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Help Wanted: Top Five Conductor Vacancies

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Opportunity abounds for the ambitious maestro. A number of prestigious jobs are available right now and in in the near future, though more than a few have serious strings attached.


Carnegie Hall Live

On-Demand Audio: Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Listen to the archived broadcast of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, performing pieces by Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Scriabin.

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Remembering Claudio Abbado

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Claudio Abbado was a person of strong political and social beliefs, and sought to democratize the audience experience at La Scala during his 18 years there, writes Fred Plotkin in this reflection. 

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Top 5 @ 105

Top Five Longest-Serving Music Directors

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Despite the trend towards youth, these five conductors have shown both longevity and loyalty, becoming synonymous with the major ensembles they’re still leading.

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Conductor John Eliot Gardiner Explores The Musical World Of Bach

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Sir John Eliot Gardiner's new book, Bach: Music In The Castle Of Heaven, the renowned conductor builds on existing Bach scholarship and examines Bach's personal life and musical compositions.



Misconduct at the Opera House

Saturday, March 30, 2013

If a performance is "numbingly slow" with "no pacing to speak of, no structure or architecture to the rendering of the score" should the conductor be blamed? Absolutely, argues Fred Plotkin.

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Top 5 Violinists-turned-Conductors

Thursday, February 21, 2013

There are few things left for Joshua Bell to achieve as a violinist, but as a conductor he still has plenty of new ground to cover. Blogger Amanda Angel gives her list of top five violinists that have become maestros.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

A Chorus of Conversation: What Is American Music?

Monday, February 11, 2013


In recognition of tonight's State of the Union address, hear a spirited 1950 roundtable on American music, featuring Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Lukas Foss and Irving Fine.

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Conductors under 40: Wave of the Future or Passing Fad?

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Midge Woolsey wonders, "is youth is the magic bullet for what ails orchestras right now? Do today's young conductors have what it takes to live up to the hype?"

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