Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings is a piece of music frequently chosen to mark occasions of public mourning, including the funerals of F.D.R., J.F.K. and memorial concerts in the wake of 9/11.
Does the secret to the pristine sound of an 18th century violin lie in the density of its wood? Probably not. But it's among the intriguing questions raised by a recent scientific study of the Vieuxtemps, an instrument described as the "Mona Lisa of violins."
Summer has not yet officially arrived, but classical music is already decamping from the cities and heading for more bucolic settings. The Ojai Music Festival got an early start under the direction of British composer and conductor George Benjamin.
A night at the opera doesn’t get much more rollicking and unpredictable than György Ligeti's apocalyptic satire Le Grand Macabre. Here is what you need to know if you are attending the New York Philharmonic's performance this week.
Soundcheck's picks this week include an afro-pop pioneer and a musical portrait of Los Angeles of the 1940s and '50s.
This week’s picks include a look into obscure corners of the violin repertoire and yet another fine indie rock band from Montreal.
This week's episode explores the musical achievements of the New York City Ballet. Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins explores the works that the Ballet has commissioned, why American music has been championed, how choreographers have responded and more in this special edition.
Inspect the room where Handel slept, see the last piano that Chopin composed on or check out Beethoven's viola. As you make your summer travel plans, here are five composer museums to consider, both near and far.
Reprinted with permission from MusicalAmerica.com
NEW YORK -- George Manahan, who has been a fixture in the pit of New York City Opera for the past 12 seasons, will add a more visible podium in 2010-11, as music director of the American Composers Orchestra.
In recent years, entering the glass-enclosed atrium across from Lincoln Center could be a dismal experience, but now that bleak facility is a memory.
Our New Year's resolutions often never make it past that first January thaw. This year, consider a different action plan. Here are five ways you can become a better classical music fan--and participant.
The genesis of some holiday songs is pretty self-evident, but others don't reveal themselves so easily. Here are the stories of fifteen classic songs and carols.
With applications for the iPhone and iPod touch multiplying at a dizzying rate, there is a small but growing slate of products for the classical music fan. Here are five standouts.
Like standing ovations, cheers of "bravo," and foot-stomping, booing is a ritual at concerts that can occur for all sorts of reasons -- a bad performance, an audience feeling betrayed, a misconceived production. While use of the term "boo" began sometime in the 19th century, heckling of one sort or ...
Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung is an epic saga of greed, lust, the corrupting influence of power, and redemption through love told over sixteen hours and four nights. It's sung completely in German. Music for the masses it is not. Or is it?
While the Ring may seem like ...
The Oscar nominees for best original score range from the exotic sounds of "Slumdog Millionaire" to the lush elegance of "Milk" and "Benjamin Button" to the colorful "Wall-E" and the violin-flavored "Defiance" (with soloist Joshua Bell). The Oscars ceremony will be held Sunday. [poll id="6"]
Slumdog Millionaire (“Jai Ho”) ...
New York City Opera is known as a cheap and accessible venue for opera-goers. But its home at Lincoln Center is being renovated this season, and the company will essentially be closed. Without its roughly 120 performances, audiences and singers will have to look elsewhere. One place to start is ...
New York City Opera is known as a cheap and accessible venue for opera-goers. But its home at Lincoln Center is being renovated this season, and the company will essentially be closed. Without its roughly 120 performances, audiences and singers will have to look elsewhere.
WNYC’s Brian Wise reports...
The notion of Denver’s music scene left me stumped initially. Denver has a music scene? Sure, many of us who follow the music industry are aware that the city is home to the country's second-largest arts complex, home to at least 11 groups. And yes, there are a smattering of ...
Okay, look - I'm a city boy, and I never liked country music. As far as I knew, country music was sappy songs about dogs, trucks, and gun racks. But I did like folk and bluegrass - the songs seemed old, and earthy. Well, the Nashville studios may have smoothed ...