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A Tyro’s Guide to Enjoying Classical Music + MORE

It’s not that people don’t like classical music. It’s that they don’t have the chance to understand and to experience it.– Gustavo Dudamel I have spent over twenty years teaching high school and continuing education students about music history. Since most students enter my classes knowin.... More »
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Dragons take over Covent Garden + MORE

The powerful and uncompromising Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones sings Walther von Stolzing in the Royal Opera House’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, alongside his fellow countryman Sir Bryn Terfel as Hans Sachs. I went backstage to meet him…Hughes Jones (left) and Terfel (right.... More »
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Ensemble. Nicely Varied + MORE

Beethoven, Mozart, Crusell, Françaix and Schubert from members of Sinfonia Viva, enjoyed by Mike Wheeler.... More »

American Composers Orchestra President Michael Geller Departing in December + MORE

After 20 years as executive leader of American Composers Orchestra (ACO), President and CEO Michael Geller will depart the organization at the end of 2016. He is leaving to attend to personal and family obligations while considering new professional opportunities. ACO’s Board of Directors is seeki.... More »

Gold rush + MORE

By the early 19th century the story of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex, and his liaison with Elizabeth I had already been the subject of a number of theatrical diversions including an opera by Saverio Mercadante. When Gaetano Donizetti decided to set it for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples for t.... More »
Breaking: The Fight Continues At The MET OperaStarving Artists on the stage of the MET. La bohemeThe battle, at least of words, continues  in New York over proposed cuts of 26% to the salaries of the MET Orchestra and Chorus. But this time not between Orchestra and Gelb but the Orchestra V The New York Times.Monday saw the NYT run an editorial titled, The Real Drama at the Met: Labor (sic) Talks Turn Bitter at Metropolitan Opera…

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Placido Domingo remembers where he began

– www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc

Placido Domingo remembers where he beganMessage from the maestro:
51 years ago today !
My first Don Jose in Tel Aviv.
¡ Hoy, hace 51 años !
Mi primer Don Jose en Tel Aviv.


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Aldeburgh 2014 - And now for something completely different...MusicircusIt’s not often you find Ravel on the programme alongside some bagpipes and Sousa’s The Liberty Bell, but all that and much more could be found on Sunday when the Aldeburgh festival returned to the scene of last year’s triumph, Grimes on the Beach. This year’s use of Aldeburgh beach (or, for the most part, Crag Path which runs along just behind the beach) was in some ways less ambitious, requiring no stage, seating and lighting construction…

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John McClure Dies at 84; Produced Classic RecordsMr. McClure was a producer and engineer who helped shape some of the most celebrated classical recordings of the 20th century, including acclaimed sessions with Bruno Walter, Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein.

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Soprano Karita Mattila: 'It's never too late for a debut'At 53, the great soprano Karita Mattila can still take her pick of the big parts. She explains why she’s raring to play one of opera’s great monstersIt’s never too late for a debut." Karita Mattila smiles. This might be becoming her mantra. She sang Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck for the first time last October at the Royal Opera, and now she is back in London for her first performance as the Prima Donna in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos…

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Cimbalom but Were Afraid to Ask: A Discussion with Nick TolleNick Tolle, cimbalomNicholas Tolle is one of the few professional cimbalom players in the country. He has performed with some of the world’s preeminent ensembles, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Lucerne Festival, working with conductors like Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Daniel Harding, and David Zinman…

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'Honour killings' talk cancelledThe Sydney Opera House has cancelled a controversial talk by Muslim writer and activist Uthman Badar.

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Andrew Altenbach talks Bachs

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Sometimes, the lives of composers read like headlines ripped from the tabloids. Andrew Altenbach, artistic director of the Minnesota Bach Ensemble, talks to Alison Young about C.P.E. Bach's "daddy issues" ahead of a Bach Ensemble concert on Thursday.

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There are people around who are convinced that because Glyndebourne and the ROH are awfully expensive if you sit in the stalls, this means that all classical music is impossibly expensive. This is not true.Here are a few figures to prove the point: a few things you can do this Thursday, and how much you’d pay for them, top price and bottom price…

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Making Neural Connections; Making MusicBy Kate Little: When I started listening to classical music, really paying attention, a number of years ago, I couldn’t hear the music conveyed through the sound. All I could hear was a series of tones that didn’t really make sense. Learning to hear was a struggle, and took a lot of time. But eventually I got to the point were I could hear dynamics and phrasing and movement in the music, and could appreciate a chamber or symphonic piece in its entirety…

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Marcia Liss: Marcia

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Read more: Classical Music, Women, Comic Strip, Comedy, Culture, Arts News

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Stephen Hough review  short pieces suffused with powerWigmore Hall, LondonPianist Stephen Hough is at his best in a selection of rarities and out-of-the-way repertoireStephen Hough’s Wigmore programme was essentially devoted to character pieces short but distinctive works that reflect a particular mood rather than developing an argument. He began with a set that still sounds modern, even if it is more than a century old Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces, Op 19…

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The Metropolitan Opera has canceled plans for a global simulcast to cinemas of John Adams’ “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

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