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Brian Wise

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Documentary Short on Oldest Holocaust Survivor, Pianist Wins Oscar

Sunday, March 02, 2014

The Lady in Number 6," a film portrait of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest classical pianist and Holocaust survivor, won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short.

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Leonard Slatkin: Why I Invited Listeners to Snap Photos During a Concert

Friday, February 28, 2014

Leonard Slatkin says he's been surprising patrons during the Detroit Symphony's six-date Florida tour by inviting them to take photos of the performances on their phones.
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Vienna Philharmonic: Facing its Nazi Past But Struggling with Diversity

Thursday, February 27, 2014

While the Vienna Philharmonic has confronted its Nazi-era activities, questions remain about its lack of present-day diversity.

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Little Orchestra Society Turns to Audiences to Select a New Name

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Little Orchestra Society is looking to rename itself and is asking audiences for their input. "We’re looking at everything afresh," said the group's new music director.

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Paco de Lucia: A Flamenco Master's Foray into Classical Music

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Paco de Lucia, widely considered to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died on Wednesday at age 66, after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Mexico.

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Cello Duo Scores YouTube Hit with Heavy-Metal Cover

Monday, February 24, 2014

The crossover cello duo known as 2Cellos has scored a viral video hit with a theatrical cover of the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck.”

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Photos: Classical Musicians in the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The pianist Denis Matsuev, violist Yuri Bashmet, soprano Sumi Jo and conductor Valery Gergiev were among the performers in the Olympics closing ceremony.

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Gustavo Dudamel Responds to Furor Over Venezuela Concert

Friday, February 21, 2014

Gustavo Dudamel has responded to sharp criticism that he conducted a high-profile concert in his native Venezuela on the same day that anti-government protests in Caracas had spawned violent clashes.

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Preservation Battles for Bach, Ives Homes Take Unusual Twists

Friday, February 14, 2014

While many former homes of history’s composers have been destroyed by war, natural disaster or workaday real estate development, campaigners have increasingly sought to preserve what remains.

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'Japan's Beethoven': Understanding the Ghost Composer Scandal

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The fallout continues from the scandal involving Mamoru Samuragochi, who admitted that he’d faked his own deafness and paid someone else to write his music for nearly two decades.

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Met to Stage Terrorist Hijacking Opera in 2014-15 Season

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

One of the most controversial operas of recent decades will be staged at the Metropolitan Opera this fall.

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Long-Haul Conductor Daniele Gatti Cancels with Injury

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's not quite the curse of the Ring, but frequent Wagner conductor Daniele Gatti has been struck down by a repetitive strain injury in his shoulders, forcing him to cancel two months of concerts.

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Plácido Domingo Joins Cast of City Opera Reunion Concert

Monday, February 10, 2014

The cast for a concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of New York City Opera's first performance just got a bit more star-studded.

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Timeline: The Beatles Meet Classical Music

Saturday, February 08, 2014

The Beatles helped to erase the once rigid boundaries between rock ‘n’ roll and classical music. Check out a timeline that outlines some of the major intersections between their work and classical music.

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Anna Netrebko Performs at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Friday, February 07, 2014

Ready or not, Russia kicked off the Winter Olympics on Friday with a sumptous historical pageant scored to a number of the country’s great composers.

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Met Opera Singers' Union Braces for Tough Contract Talks

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The union representing the singers, dancers and production staff at the Metropolitan Opera is telling its members to expect an “epic battle” in upcoming contract talks.

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Russia's Classical Stars Expected at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Details have emerged about the musical lineup in the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Russian music historian Simon Morrison gives us some context.

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Top Five Athletic Composers

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It’s not just the Seattle Seahawks or the skiers at the Sochi Olympics who like to win. Many classical composers were athletes, too. Here are our top five athletic composers.

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Memphis Symphony Prepares to 'Wind Down' Operations

Monday, February 03, 2014

Fifty-four years after its founding, the Memphis Symphony has declared that it will “wind down” its operation at the end of the season, after years of sluggish box-office sales and a drop in giving.

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Renée Fleming Gives the Super Bowl an Operatic Opening

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Clad in a black Vera Wang dress with a flowing white sash – ensuring no wardrobe malfunctions – Fleming was accompanied an Armed Forces Chorus and a recording of the New Jersey Symphony.

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