Brian Wise

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As Response to Japan Disaster Lags, Benefit Concerts Emerge

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Japan has no George Clooney or Angelina Jolie and the country is known more for its affluence than neediness. It does, however, have a longstanding cultural link to the West, through classical music. Several benefit concerts are in the works in New York.

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After Quake, Japanese Performers Arrive for Carnegie Hall Festival

Monday, March 14, 2011

Faced with aftershocks, transportation gridlock and canceled rehearsals following the massive earthquake and tsunami, members of Bach Collegium Japan boarded a flight to the U.S. on Sunday.

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BBC Orchestra 'Shaken' by Historic Japan Quake

Friday, March 11, 2011

Members of the BBC Philharmonic, caught up in the Japanese earthquake, have described it as "scary stuff." Ninety members of the orchestra were in their tour bus traveling when the earthquake struck. Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and conductor Daniel Harding are also safe in the aftermath.

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DiMenna Center Gives Itinerant Orchestra a Home

Monday, March 07, 2011

After 37 years on the road, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s has a permanent home base in which it can rehearse, record and manage its administrative affairs, with the opening of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Eight Revelations from the New York Philharmonic Archives

Monday, March 07, 2011

The New York Philharmonic has been digitizing its vast archives, and recently unveiled its first installment online. It includes some telling glimpses into the orchestra's rough-and-tumble history. Check out these eight surprise entries.

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New York Philharmonic Musicians Support Detroit Strike

Friday, March 04, 2011

The musicians of the New York Philharmonic will wear blue wristbands during performances this weekend to show their support for their striking colleagues in Detroit, according to The American Federation of Musicians.

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James Levine Leaving the Boston Symphony

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

James Levine, suffering from debilitating back problems, will step down from his post as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on September 1. He will continue serving as music director of the Metropolitan Opera.

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James Levine Pulls Out of Boston Symphony Season

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Boston Symphony Orchestra said on Tuesday that James Levine, its music director, will miss the remainder of the orchestra's season as a result of the back problems that have plagued him for months.


Detroit Symphony Musicians Offer to Return with No Contract

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Striking musicians with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra say they'll return to work without a contract. Cellist and spokesman Haden McKay says the issues will be worked out through binding arbitration, after a contentious, nearly five-month strike.

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'The Social Network' Wins Oscar for Best Original Score

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's synth-heavy, non-orchestral soundtrack for "The Social Network" was awarded Best Original Score at the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The duo also won the Golden Globe this year for their work on the film.

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Café Concert: Violinist Nicola Benedetti

Friday, February 25, 2011

The 23-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs live in the WQXR Cafe, and explains why mental toughness is the key to mastering the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.

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A Soundtrack Fit for a King

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

“The King’s Speech,” which won four Oscars on Sunday, punctuates a pivotal scene with a famous classical work – Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Yet its very prominence has fueled a growing online debate about the intent of the film's creators.

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Detroit Symphony Suspends Season after Latest Contract Offer is Rejected

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Detroit Symphony has suspended the remainder of its performance season after striking musicians rejected the latest contract offer on Saturday. No further meetings with management have been scheduled.

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A Magnet for Young Talent Turns 50

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Young Concert Artists has been such a fixture on the classical music landscape for so long, it’s easy to lose track of its milestones: creating the debut recitals and tours for pianists like Emanuel Ax, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Tokyo String Quartet and Dawn Upshaw.


Chicago Symphony, Riccardo Muti Top Grammys

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Days after undergoing emergency surgery, Riccardo Muti has won Grammy Awards in the Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance categories for his recording of the Verdi Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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New York Philharmonic Announces 2011-12 Season; Digital Archives

Thursday, February 03, 2011

The New York Philharmonic have announced a 2011-12 season that includes a Beethoven symphony cycle, a new residency by violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and a nomadic touring schedule.

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Operas Ripped from the Headlines

Sunday, January 30, 2011

With the opening of John Adams's Nixon in China at the Metropolitan Opera this week, New York audiences will finally have a chance to hear the work that spawned a flurry of operas based on real-life events -- the so-called “CNN operas."

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Milton Babbitt, Avant-Garde Composer, Dies at 94

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Milton Babbitt, a composer known for his staggeringly complex yet lucid, jazzy and occasionally humorous work, died on Saturday in Princeton, NJ. He was 94.

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Hélène Grimaud: Dances with Pianos and Wolves

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

As WQXR celebrates Powerhouse Pianists throughout January, we spotlight a pianist known to give the keyboard a workout. Hélène Grimaud is frequently admired for her enormous technical command and her keen musical curiosity.

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Composer A.R. Rahman Leads Oscar Nominees in Music

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Leading the music categories is A.R. Rahman’s music for the Danny Boyle film "127 Hours," which was nominated in both the Best Score and Best Original Song categories. "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" were among the other nominees.