall moored on the Brooklyn side of the East River, abruptly shut down on Wednesday after an official with the Fire Department found problems with the hall’s emergency exit.

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Nirvana's 'Nevermind' Orchestrated

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A number of classical performers have embraced the music of Nirvana, particularly during this, the 20th anniversary month of their groundbreaking album "Nevermind."

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