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Video Game Scores Rank Beside Mozart and Beethoven in Classic FM Survey

Friday, April 10, 2015

In British classical radio station Classic FM's new Top 300 chart, nine spots went to video game soundtracks. Should video game scores have a place in the classical music genre?
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Operavore

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream at the Opera

Friday, April 10, 2015

There is a fair amount of screaming in opera, most of it written or implied in the music. But lately Fred Plotkin has heard two very unwelcome screams at the Met.
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The Takeaway

Ballpark Figures: This Ballpark Organist Balances Twitter and Tradition

Friday, April 10, 2015

In our final installment of Ballpark Figures, organist Matthew Kaminski shares how he crowdsources musical taunts for the opposing team while keeping ballpark traditions alive.

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New York Now

Watch Live: NOW Ensemble Unveils New Album 'Dreamfall'

Friday, April 10, 2015

Monday, June 15 at 7 pm, indie-classical standard-bearers NOW Ensemble celebrate the release of their latest album "Dreamfall" with a performance live from The Greene Space.

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Conducting Business

Valentina Lisitsa Episode: Lessons in Damage Control

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Orchestras and arts organizations find themselves walking a fine line with protecting their brand when they hire an artist with controversial views.

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WQXR Blog

Where to Find Young Orchestra Audiences? Try a 'Lord of the Rings' Concert

Thursday, April 09, 2015

"For all the talk of the graying classical audience, this enthusiastic crowd was as diverse in age and ethnicity as I've seen in a long time," writes host Elliott Forrest.
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WQXR Blog

BAM Turns to Orchestra World for Next President

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The arts center on Thursday said that Katy Clark, the executive director of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, will become its next president, effective June 30.
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World of Opera

Rossini's 'Tancredi' From Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Host Lisa Simeone presents a production of Rossini's "Tancredi" from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Tonight: Tchaikovsky's 'Little Russian' Symphony

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Tonight at 9 pm, the Philharmonic presents Tchaikovsky’s symphony based on Ukrainian folk tunes – the "Little Russian" Symphony – plus two concertos by Carl Nielsen.

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Reflections from the Keyboard

The Sounds of Spain

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Tonight at 10 pm on Reflections from the Keyboard, host David Dubal dives into the first of four episodes focusing on the Sounds of Spain.

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Conducting Business

Toronto Symphony President Defends Decision to Drop Controversial Pianist

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Toronto Symphony president Jeff Melanson tells WQXR's Conducting Business that Valentina Lisitsa's politics had nothing to do with the orchestra's decision to drop her.

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WQXR Blog

New York Philharmonic Names Frank Huang Concertmaster

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The New York Philharmonic on Wednesday named Frank Huang of the Houston Symphony Orchestra as its next concertmaster, replacing Glenn Dicterow.
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WQXR Blog

Andrew Porter’s Top 5 Contributions to Classical Music

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

On April 3, Andrew Porter, the former classical music critic for the New Yorker, died at the age of 86. Porter’s accomplishments went far beyond the publication.
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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Hartt School Concerto Competition Winners

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

This week we head north to Connecticut to hear recent winners of The Hartt School’s Concerto Competition: Egyptian pianist Mohamed Shams and American clarinetist Diego Vasquez.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: WQXR Presents Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Watch the stars of the Met Opera preview selections from the company's spring 2015 productions.

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Meet the Composer

Announcing Season Two of Meet the Composer

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Announcing five more episodes of the radio show about today's exciting, dynamic and all-around inspiring composers, with host Nadia Sirota. Help fund Season Two today via Kickstarter.

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WQXR Features

Video Webcast: Metropolitan Opera Stars in The Greene Space

Monday, April 06, 2015

Watch the archived video webcast from The Greene Space of an event featuring arias and scenes from the Metropolitan Opera's spring season.

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Operavore

Desert Island Opera: Verdi's 'Don Carlo'

Monday, April 06, 2015

"If it is to the desert island that I must sail (and Wagner's 'Ring' has been disqualified), I would take Verdi’s 'Don Carlo' with me," writes Fred Plotkin.
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WQXR Blog

Orchestra Drops Pianist Valentina Lisitsa Over 'Deeply Offensive' Tweets

Monday, April 06, 2015

The ensemble has cited concerns over her "provocative" commentary supporting the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.
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Exploring Music

Spring is Here

Monday, April 06, 2015

Spring is in the air Exploring Music this week celebrate the coming of flowers and sunshine from under the melting winter ice. Hear music from Vivaldi, Strauss, Chopin and more.

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