Brian Wise

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John Williams Leads Best Original Score Nominees

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

John Williams leads the Academy Award contenders for Best Original Score, with two nominations: for his work on "The Adventures of Tintin" and "War Horse."

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Once Destined For a City Dump, Cello Sells for More than $6 Million

Monday, January 23, 2012

A Stradivarius cello with a remarkable pedigree sold last week for more than $6 million to an anonymous arts patron in Montreal.

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Costa Concordia Violinist Died While Returning for Instrument

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Hungarian violinist who played in a trio aboard the ill-fated Costa Concordia was the first victim of the crash to be identified Wednesday.

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City Opera Strikes Deal with Musicians; Rehearsals to Resume

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

After months of rancorous negotiations, New York City Opera and its unions have reached a tentative contract agreement, allowing the 2012 season to proceed.

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Baroque Bonanza: Juilliard Gets $20 Million For Early Music

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Juilliard School has received a $20 million gift from Bruce Kovner, the hedge fund titan who co-founded Caxton Associates, the conservatory announced on Monday.

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Classical Music Played on Stricken Italian Cruise Ship

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Costa Concordia luxury cruise liner, which ran aground off Italy’s Tuscan coast on Friday, was described by its owners as a floating "temple of fun" dedicated to entertainment and well-being.

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City Opera and Musicians Resume Talks

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New York City Opera and its musicians resumed talks on Saturday, just days after the company locked out the musicians after contract negotiations broke down last weekend.

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Top Five Crazy Riots in Classical Music

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Every so often, anarchy is unleashed across the carefully-preserved countryside of classical music. Here are five highlights.

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'Vertigo' Star Kim Novak Slams 'The Artist' Over Music

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Kim Novak accused the French makers of the Oscar-tipped silent film "The Artist" of "rape" Monday for using sections of Bernard Herrmann’s love theme from "Vertigo" in its score.

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Just How Deep are the Proposed Pay Cuts at City Opera?

Monday, January 09, 2012

New York City Opera's musicians say that the cash-strapped company wants to cut their salary to $5,000 annually. The company counters that the musicians would actually earn $11,855.

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Alexis Weissenberg, Distinctive Pianist, Dies at 82

Monday, January 09, 2012

Alexis Weissenberg, a Bulgarian pianist who spent time in a concentration camp and later performed with Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, died Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland at age 82.

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City Opera Musicians Locked Out as Mediation Fails

Sunday, January 08, 2012

The unions representing New York City Opera's orchestra and chorus say they won’t be showing up for the scheduled start of rehearsals on Monday morning after talks with a federal mediator broke down Saturday night.

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New York Philharmonic Names New Executive Director

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

The New York Philharmonic has named Matthew VanBesien as its next executive director, succeeding Zarin Mehta, who will retire in September.

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Is 'Dragon Tattoo' Really About the Wagner Clan?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

A writer considers the uncanny similarities between classical music’s most notorious dynasty and that of the movie based on the bestseller by Stieg Larsson.

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2011 Classical Countdown: Assessing the Winners and Losers

Sunday, January 01, 2012

If anything, classical music fans are not a frivolous crowd. This is the evidence turned up in WQXR's 2011 Classical Countdown, a listener survey that showed that Beethoven remains the most popular composer of our time.

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A Timely Oratorio Arrives on New Year's Eve

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Concert for Peace is known for its mixture of inspired music-making, muddy acoustics and a sometimes earnest solemnity. This New Year’s Eve promises to be different.

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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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