Brian Wise

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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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Anne-Sophie Mutter Named Musician of the Year

Monday, November 08, 2010

The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been named musician of the year by Musical America, the music industry "bible." Other winners include the composer Thomas Adès and baritone Simon Keenlyside.

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American Opera Star Shirley Verrett Dies at 79

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Shirley Verrett, the American opera singer known for her powerful, dark voice, exceptional range and riveting characterizations, died Friday.

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Opera's Unsung Heroes

Sunday, October 31, 2010

When a singer at the Metropolitan Opera forgets a line, they turn to one of five full-time prompters, individuals who serve as safety nets and who possess unheralded and truly hidden talents.

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Ranking the Fifteen Top-Paid Non-Profit CEOs

Friday, October 29, 2010

Several arts executives make a new list of the top-paid CEOs running America's non-profit organizations.

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Reconsidering Leonard Bernstein's A Quiet Place

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein’s 1983 opera about marriage and family dysfunction is finally getting its New York premiere. But will audiences come around to its themes?


Cecilia Bartoli's Sospiri

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The discussion continues on Sospiri, Cecilia Bartoli's collection of operatic scenes and arias extending from Handel to Fauré. Listen to an excerpt from our Album of the Week and tell us what you think.

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Yulianna Avdeeva Wins Chopin Competition

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva became the first woman in 45 years to win the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw.

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Two Classical Groups Upload New Online Initiatives

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Classical-music organizations can't get enough of social media right now. From the Top, the public radio show, and an upcoming orchestra festival are the latest to turn to Internet crowd-sourcing.