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Brooklyn Philharmonic Names New Artistic Director For A "New Era"

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

After a rocky couple of years, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is back with a new artistic director: Alan Pierson of the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.

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Bronx Music Man Don Kirshner Dies at 76

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Don Kirshner, the Bronx music publisher, producer and television host who saw promise in musicians who spanned decades and genres, passed away on Monday of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off Season with Robert Moses Tribute

Friday, January 14, 2011

On Saturday night, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra celebrates one of New York City’s best-known 20th century architects, Robert Moses. The orchestra’s season's opener is free, open to the public and will be held at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden at 7 P.M.

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Slideshow: Snapshots from Global Fest 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

On Sunday, the country's biggest world music festival happened at Webster Hall. Thirteen bands played on three stages to a packed house of fans, festival bookers and performing arts professionals for almost six straight hours. Watch our slideshow here.

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GlobalFEST 2011 Showcases 13 Innovative Artists

Friday, January 07, 2011

GlobalFEST 2011 takes the stage this Sunday, packing 13 of the world's most innovative artists onto three stages. Here are some of WNYC's favorite artists performing.

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Arts Highlights 2011: New York Critics, Writers Weigh In

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

We asked some of our favorite culture vultures to weigh in on what to expect in the coming year in the arts. Here's what they said.

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Live on Soundcheck: Depedro

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Spanish guitarist Jairo Zavala is best known in the U.S. as the touring guitarist for Calexico. But in his home country of Spain, Zavala is better know for his solo work where he goes by the name Depedro. Check out a video of his recent performance in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Three to See: Catch These Broadway Plays Before They Close

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

When it comes to spectacle, the scale and scope of Broadway is nearly impossible to match. Here are three plays to see before the curtain comes down for the last time just after the New Year.

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Retro and Traditional Nutcrackers Take the Brooklyn Stage

Friday, December 17, 2010

Two very different adaptations of E.T.A. Hoffman's novelette are being performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month. Through Sunday, the Mark Morris Dance Group brings its "The Hard Nut" back after an eight-year absence. Then Alexei Ratmansky's "Nutcracker" with the American Ballet Theater takes the stage.

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Jimmy McMillan Sings Songs of Rent and Love

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Most people know McMillan for his gubernatorial run, but the founder of the “Rent is 2 DAMN High” Party is riding his Internet stardom to jump-start a long dormant musical career. He takes the stage Thursday night.

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Live on Soundcheck: The Hundred In The Hands

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You might be surprised to find that the band behind this rich sound, The Hundred In The Hands, is just a duo with a truck-load of equipment. Click here to watch the band perform its song "Commotion" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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NYC Burlesque Artists on 'Burlesque'

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Burlesque," which was directed by Steve Antin and stars Cher and Christina Aquilera, has grossed over $30 million since it opened over Thanksgiving weekend, even as Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 37 percent "rotten" tomato rating. We asked several mistresses of tease to weigh in on the film that's selling the glamor of their dancing on the silver screen.

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Gig Alert: Scott Kettner's Forró Brass Band

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Scott Kettner brings his Forró Brass Band to Barbès tonight with a Louisiana-meets-Brazil sonic mashup and many, many horn players. Download a live performance of the band's "Crown Heights Boogie" here.

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Catch This Before It Closes: The Scottsboro Boys

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A trip to the Lyceum Theater on W. 45th Street before December 12th will give you a brush with history.

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Sights and Sounds from the John Lennon Memorial at Strawberry Fields

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, fans gathered at the Strawberry Fields Lennon memorial in Central Park, just 100 yards from the place he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980. Listen to their words and check out a slideshow of the memorial.

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30 Years Later, New York Remembers John Lennon

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

On December 8th, 1980 at 10:50 P.M., John Lennon was murdered outside his apartment building by deranged fan Mark Chapman as Lennon returned from his recording studio. Thirty years later, New Yorkers are still commemorating the Beatle that made our city his home. Here are some ways to remember Lennon around town on Wednesday.

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NY Arts Icons Awarded Kennedy Center Honors

Monday, December 06, 2010

Two New Yorkers—"Fela!" choreographer Bill T. Jones, and "Hello, Dolly" composer Jerry Herman—take home national honors.

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Terrance McKnight Interviews Ntozake Shange and M. Nahadr about 'For Colored Girls'

Friday, November 19, 2010

Is For Colored Girls still relevant? Let us know by posting a comment here!

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Punk Rock Author Patti Smith Wins National Book Award

Thursday, November 18, 2010

On Wednesday night, November 17, Patti Smith won the 2010 National Book Award in the Non-fiction category for her memoir, "Just Kids."

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At Long Last, The Beatles Come to iTunes

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

After years of negotiations, the Beatles' music will be available for sale at the iTunes music store. WNYC and WQXR's music experts weigh in on the big news.

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