Mark Mobley

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Songs For A Plutonian Road Trip

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

As the New Horizons spacecraft arrives at Pluto, here are nine songs inspired by the controversial dwarf planet.


A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A pair of timpani — the only ones crafted by legendary viola and violin maker Antonio Stradivari — go on sale today in New York. Bidding on the two drums might go well into eight figures.


A Flurry Of Premieres For American Orchestras

Thursday, November 20, 2014

How about some good — even great — news from American orchestras? Today and tomorrow, four of the country's biggest ensembles are playing world premieres by prominent composers.


A Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For a family initially derided as crude, it sure spends a lot of time at the opera. Here's a sampling of embiggened classical music during The Simpsons marathon, which starts today on FXX.


Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The conductor served as musical and administrative head of New York's second-largest opera company at a time when American talent was flowering.


Join A Nationwide Performance Of The National Anthem

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Today at 4 p.m. Eastern, everyone in the U.S. is invited to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." It's a Smithsonian tribute to the bicentennial of the anthem, a product of the War of 1812.


Music By Arvo Pärt, Live From The Met Museum's Temple Of Dendur

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performs an extended piece derived from an ancient canon of repentance. Unfolding as a long prayer, the music is rich, multilayered and mesmerizing.


Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The days of covertly toking before hearing Mozart are coming to an end in Denver. The Colorado Symphony has a new Classically Cannabis series, which is exactly what it says it is.


For Shakespeare's 450th Birthday, Here's An Unusual Tempest

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Las Vegas production of Shakespeare's The Tempest features music by Tom Waits and direction by the usually silent magician Teller, who you can hear speak (!) about the production here.


Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Get Richard or die trying: For one opera company, it's go big or go home. In Texas, Rio Grande Opera is performing Wagner's epic Ring operas back to back and over and over until $8 million is raised.


And The Oscar Goes To ... Mr. 'Star Wars' Or Arcade Fire?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

If there's ever a stereotypical bunch of contenders for the Best Original Score Oscar, the class of 2014 definitely isn't it. Meet them — and see the haunting short that's a companion to Gravity.


In The 'Puppy Bowl,' Bach Goes To The Dogs

Friday, January 31, 2014

This Sunday's Puppy Bowl X is the first to feature a fantasy game. We've drafted a team that includes a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bach — and two other pups with classical connections.


Soundscapes In C, In Winter And In Alaska

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Explore three unique pieces that aren't symphonies but have epic sweep: Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece In C, Phil Kline's holiday boombox parade Unsilent Night and John Luther A...


Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer

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.


Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

Monday, April 08, 2013

Fans of the AMC series know it uses pop music as well as any TV show. But Don Draper's world has its classical corners, too. In the the sixth season's opening episode, Chopin played a...


Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Robert Ward

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The composer is best remembered for his operatic retelling of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, which debuted at New York City Opera in 1961 and has since been staged all over the gl...


Marching To 'Easter Monday On The White House Lawn'

Monday, April 01, 2013

One of John Philip Sousa's happiest marches depicts the day each year when kids rule in Washington.


Marches Madness: Spielberg's Symphonist

Thursday, March 28, 2013

As Hollywood grew increasingly computerized, one man stuck to his Romantic guns. Thanks to John Williams, aliens, wizards, dinosaurs and even humans have cruised across the screen to ...


Marches Madness: Royal Wedding Edition

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hear the march that accompanied the wedding of William and Kate — and Charles and Diana: William Walton's Crown Imperial, originally written for the Duke of Windsor.


Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A tiny tax hike between the World Wars started a musical revolution. Hear a community band from Wisconsin play the Iowa Band Law March, which celebrates municipal support of music.