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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

Saturday, May 02, 2015

You just can't stick a modern mouthpiece on an antique saxophone and get the right sound. The answer could be in the lab.

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Get Out And Hear Some New Music This Summer

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

From fully staged operas to intimate chamber pieces — at seaside settings and mountain vistas — summer festivals this year offer a broad array of modern music.

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Twitter Outrage Takes Toronto, Canceling Two Pianists

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa is a YouTube star. Reactions to her divisive and fiercely political Twitter account became the catalyst for a string of problems at the Toronto Symphony.

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Saying Goodbye To A Manhattan Classical Music Mecca

Friday, March 06, 2015

The last store in Manhattan devoted exclusively to classical sheet music is closing its doors today — having been lapped by online retailers and free file sharing.

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Young Composer's Work Dropped For Nazi Melody

Friday, March 06, 2015

The New York Youth Symphony canceled its Carnegie Hall performance of a piece that it recently premiered by Estonian-American composer Jonas Tarm. At issue is his use of a Nazi theme.

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Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

5 years, 40 works: Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that.

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What We Love And Hate About 'Mozart In The Jungle'

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The new Amazon series is a comedy, not a reality show — in any way, shape or form. But classical music fans may chuckle knowingly at the trials and tribulations of a young oboist in New York.

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Steinway Bids Farewell To Its Historic Hall

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The resplendent New York piano showroom is shutting down to make way for luxury condos. But that doesn't mean the company is going anywhere.

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In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments.

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What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?

Monday, December 01, 2014

Forget the best music of the past year — what are the very best compositions of the last century? Participate in member station Q2's poll, and they'll webcast a marathon of the top choices.

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Musicians' Brains Really Do Work Differently — In A Good Way

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Watch a great little TED-Ed video that lays out the scientific evidence.

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Uncovering The Heart Of Chopin — Literally

Monday, November 17, 2014

It sounds like something out of a Dan Brown novel. But a secret group of 13 gathered earlier this year to exhume the preserved heart of one of the world's most beloved composers, Frederic Chopin.

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After 200 Years, A Schubert Song Still Resonates

Sunday, October 19, 2014

On Oct. 19, 1814, an Austrian teenager named Franz Schubert wrote "Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel," a boldly innovative song that remains an inspiration for singers and songwriters.

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All Things Considered

Twenty Years Later, 'Klinghoffer' Still Draws Protests

Friday, October 17, 2014

Some critics charge that John Adams' opera is anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic. But the opera's supporters dispute that. With its Met debut on Monday, there are calls to burn the set to the ground.

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A Ferguson Protest Brings New Meaning To Brahms' Requiem In St. Louis

Monday, October 06, 2014

To protest the shooting death of Ferguson, Mo., teenager Mike Brown, audience members at a St. Louis Symphony concert unfurled banners and stood to sing an old union song.

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If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

Friday, September 19, 2014

Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it's time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.

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Listen To The Atlanta Symphony While It's Locked Out — Again

Friday, September 12, 2014

In music from Giuseppe Verdi to Jennifer Higdon, celebrate the sound of the venturesome Atlanta Symphony Orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.

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Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Estranged colleagues Philip Glass and Steve Reich hadn't appeared together for more than 30 years — until last night in Brooklyn. Yet it was the music, not the reunion, that carried the show.

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Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Estranged colleagues Philip Glass and Steve Reich hadn't appeared together for more than 30 years — until last night in Brooklyn. Yet it was the music, not the reunion, that carried the show.

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Great Expectations: A New Season of New Music

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Mozart and Beethoven aren't going anywhere, but U.S. orchestras, opera companies and chamber groups are also presenting dozens of compelling premieres.

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