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New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The New York City Opera, nicknamed the "people's opera" by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia when it was founded 70 years ago, has always been a low-cost alternative to the more upscale Metropolitan Opera. The company may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.

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Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Sunday, September 08, 2013

From a new concerto by Béla Fleck to established concertos by Béla Bartok, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden spin a wide variety of new classical recordings.

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Music For The Bisontennial

Friday, September 06, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

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Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A bright-eyed child transforms an elegiac prayer in a new video from New York Polyphony and director Mark DeChiazza, featuring incandescent music by the late English composer Richard Rodney Bennett.

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Soundcheck

Threefifty: Fusing Minimalism And EDM, On Guitar

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The hypnotic sounds of minimalism and EDM -- or, electronic dance music -- echo in the folk-influenced music of the Brooklyn-based Threefifty. Hear the duo perform in the Soundcheck studio and watch its brand new video for the song "29."

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Why Aren't Composers Writing More Symphonies Today?

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel — the artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra — sets out to answer a difficult question: Why don't we see more new works boasting the name "symphony"?

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Showdown @ High Noon

Showdown Results: Britten Beats Prokofiev by One Vote

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

We asked you to tell us which child-inspired work you'd like to hear today at 12 pm and you voted for Britten's Young Persons' Guide to the Orchestra.

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10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Spruce up the woodshed: with the new school year upon us, here are some easy ways to help you maximize music practice time — regardless of how old you are or what level of playing you've achieved.

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Together In Song

The Chorus at the Opera

Sunday, September 01, 2013

You’ll find all kinds of characters in the opera house: the Prima Donna diva, the heroic tenor, the menacing bad-guy bass. But, what about the peasants, prisoners, orphans, soldiers and slaves?

The Academy Of St. Martin In The Red

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

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When Symphony Boards Get Desperate

Friday, August 30, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mesmerized by the Caruso records he heard on the streets of lower Manhattan as a poor kid, Richard Tucker took to singing and never looked back. New York honors its native son with arias and corned beef.

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Showdown @ High Noon

Choose a US Open Warm-Up Piece

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It's day three of the U.S Open, and warming up on court for our Showdown are three classical music stars who also happen to be tennis fans. Tell us your pick and we'll play the winner at 12 noon.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Young Concert Artists Competition Winners in Concert

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The organization Young Concert Artists was founded in 1961 and continues to host an annual competition in New York. In this week’s episode, we review the 2012 YCA winners.

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Slimmed-Down Gramophone Awards Honor Home Team

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The British magazine has trimmed down the number for awards being handed in its 90th annual prize ceremony. Is that good or bad for classical music?

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Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets

Sunday, August 25, 2013

For 40 years, the Renaissance Street Singers have given free public performances of sacred music. But they insist that their mission is not religious in nature.

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His Voice? Muzak To Her Ears

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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Behind The Latest Round Of Bruised Feelings At The Minnesota Orchestra

Thursday, August 22, 2013

A blogger charges that management at the Minneapolis-based symphony may have attempted to undercut pro-labor organizing efforts — several months before talks between the musicians and the administration failed. The orchestra association says that they were just doing their job.

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Daniel Hope's Earth And Sky Expedition

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Watch the celebrated violinist play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights with jazz bassist Ben Allison. Hope ponders the cosmos, bringing together music and time, with works by composers from different centuries who might not always be found, he says, "in the same galaxy."

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Symphonic For The People: The Mid-Century American Symphony

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The middle of the 20th century was a golden age for American symphonic music. From William Grant Still's celebration of African-American culture to Marc Blitzstein's ode to aviation and the U.S. military, Harvard scholar Carol Oja explores a compellingly diverse group of American symphonies.

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