Even with an impressive concert lineup, a vacation centered around a summer music festival can be a little boring if there’s nothing else of interest nearby. As orchestras and opera companies start their summer seasons, here’s a handy guide for where to go to experience great music based on alternate leisure pursuits.
It’s the time of year when beaches open, outdoor concerts begin and for hundreds of men and women in the Navy the time to spend six days in New York City for Fleet Week. Celebrate the week with our top five Naval-themed works of classical music.
As New Yorkers slog through a week of gray skies and wet weather, we're saluting the top five depictions of storms in classical music -- from Beethoven to Strauss.
Since we listed our Top Five Classical Music Apps in 2009, there's been an explosion in app development and devices that use them (iPad anyone?). Our new Top Five apps for the iPhone and iPad harness technology to enhance your musical consumption.
Now that Kate and Will are a certified married couple, we look at some fruitful unions within classical music royalty with the Top 5 @ 105 power marriages.
From Handel to Korngold, we look at the works that document the Exodus, the Passover Seder and other Jewish traditions at this time of year. Here our the Top five Passover works of classical music.
The quartet has been compared to a marriage. Like matrimony, infighting, clashing personalities and disparate ambitions are just a few causes for strife, break-ups, but also beautiful music. Here are our top five quarreling string quartets.
We’ve made it through the Ides of March in one piece, but now comes the true test: April Fools Day. In honor of this annual excuse for practical jokes, we’re looking at the best musical wisecrackers out there.
For a country with a robust musical heritage, Ireland is underrepresented in the classical music canon. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are our Top five non-musical Irish influences on classical music.
Whether opera in a Lower East Side dive, chant in a Belgian beer bar, impromptu chamber performances in Chelsea Market, here are our Top Five surprise corners to listen to classical tunes.
In honor of Women’s History Month, here are a selection of ladies, who might be better known if they had been afforded the same opportunities available to their male counterparts.
It takes a certain skill to compose a great film score. It takes an even more precise one to compose a great score that can be appreciated in a concert hall. Here are the top five scores that hold up on their own.
It’s unfortunate to think that Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays were conflated into one Presidents’ Day, but on the other hand, it does give an excuse to celebrate all America’s leaders. Here are a top five.
Finding that Valentine’s Day performance that truly delivers a romantic evening without being banal or even worse, a rip-off, can be tough. To help out, we offer five Valentine’s Day performances that don’t compromise quality.
In recognition of Black History Month, we’re looking at individuals who helped break down racial barriers on stages, orchestra pits and podiums. Here are the top five black artists who broke barriers.
Brooklyn has long held a spot in the independent music firmament. Increasingly, symphonies, operas and experimental venues are growing alongside the indie rock scene. Here are our top five storylines we are following in Brooklyn:
As we celebrate the current class of the keyboard world this month with our series Powerhouse Pianists, here are five up-and-coming prodigies -- and recent prodigies -- who could be selling out concert halls in the years to come.
This may be the year of the rabbit, but it also seems to be a great year for contemporary music. Here are the top five new music events sure to generate some heat these winter months.
As 2011 gears up, another group of birthdays and anniversaries are receiving their due on stages, with one composer hanging around for a second straight year.
From guerrilla choruses to Gaga getups, 2010 has seen more musicians using online video to showcase a less predictable and more approachable type of classical music. Here are our top five.