Mark Mobley

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New Research Reveals Rachmaninoff's Secret Career

Friday, April 01, 2016

After his First Symphony flopped, the Russian composer made ends meet with a short-lived and little-known career in vaudeville and the circus.


Songs For A Plutonian Road Trip

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The size of a piano. A baby grand piano.

That's the standard description of New Horizons, the spaceship now arriving at the final planet in our solar system. Since its discovery in 1930, and its naming by an 11-year-old British schoolgirl, Venetia Burney, Pluto has inspired countless science fiction writers, ...


A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Museum curators, instrument dealers and some of the world's most esteemed musicians will be clutching paddles today at Cloiduff's auction house in New York. They're gathering for what is expected to be an eight-figure sale of perhaps the rarest instruments ever to appear at auction: a pair of lovingly restored ...


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

From its start nearly 25 years ago, The Simpsons was different. Not only was it animated, it had a Murderer's Row of voice actors and writing talent. It was absurdly funny and more than occasionally touching. Today, the show still embraces an uncommonly wide range of ...


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

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Conductor Julius Rudel, a defining figure in 20th-century opera production, died early Thursday morning. He was 93, and died at his New York home of natural causes, according to his son Anthony Rudel, station manager of Boston classical music broadcaster WCRB. WCRB is part of WGBH and an ...


Join A Nationwide Performance Of The National Anthem

Saturday, June 14, 2014

O say can you sing? The Smithsonian National Museum of American History asks that you belt out "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a nationwide singalong Saturday afternoon. June 14 is both Flag Day and part of the museum's celebration of the anthem's bicentennial. So gather your family and friends, ...


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

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Arvo Pärt's devout, contemplative, seemingly timeless music speaks to modern listeners as almost no other composer's does. It has the purity and gravity of monastic chant, the clarity of minimalism and a profound spirituality. These qualities have helped it find a broad audience outside the confines of classical ...


Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Colorado Symphony patrons — if they aren't already — are about to have the option of being Rocky Mountain high.

Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series, which begins May 23, includes three BYOC (bring your own cannabis) chamber concerts at a gallery with an enclosed smoking area and ...


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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Shakespeare is 450 today! And after all these years, The Tempest is still so magical it can make Teller talk.

A new Las Vegas production of Shakespeare's final fantasy has a creative team as splendid as the show itself. It's co-directed by master magician


Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

(Happy April Fools 2014. See you next year.)

American opera companies are producing as much drama in the boardroom as onstage. New York City Opera folded in 2013 after years of unbalanced budgets. In March of this year, San Diego Opera announced that its current ...


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

Thursday, February 27, 2014

By all accounts, 2014 is an exceptionally tough year for handicapping Oscar winners. But some of the most interesting races are among people who won't be asked who they're wearing on the red carpet.

The competition for best original score is particularly fierce, including musicians from the classical and pop ...


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

Friday, January 31, 2014

Not every sports fan is glued to the Super Bowl. Sunday also brings Puppy Bowl X, the tenth iteration of the immensely successful Animal Planet program featuring playful pups and a beleaguered human referee. This year's new element is a fantasy game, in which each viewer may log ...


Soundscapes In C, In Winter And In Alaska

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

For most of the summer, we at NPR Music have been chasing the Great American Symphony — through the past, present and future. We've also discussed composers creating pieces that sound like symphonies but are named something else. We've even looked at pieces called symphonies that ...


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

Thursday, August 08, 2013

It's already August 8, which means you've got maybe three or four weeks left to complain about preseason football, inadequately shield yourself from the scorching heat of the sun, and communicate with your kids about something other than why they haven't done their homework. So why not get cracking on ...


Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

Monday, April 08, 2013

Mad Men's music is as important as its plot and costumes. While attention has been lavished on its pop songs, the show's occasional use of classical music has gone largely unrecognized.

In Sunday's season-opening episode, a teenaged violinist played solo Chopin and then, after ...


Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Robert Ward

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Robert Ward, the American composer who won the Pulitzer Prize for bringing Arthur Miller's play The Crucible to the opera stage, died early Wednesday of natural causes. The composer, who was also a National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honoree, was 95 years old. He had been living ...


Marching To 'Easter Monday On The White House Lawn'

Monday, April 01, 2013

John Philip Sousa was more than a bandmaster — he was a portraitist who captured a broad range of American life. From military outfits and fraternal organizations to the Liberty Bell, a newspaper, multiple universities and even a beach resort, Sousa ...


Marches Madness: Spielberg's Symphonist

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

Hitchcock and Herrmann,


Marches Madness: Royal Wedding Edition

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It's Marches Madness! Throughout this month, we're posting some of our favorite marches — from the concert hall, opera stage and parade ground. Got one we should hear? Played any yourself? Let us know in the comments section.

The 2011 wedding of England's Prince ...