Brian Wise

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Exclusive: City Opera's George Steel Rebuts Critics, Looks Forward

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The "people's opera" will have a reduced season next year, but George Steel, its general manager, hopes it's not for long.

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City Opera Announces New Season While Performers Protest Move

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The financially-strapped New York City Opera announced on Tuesday its first season outside of Lincoln Center while musicians from the company staged a competing news conference nearby.

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Russian Conductor Says He Was Fired After Criticizing Putin

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mikhail Arkadyev, the conductor of Vladivostok's Pacific Symphony Orchestra, found out what happens when you refuse to get on board in Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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City Opera's Next Season to Include Telemann in Harlem, Verdi in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Leaked details of New York City Opera’s 2011-12 season show that the financially ailing opera company will travel to at least three different venues bringing a mix of standard and offbeat repertoire.

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How the Toronto Symphony Lures the Under-35 Crowd

Monday, July 04, 2011

In an orchestra world pummeled by strikes, deficits and closures, some recent news from the Toronto Symphony has been far brighter. This month, the orchestra reported that 35% of its audience is younger than 35 years old.

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How To Score A Fireworks Display

Friday, July 01, 2011

Not merely an afterthought tacked on by the producers of the television simulcast, music is a formative ingredient in some of the country’s biggest fireworks shows. In New York, it’s a process that starts almost a year in advance.

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Bernard Herrmann: Remembering an Original who Changed Film Music

Thursday, June 30, 2011

On June 29, the day that Bernard Herrmann would have turned 100, a panel of experts including the composer’s daughter gathered for a special event in The Greene Space exploring his life and musical legacy.

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New York City Opera Musicians Protest Company's Plans to Move

Thursday, June 30, 2011

After weeks of relative public silence, the orchestra and chorus musicians of New York City Opera have launched a campaign to protest the company's plans to move out of Lincoln Center.

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Financially Troubled Philadelphia Orchestra Announces Millions in Donations

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After filing for bankruptcy in April, the 111-year-old Philadelphia Orchestra announced an aid package potentially worth $45 million on Wednesday.

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Play It Again, Man: Public Pianos Return to City Streets, Parks

Friday, June 17, 2011

What do the Jackson Heights Post Office in Queens, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights and the South Beach Boardwalk on Staten Island all have in common?

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In a School of 'Fame,' an Awakening of Renaissance Music

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LaGuardia High School, best known as the school upon which the movie and TV show "Fame" was based, is about to get its first Renaissance music club. Kids will learn instruments like the crumhorn and recorder.

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Cancellation of Philharmonic's Summer Parks Tour Draws Mixed Reactions

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The New York Philharmonic's announcement on Tuesday that it is cancelling its annual round of free concerts in city parks this summer has been met with mixed reviews from fans, writers and affiliated business owners. What do you think? Take our poll.

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New York City Opera Makes Staff Cuts; Orchestra Goes on Hiatus

Friday, June 03, 2011

New York City Opera confirmed today that 11 employees are being laid off as the company faces a $5 million dollar debt. Meanwhile, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, an orchestra founded in 2004 by Alondra de la Parra, says it will suspend its operations.

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Two Vivaldi Film Biopics Go Head to Head

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Antonio Vivaldi is slated to be the subject of two separate film biographies due in 2011 and 2012. But it remains to be seen if either can match the multi-Oscar success of "Amadeus."

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Radioactive Rift: Met Opera Stars Drop Out of Japan Tour

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Joseph Calleja, two of the Metropolitan Opera's leading stars, have pulled out of a tour in Japan at the last minute for fear of radiation from the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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Opera Venues in New York City: A Scorecard

Friday, May 27, 2011

New York City Opera has announced it is leaving the 2,550-seat David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for other venues starting next season. It has yet to say where it will go, or what operas it will present. The organization did suggest some parameters: three of the operas will be suitable for a larger house, and two for smaller spaces. Where do you think City Opera should go? Read about some possible candidates and share your opinions in the comments box below.

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AGMA To File Unfair Labor Charge Against City Opera

Monday, May 23, 2011

The American Guild of Musical Artists said it would consider filing unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against New York City Opera after that company's board voted on Friday to cut staff and move from Lincoln Center.

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New York City Opera Plans to Leave Lincoln Center, Cut Staff

Friday, May 20, 2011

In what amounts to an earthquake in the city's musical landscape, New York City Opera has announced plans to abandon Lincoln Center and perform in one or several smaller venues around New York starting next season.

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As Carnegie Goes Dark, Hall Renters Scramble for Alternatives

Thursday, May 19, 2011

June at Carnegie Hall is a prime season for rentals by outside parties -- do-it-yourself recitalists, traveling regional choirs and graduation events. But this year they've had to find a new venue as the hall shutters for four months.

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Classical Music Declared 'Relevant' in Cambridge Debate

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Cambridge Union Society was recently host to a debate on the issue, “classical music is irrelevant to today's youth.” One side argued that the art form isn't interactive or diverse; the other said it could spark a deep emotional response.

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