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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Adams' percussion extravaganza Inuksuit — and hear a sneak preview of a terrific new recording.
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.
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 key role — as Beethoven had done in the previous season.
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 globe. Ward died Tuesday morning at age 95.
Monday, April 01, 2013
One of John Philip Sousa's happiest marches depicts the day each year when kids rule in Washington.
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 his sweeping, richly scored orchestral melodies. See Williams conduct the jolly march from the comedy 1941.
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.
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.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
While Scott Joplin was the king of ragtime, he had his heart set on writing opera. His only surviving score, Treemonisha, ends with a slow march that's "happy as a bird in June."