Brian Wise

Brian Wise appears in the following:

Instruments of Murder

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Why does the violin world provide such rich fodder for crime writers? Behind the fictional world of legendary instruments and the characters who deal them, steal them, and even kill for them.


Barber’s Adagio: The Saddest Piece Ever?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is a piece of music frequently chosen to mark occasions of public mourning, including the funerals of F.D.R., J.F.K. and memorial concerts in the wake of 9/11.

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Using Science to Learn What Makes a Violin Sing

Monday, September 06, 2010

Does the secret to the pristine sound of an 18th century violin lie in the density of its wood? Probably not. But it's among the intriguing questions raised by a recent scientific study of the Vieuxtemps, an instrument described as the "Mona Lisa of violins."

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A Modern Weekend in Ojai

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer has not yet officially arrived, but classical music is already decamping from the cities and heading for more bucolic settings. The Ojai Music Festival got an early start under the direction of British composer and conductor George Benjamin. 


Le Grand Macabre: A Comedy about the End of the World

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A night at the opera doesn’t get much more rollicking and unpredictable than György Ligeti's apocalyptic satire Le Grand Macabre. Here is what you need to know if you are attending the New York Philharmonic's performance this week.

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Giant Steps: A Musical Biography of New York City Ballet

Saturday, May 01, 2010

This week's episode explores the musical achievements of the New York City Ballet. Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins explores the works that the Ballet has commissioned, why American music has been championed, how choreographers have responded and more in this special edition.

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Top 5 @ 105 Composer Museums

Monday, April 19, 2010

Inspect the room where Handel slept, see the last piano that Chopin composed on or check out Beethoven's viola. As you make your summer travel plans, here are five composer museums to consider, both near and far.

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George Manahan Named ACO Music Director

Sunday, March 07, 2010

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NEW YORK -- George Manahan, who has been a fixture in the pit of New York City Opera for the past 12 seasons, will add a more visible podium in 2010-11, as music director of the American Composers Orchestra.


An Atrium Gets an Extreme Makeover

Thursday, January 07, 2010

In recent years, entering the glass-enclosed atrium across from Lincoln Center could be a dismal experience, but now that bleak facility is a memory.


Classical Music Resolutions for 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Our New Year's resolutions often never make it past that first January thaw. This year, consider a different action plan. Here are five ways you can become a better classical music fan--and participant.

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Oh Come All Ye Curious

Thursday, December 03, 2009

The genesis of some holiday songs is pretty self-evident, but others don't reveal themselves so easily. Here are the stories of fifteen classic songs and carols. 

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Top Five Classical Music iPhone Apps

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

With applications for the iPhone and iPod touch multiplying at a dizzying rate, there is a small but growing slate of products for the classical music fan. Here are five standouts.

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