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Bank Set to Foreclose on Nashville Symphony's Concert Hall

Friday, June 07, 2013

Foreclosure proceedings have started against the financially troubled Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which owes more than $80 million in debt related to the construction of its home.

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Simon Rattle to Leave Berlin Philharmonic in 2018

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Simon Rattle will leave his post as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic when his contract ends in 2018, he said Thursday.

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Orchestra Watch: Seattle Symphony May Strike; Philly Saves the Day

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In this season of discontent, it can be hard to keep up with the changes so we're introducing Orchestra Watch, a new weekly look at the country’s hotspots.

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WQXR Blog

Indianapolis Symphony Cancels Fifth Week of Concerts

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is canceling a fifth week of concerts as contract negotiations with the musicians union remain deadlocked.

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Labor Standoffs Silence Orchestras in Minnesota, Indy

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Across the country, symphony and chamber orchestra executives have cited flat ticket sales and slumping private support as they seek major pay concessions from musicians.

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Tommy Dorsey and Leopold Stokowski Bring Brass and Rhythm to Young Audiences

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Tommy Dorsey's 1945 teaming up with Leopold Stokowski drives the young audience into a frenzy even before the first note is played. Stokowski comes across as a bit schoolmasterish, admonishing the audience to be quiet or "the concert ends now."

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Maestro, the DJ is Ready for his Concerto

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

A number of orchestras are betting on the idea that electronic sounds can coexist in an acoustic format, and theatrical young DJs can attract audiences otherwise put off by concert hall formality.

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Top Five Most Underrated Instruments

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

This week, The Economist’s More Intelligent Life Web site began polling readers on “Which Instrument Is the Best?” We've come up with a list of our own, for the symphony orchestra.

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Soundcheck

Spring for Music: Fantasy Programs

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Last year marked the first-ever Spring for Music Festival – a Carnegie Hall-hosted celebration of orchestras who’ve brought unusual and imaginative programs to the stage. The series returns this May, as does the festival’s “Fantasy Program Contest” – when anyone can submit an idea and vote for the program of their dreams. (Last year’s crowd-chosen winner paired Strauss’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” with John Williams’ “Superman.”) Joining us to discuss is Tom Morris, the artistic director of Spring For Music.

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Queens: The Symphony

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The borough of Queens is probably the most diverse place on earth, in terms of the amount of languages spoken and the sheer diversity of immigrants living there. “1001 Voices: A Symphony for Queens” is Frank London’s mammoth piece for orchestra, ethnic instruments, actors, visual projections, and a 190-piece choir; the work examines our changing ideas of migration and home. The composer joins us along with the writer and actor Judith Sloan to talk about their collaboration.

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Focus Group: What Do You Want to Hear?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What type of program would get you to come to see an orchestra at Carnegie Hall - or any venue, for that matter? New York Magazine music critic Justin Davidson joins us for this focus group-like approach to programming classical music - and filling concert halls.

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Cash-Strapped Long Island Philharmonic Hopes to Strike a Chord With Funders

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Long Island Philharmonic has been performing for more than 30 years, but it's now one of many local music organizations left grasping for funds during a time of dwindling support from the government and local organizations.

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WQXR Features

Cash-Strapped Long Island Philharmonic Hopes to Strike a Chord With Funders

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Long Island Philharmonic has been performing for more than 30 years, but it's now one of many local music organizations left grasping for funds during a time of dwindling support from the government and local organizations.

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The Takeaway

Curtain Closing on Live Broadway Orchestras?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

In response to a decision by some Broadway musicals to drastically cut the number of live performers in the orchestra pit, the Broadway musicians' union is waging an aggressive battle to save jobs. The show at the center of the controversy is the jukebox musical "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," which features disco favorites. The show currently only has nine musicians playing live in the orchestra. The rest of the music comes from a pre-recorded track. We talk with Marshall Coid, a lead on stage violinist in the Broadway show, "Chicago." Boyd has been performing on Broadway for 30 years, as an actor, singer and violinist.

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New Sounds

New Concert Music

Sunday, May 15, 2011

There are works for orchestra, works for the dance, and works with electronics on this New Sounds show, including selections from Joseph C. Phillips Jr. ’s work, "Vipassana," which, in the Pali language of early Buddhist texts, means "insight."

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The Arts File

Listening to the Royal Wedding Music

Friday, April 29, 2011

WQXR's Elliott Forrest talks with Kerry Nolan about the music played at this morning's Royal wedding.

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The Takeaway

Another Major Orchestra in Financial Trouble

Monday, April 18, 2011

It's not the first, and it might not be the last either; the Philadelphia Orchestra filed for bankruptcy over the weekend, showing that even the country's most celebrated symphonies are feeling both short term and long term economic pain. In existence for 111 years, the orchestra played an instrumental role in bringing the caliber of U.S. classical music up to that offered overseas, and is listed among the top seven in the nation. But everything from high rent at the organization's Kimmel Center to disputes over musicians' benefits and sagging ticket sales has left the Orchestra with a $5 million deficit this year. Are orchestras on the verge of extinction? 

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The Arts File

"Kinshasa Symphony" At NY African Film Festival

Friday, April 01, 2011

In this week's Arts File, Kerry Nolan speaks with WNYC contributor Femi Oke about the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra and a new film that tells its story.

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WQXR Features

DiMenna Center Gives Itinerant Orchestra a Home

Monday, March 07, 2011

After 37 years on the road, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s has a permanent home base in which it can rehearse, record and manage its administrative affairs, with the opening of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Conducting Business

Confronting the System

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Classical music has a reputation for being a color-blind meritocracy. But the numbers tell a different story. In the second of two podcasts on diversity in classical music, Terrance McKnight talks with three prominent decision-makers.

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