Anne Midgette covers the classical music scene for The Washington Post.
The New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles tells us about some of his favorite records of the year and shares that his biggest musical disappointment of the year is that "Auto-Tune isn't over." Then, Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette shares her favorites from the past year, including a dancing orchestra.
When Steve Reich visited us back in April, he spoke about the deeply personal story behind his latest work, WTC 9/11. Today, we revisit that interview – and explore the controversy that erupted several months later when the album’s initial cover image (pictured) struck a nerve. Joining us will be Anne Midgette, classical music critic for the Washington Post.
The Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy filing is just the latest in a long history of bad news about American orchestras. But let's take a look at the brighter side of the story, shall we? With the help of Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette and Brooklyn Philharmonic artistic director Alan Pierson, we discuss ensembles that are tackling tough times with innovative efforts—and finding success.
Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette talks about the Met's new production of Wagner's Die Walküre.
Sometimes the plots of operas are ripped straight from the tabloids. The Washington Post's classical music critic Anne Midgette joins us for a look at the grand tradition of documentary operas, and the genre's recent crop --from "Nixon in China" to Anna Nicole Smith.
Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette weighs in on the real lives and events in docu-operas.
Our Critics Week series continues with a look back at year in classical music and opera. Washington Post chief classical music critic Anne Midgette joins us with her picks for the year’s best. Plus: Tis the season – for Handel’s “Messiah.” Every year at this time, Handel’s big piece for chorus, soloists and orchestra takes over the NY concert scene. Kent Tritle, conductor of the Oratorio Society of NY and Musica Sacra, and host of the new “Choral Mix with Kent Tritle” on WQXR, updates us on all things "Messiah."
Donald Rosenberg, the classical music critic of Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, was pulled off his regular beat in 2008 after writing a number of pieces critical of the Cleveland Orchestra and specifically its music director, Franz Welser-Möst.
Anne Midgette, of The Washington Post, weighs in on Sting's new album, 'Symphonicity.'
A conversation about Michael Jackson and genre-blending music.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present classical arrangements of Michael Jackson’s music, including songs from the Jackson Five and Thriller.
One of the most anticipated--and sometimes even most surprising--parts of any musical recital or concert is the encore. Anne Midgette of The Washington Post gives WQXR her take on the elements at play in great encores.
Anne Midgette of The Washington Post talks about how opera houses are doing in the recession.
It was the decade when movie theaters started showing opera, and the LA Philharmonic hired a 28-year-old whose nickname was "The Dude" to run the show. Today, Critics' Week continues with a look at the decade in classical and opera music. Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic of the Washington ...
As Wagner's "Ring Cycle" arrives at the Metropolitan Opera this week critics contend that it's the ultimate in long, boring and bombastic music drama. But Wagner fans (or "Ringheads") argue that few composers pack in more thrilling songs, glorious orchestral passages, and big ideas -- and the rewards for the ...
As part of our series "Seven Sins: The Deadly Medley," we explore how the seven so-called cardinal sins shape works in pop, classical, R&B, and other genres. On the eve of Valentine's Day, we indulge in the big one: Lust. Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette and Details magazine ...