Brian Wise

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Conductor Jean-Marc Cochereau Dies During Rehearsal

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The music director of the Orléans Symphony died Jan. 10. He reportedly collapsed while rehearsing the Funeral March of Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony.


Metropolitan Opera Settles Disability Lawsuit Within an Hour of Filing

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera House settled a federal lawsuit Thursday that charged the theater with discriminating against people with disabilities.

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Quiet Since the Floods, A Nashville Hall is Back

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center has been a mecca and sanctuary to classical music fans in Nashville since its opening in 2006. After floodwaters ravaged the hall last May, it is now reopening in a concert to be broadcast on WQXR.

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Mozart Fills London Tube Stations

Monday, January 03, 2011

Commuters on the London Underground are getting a dose of Mozart this month as part of a BBC Radio 3 Mozart festival. Classical performers are taking their instruments into four stations in an effort to spread the word about the 12-day event.

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A Soprano Plans to Deliver A Violetta to Die For

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Marina Poplavskaya was an unknown in the U.S. just five years ago. But this season she has the unusual distinction of headlining back-to-back Metropolitan Opera premieres of major new Verdi productions. She tells us how she prepared.

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Classical Music in 2010: Joyful Noise, Troubled Silence

Sunday, December 26, 2010

In 2010, some of the most memorable moments in classical music were marked by silence, not sound: Joan Sutherland passed on, the Detroit Symphony went on strike, classical radio stations went dark, and orchestras continued to face financial troubles.

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Audio Slideshow: Leonard Bernstein at Work

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Steve J. Sherman is a familiar face to concertgoers in New York, as the city's most prominent concert photographer. One of his most famous subjects was iconic conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein.

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A Conversation with Simon Rattle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Conductor Simon Rattle talks with Jeff Spurgeon about making his long-awaited Met Opera debut, his work with the Berlin Philharmonic, and why he learned to stop worrying and love The Nutcracker.

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Honolulu Symphony Files Chapter 7 Liquidation

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Honolulu Symphony's board of directors have voted to abandon efforts at bankruptcy reorganization and effectively dissolve the 110-year-old organization.

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Thai Court Ends Case Against Mikhail Pletnev

Sunday, December 05, 2010

An investigation has been dropped against Russian conductor and pianist Mikhail Pletnev, who was arrested last summer in Thailand on suspicion of molesting a teenager.

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Puccini's Wild West Opera Returns, with Horses

Friday, December 03, 2010

Like any good Italian, Puccini loved his American Westerns. The result was a cowboy opera, La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West). This week, the opera returns to the Met for a series of performances marking its 100th anniversary.

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Norman Lebrecht on Mahler's Songs

Friday, December 03, 2010

Gustav Mahler's bittersweet songs are getting renewed attention this year. To get some insight on this, Naomi Lewin talks with Norman Lebrecht, author of the new book, Why Mahler?

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Culture at the Cash Register

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Long before Muzak, major American department stores were once hubs of musical activity. String quartets, pianists, choirs and full orchestras serenaded shoppers during the early 20th century.

Louis Andriessen Wins Grawemeyer Award

Monday, November 29, 2010

Dutch composer Louis Andriessen has won the 2011 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for La Commedia, his 2008 opera based on Dante’s The Divine Comedy. The work received its U.S. premiere in concert last April in Carnegie Hall.


American Orchestras Face Financial Difficulties

Monday, November 22, 2010

As the Detroit Symphony Orchestra enters the eighth week of their grueling strike, two other orchestras recently took significant belt-tightening steps.

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Elīna Garanča: Latvian Mezzo with a Gyspy Soul

Sunday, November 21, 2010

There’s no mystery about why Elīna Garanča is a rising opera star. But whether playing a fiery gypsy or a "trouser role," the mezzo-soprano has her own way of researching characters.

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Five Pieces that will Change Your Mind about the Bassoon

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monica Ellis, the bassoonist in the Imani Winds quintet, shares five pieces that take the bassoon beyond its clichéd role as the jovial clown of the orchestra. "We do get to difficult things and it’s not just this big, clumsy, cumbersome instrument."

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David Fray: A Frenchman Makes His Mark on German Classics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The young French pianist David Fray is fast gaining notice for his charismatic, sometimes eccentric performances of Bach and Schubert. Just don't compare him to Glenn Gould.

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Polish Composer Henryk Górecki Dies at 76

Friday, November 12, 2010

Henryk Górecki, a once obscure Polish composer who went on to become an international crossover phenomenon, has died in Katowice, Poland. He was 76.

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LA Philharmonic in HD: Ready for Its Close-Up?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Orchestras have been slow to catch on to the HD broadcast phenomenon, partly due to the costs but also because the medium requires something more visually compelling than 90 people wearing black and sitting down.

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