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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Composer and author Ned Rorem turns 90 today. Why isn't there more celebrating? In the meantime, however, here's an introduction to this essential, brilliant and more than occasionally irascible American artist. Hear some of the instantly appealing songs that have helped to cement his reputation.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
A bright-eyed child transforms an elegiac prayer in a new video from New York Polyphony and director Mark DeChiazza, featuring incandescent music by the late English composer Richard Rodney Bennett.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Spruce up the woodshed: with the new school year upon us, here are some easy ways to help you maximize music practice time — regardless of how old you are or what level of playing you've achieved.
Friday, August 30, 2013
See one last taste of a delicious summer day, delivered in the form of a breezy French-Brazilian tune by the New York-based group Banda Magda, fronted by the charming singer Magda Giannikou.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The British magazine has trimmed down the number for awards being handed in its 90th annual prize ceremony. Is that good or bad for classical music?
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A blogger charges that management at the Minneapolis-based symphony may have attempted to undercut pro-labor organizing efforts — several months before talks between the musicians and the administration failed. The orchestra association says that they were just doing their job.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell is going to be joining Lance Bass and a Shark Tank judge in Atlantic City. (And one of the country's foremost classical music critics is a preliminary rounds judge.) Is there a classical music/beauty pageant axis we just didn't know about?
Thursday, August 08, 2013
A lengthy interview with Leonard Bernstein. One man's quest to understand obsessive Phish fandom. A look at the life of a jazz legend. We survey these and other highlights of music-themed books worth reading this summer.
Thursday, August 08, 2013
A group of Jewish and Muslim musicians who played together in the bars and cafes of Algiers in the 1940s and '50s thought they'd never see each other again. But after a chance encounter one of them had with a tourist in an Algerian bazaar, their lives changed forever.
Friday, August 02, 2013
Watch an inspiring new video from a group that weaves together African, Amerindian and Latin sounds in a rich and soulful blend.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Hear world premiere performances by the Kronos Quartet and collaborators — members of Antibalas, tUnE-yArDs and Iron and Wine as well as stars from the Fela Kuti musical Fela! — live at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival. And rehearsal photos show new music and old instruments coming together.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno. The results provide thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Touring the world with Valery Gergiev and Joshua Bell is the opportunity of a lifetime for 120 teenage musicians taking part in the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States, organized by Carnegie Hall. Can their experience give a boost to classical music more generally?
Friday, July 12, 2013
Watch an installation artist and a percussion quartet make music of the city, by the city and for the city. The world premiere of their outdoor work uses lengthy piano wires strung to the Manhattan Bridge. The unique sounds reflect and concentrate urban energy in an unforgettable way.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Vi Hart takes dodecaphony out of the ivory tower and onto YouTube in incredibly entertaining lay terms. And you'll never hear "Mary Had A Little Lamb" in quite the same way again.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Not that long ago, a composer using an electric guitar would have seemed like a crime against the state of classical music. Here are five pieces from recent decades that show how musicians have used this American invention to extend and expand the European tradition.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Framed by a beautiful array of vintage drums, the trumpeter and santur player pairs the sibling spirits of jazz and Arab classical music with the help of his quintet.
Monday, June 24, 2013
31-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton had a double win at the prestigious Welsh competition. She walked away Sunday with both the main prize and the song award.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Friday at 6:30 PM, come hear a singular world premiere at Make Music New York. A collaboration commissioned by NPR Music with artist Eli Keszler and drumming dynamos So Percussion uses the Manhattan Bridge itself as part of the music-making.
Friday, June 14, 2013
Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other. The great composer's violin and viola, which are only pulled out of storage in Salzburg about once a year, are in the United States for the very first time. And the magic they wield is undeniable.