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How taking on unfamiliar challenges alongside my daughter benefits us both.

#books-and-literature, #chess, #classical-music, #parenting, #surfing

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Gustavo Dudamel Hasn’t Conducted Much Opera. That’s OK.

This classical superstar, just named as the Paris Opera’s next music director, isn’t the first maestro to jump to the theater.

#classical-music, #dudamel-gustavo, #opera, #paris-opera

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Gustavo Dudamel, Superstar Conductor, Is to Lead Paris Opera

In a coup, the venerable company has hired as its next music director the rare classical artist to have crossed into pop-culture celebrity.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #classical-music, #dudamel-gustavo, #hiring-and-promotion, #jordan-philippe, #los-angeles-philharmonic, #neef-alexander, #opera, #paris-opera

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400 Days Later, the New York Philharmonic Returns

The orchestra’s first indoor concert for a live audience in 13 months was a quietly joyful celebration.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #hudson-yards-manhattan-ny, #new-york-philharmonic, #salonen-esa-pekka, #shaw-caroline, #shed-manhattan-ny, #sibelius-jean, #strauss-richard, #van-zweden-jaap

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Edinburgh Festivals Will Go Ahead, in Person and Online

The Edinburgh International Festival, canceled last year, said it would proceed in August thanks to three specially built pavilions.

#classical-music, #dancing, #edinburgh-scotland, #edinburgh-international-festival, #linehan-fergus, #theater

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When Boston Ruled the Music World

Three recent recordings conjure the mid-20th-century moment when the city was a center of innovative composition.

#boston-mass, #boston-modern-orchestra-project, #boston-university, #brandeis-university, #classical-music, #colleges-and-universities, #harvard-university, #jazz, #kirchner-leon, #new-england-conservatory, #opera, #schuller-gunther, #shapero-harold-1920-2013, #the-fisherman-and-his-wife-opera

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Brahms

Listen as Carlos Santana, Branford Marsalis and others pick their favorites of the moody master of 19th-century music.

#brahms-johannes, #classical-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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A Pandemic Opportunity: Geffen Hall’s Overhaul Accelerates

Dark since March 2020, the New York Philharmonic’s home will reopen in fall 2022, a year and a half ahead of schedule.

#borda-deborah, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #finances, #geffen-david, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #new-york-philharmonic, #restoration-and-renovation, #timms-henry

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With Open Ears, Indian Ragas and Western Melodies Merge

Amit Chaudhuri charts his musical journey in a new book, “Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music.”

#books-and-literature, #chaudhuri-amit, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #finding-the-raga-an-improvisation-on-indian-music-book, #india, #writing-and-writers

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Listening to Music in the Desert at Dawn

Terry Tempest Williams, an author and environmental activist, on bird song, Keith Jarrett and slowing down.

#abyss-of-the-birds-song, #birds, #books-and-literature, #classical-music, #erosion-essays-of-undoing-book, #first-solo-voice-song, #invocations-album, #jarrett-keith, #messiaen-olivier, #music, #quartet-for-the-end-of-time-musical-work, #williams-terry-tempest

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Members of the Paris Opera Take Their Talents to a Different Stage

The singers, dancers and musicians played on, serenading their phones, pirouetting in masks and performing, faceless, on the radio.

#basso-jose-luis, #chatenet-nicolas, #classical-music, #colasante-valentine, #dancing, #opera, #paris-france, #paris-opera, #paris-opera-ballet, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Paul Laubin, 88, Dies; Master of Making Oboes the Old-Fashioned Way

He learned the craft from his father and continued to make his instruments by hand. Laubin oboes are cherished for their dark and rich tone.

#classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #family-business, #laubin-paul, #musical-instruments, #oboe, #woodwind-instruments

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Music’s Most Treacherous Assignment: Finishing Mozart

A scholar dared to complete violin sonata fragments left by the great composer. They’re featured on a new album.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #glynn-christopher-1974, #jones-timothy-scholar, #mozart-wolfgang-amadeus, #mozart-jones-violin-sonatas-fragment-completions-album, #podger-rachel-1968, #royal-academy-of-music

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Kurt Weill’s Path From Europe to Broadway Was a Straight Line

Weill’s early, Weimar-era works reveal the qualities that found a natural home in his golden age American musicals.

#berlin-philharmonic, #brecht-bertolt, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #dutch-national-opera, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #opera, #theater, #weill-kurt

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For Eddie Izzard, a ‘99’ Ice Cream and a Waterloo Sunset Are Wondrous Things

The star of “Six Minutes to Midnight,” opening Friday, tells why Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, “Great Expectations,” David Bowie and London landmarks hold meaning for her.

#30-rock-tv-program, #art, #books-and-literature, #classical-music, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #david-bowie-finding-fame-movie, #dickens-charles, #elgar-edward-william, #great-expectations-book, #ice-cream-and-frozen-desserts, #izzard-eddie, #lewis-c-s, #london-england, #movies, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pogleswood-tv-program, #six-minutes-to-midnight-movie, #television, #the-great-escape-movie, #the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe-book, #waterloo-sunset-song

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A Malcolm X Opera Will Get a Rare Revival in Detroit

Michigan Opera Theater announced the return of indoor performances and named an associate artistic director: the star soprano Christine Goerke.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #blue-opera, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #davis-anthony-1951, #goerke-christine, #michigan-opera-theater, #opera, #sharon-yuval-1979, #tines-davone, #x-the-life-and-times-of-malcolm-x-opera

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Elliott Carter’s Early Flops Reveal a Budding Musical Master

A composer of famously thorny music had two failed forays into ballet, given fresh reconsideration on a new album.

#boston-modern-orchestra-project, #carter-elliott, #classical-music, #dancing, #elliott-carter-ballets-album, #pocahontas-ballet, #rose-gil, #the-minotaur-ballet

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Met Opera Musicians Accept Deal to Receive First Paycheck Since April

The Metropolitan Opera offered its orchestra temporary payments of up to $1,543 a week in exchange for simply coming to the bargaining table.

#american-federation-of-musicians, #american-guild-of-musical-artists, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #metropolitan-opera-orchestra, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #wages-and-salaries

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A Timeline of James Levine’s Final Years

The conductor’s last years at the Metropolitan Opera included a comeback, health woes and the sexual misconduct allegations that ended his career.

#classical-music, #levine-james, #metropolitan-opera, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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The Arts Are Coming Back This Summer. Just Step Outside.

The return of Shakespeare to Central Park is among the most visible signs that theaters, orchestras and opera companies aim to return to the stage — outdoors.

#boston-symphony-orchestra, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #classical-music, #delacorte-theater, #glimmerglass-festival, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #santa-fe-opera, #shakespeare-in-the-park, #shutdowns-institutional, #st-louis-shakespeare-festival, #summer-season, #tanglewood-music-festival-lenox-mass, #theater

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2021 Grammys Winners: Megan Thee Stallion Wins Best New Artist

Here are the winners of the 63rd annual awards.

#classical-music, #grammy-awards, #music, #pop-and-rock-music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rhythm-and-blues-music

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Online, Simon Rattle Gives a Preview of His Future in Munich

The British conductor will take the helm of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2023. But he got a head start with three livestreamed concerts.

#bavarian-radio-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #kozena-magdalena, #rattle-simon

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Listen to Five of the World’s Newest, Wildest Instruments

A Lego guitar and a “war tuba” are among the highlights of this year’s Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

#classical-music, #contests-and-prizes, #georgia-institute-of-technology, #music, #musical-instruments

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Before Lockdown, This Super Fan Went to 105 Shows in One Season

What has this year been like for the most voracious of culture vultures? A super fan in Chicago lets us into his life without the arts.

#chicago-ill, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #culture-arts, #minieka-edward-t, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #theater

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Triangulating Math, Mozart and ‘Moby-Dick’

Sarah Hart, the first woman to hold England’s distinguished Gresham professorship of geometry, explores the intersections of music, literature and mathematics.

#birkbeck-university-of-london, #books-and-literature, #classical-music, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-personal-profile, #england, #gresham-college, #hart-sarah-b-mathematician, #mathematics, #melville-herman, #moby-dick-book, #the-luminaries-book, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

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A Composer’s Notes Echo After His Death

The violinist Hilary Hahn has released the premiere recording of two serenades by Einojuhani Rautavaara, who died in 2016.

#aho-kalevi, #classical-music, #hahn-hilary, #mikko-franck, #orchestre-philharmonique-de-radio-france, #rautavaara-einojuhani

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Two Oscar Contenders to Stream

“A Concerto Is a Conversation” and “Hysterical Girl” are among 10 shortlisted films in the Best Documentary Short Subject category.

#academy-awards-oscars, #classical-music, #documentary-films-and-programs, #duvernay-ava, #florida, #freud-sigmund, #hollywood-calif

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Tenors

Rufus Wainwright, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and others choose opera’s most passionate, golden voices.

#bocelli-andrea, #bostridge-ian, #botha-johan, #bridges-jnai, #brownlee-lawrence, #classical-music, #goerke-christine, #groban-josh, #kaufmann-jonas, #little-david-t, #music, #opera, #padmore-mark, #pavarotti-luciano, #wainwright-rufus, #young-simone

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He Was Born Into Slavery, but Achieved Musical Stardom

The life and work of Thomas Wiggins, who toured as “Blind Tom,” has been given more attention in recent years.

#black-people, #blindness, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #denk-jeremy, #georgia, #pianos, #slavery-historical, #wiggins-thomas-1849-1908

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5 Classical Albums to Hear Right Now

Bach, Brahms and new works by George Lewis are among the highlights.

#anderszewski-piotr, #bach-johann-sebastian, #boston-modern-orchestra-project, #brahms-johannes, #brugger-janai, #chase-claire, #classical-music, #goerne-matthias, #imani-winds, #iyer-vijay, #lewis-george-e, #rose-gil, #rzewski-frederic

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Yuval Waldman, Bridge-Building Violinist, Is Dead at 74

A conductor as well as a skilled soloist, he liked to spotlight music composed in times of oppression, including the Holocaust.

#arab-israeli-war-1973, #classical-music, #deaths-obituaries, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #waldman-yuval

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From Easter Island, a Pianist Emerges

Mahani Teave, 38 and likely the only professional classical performer from the remote island, has released her first album.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #easter-island, #rapa-nui-odyssey-album, #teave-mahani

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He Was a ‘Bad Boy’ Harpsichordist, and the Best of His Age

Scott Ross, who would have turned 70 this year, died young of AIDS — but not before recording all 555 Scarlatti sonatas.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #harpsichords, #ross-scott-1951-89, #scarlatti-domenico

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10 Classical Concerts to Stream in March

Mitsuko Uchida, the Louisiana Philharmonic and a performance organized by Teju Cole are among the highlights.

#abrams-teddy, #bryan-courtney-composer, #cal-performances, #catalyst-quartet, #classical-music, #cole-teju, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deutsche-oper-berlin, #komische-oper-berlin, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #lindsey-kate-1980, #louisiana-philharmonic-orchestra, #louisville-orchestra, #mcgill-anthony, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #orchestra-of-st-lukes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uchida-mitsuko, #young-concert-artists

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10 Classical Concerts to Stream in March

Mitsuko Uchida, the Louisiana Philharmonic and a performance organized by Teju Cole are among the highlights.

#abrams-teddy, #bryan-courtney-composer, #cal-performances, #catalyst-quartet, #classical-music, #cole-teju, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deutsche-oper-berlin, #komische-oper-berlin, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #lindsey-kate-1980, #louisiana-philharmonic-orchestra, #louisville-orchestra, #mcgill-anthony, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #orchestra-of-st-lukes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #uchida-mitsuko, #young-concert-artists

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Love Classical Music? Anthony Tommasini Recommends Contemporary Composers

The New York Times’s Culture editor has questions. Our chief classical music critic has answers.

#bach-johann-sebastian, #classical-music, #goldberg-variations-musical-work, #serkin-peter, #symphony-no-7-musical-work, #the-rite-of-spring-dance

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Peter G. Davis, Music Critic of Wide Knowledge and Wit, Dies at 84

He wrote with passion and bite about classical music, and especially opera, over a 50-year career at The Times and New York magazine.

#classical-music, #davis-peter-g, #deaths-obituaries, #music, #new-york-magazine, #new-york-times

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Scrapped Plans for London Concert Hall Sour Mood for U.K. Musicians

The decision comes as classical musicians struggle to deal with the impact of the pandemic and Britain’s departure from the European Union.

#barbican-center, #bavarian-radio-symphony-orchestra, #birmingham-england, #classical-music, #diller-scofidiorenfro, #europe, #grazinyte-tyla-mirga-1986, #london-england, #london-symphony-orchestra, #music, #rattle-simon

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Boston Symphony Orchestra Names First Woman Chief Executive

Gail Samuel spent nearly three decades at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, part of a management team that helped make it the envy of the orchestra world.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boston-pops-orchestra, #boston-symphony-orchestra, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #los-angeles-philharmonic, #samuel-gail, #tanglewood-music-festival-lenox-mass, #volpe-mark, #women-and-girls

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How Bang on a Can Survived the ’90s

Bang on a Can, a contemporary music organization, fought government cuts with an innovative crowdfunding program.

#bang-on-a-can, #bang-on-a-can-all-stars, #classical-music, #gordon-michael-1956, #lang-david, #music, #wolfe-julia

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The Thrill of a Contemporary Classical Concert, Captured on Disc

With live performances still largely shut down, the group Klangforum Wien has released a five-album set of solos and premieres.

#aperghis-georges, #classical-music, #hosokawa-toshio, #klangforum-wien-music-group, #neuwirth-olga, #saunders-rebecca-1967, #sciarrino-salvatore

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A Young Pianist Learns Liszt From Listening

For his new album, Benjamin Grosvenor delved into historical recordings of the daunting Sonata in B minor.

#classical-music, #grosvenor-benjamin, #liszt-franz, #piano-sonata-in-b-minor-musical-work

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3 New Albums Retell the History of Black Composers

Recordings by the pianist Lara Downes, the Catalyst Quartet and the baritone Will Liverman aim to correct the canon.

#black-people, #catalyst-quartet, #classical-music, #downes-lara, #dreams-of-a-new-day-songs-by-black-composers-album, #liverman-will, #rising-sun-music-record-label, #uncovered-vol-1-samuel-coleridge-taylor-album

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Notes Toward Reinventing the American Orchestra

Flexible programming, broader racial representation and welcoming spaces would go a long way in recovering from pandemic closures.

#borda-deborah, #classical-music, #new-york-philharmonic, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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What Comes Before Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’?

Manfred Honeck, a leading Beethoven conductor, guides us through the beginning of the end of the mighty Ninth Symphony.

#beethoven-ludwig-van, #classical-music, #honeck-manfred, #pittsburgh-symphony-orchestra, #symphony-no-9-beethoven-musical-work

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‘Mastery and Transgression’ in Music That Bridges Genres

A new box set showcases Julius Hemphill’s work as a composer, saxophonist and flutist on the boundary between jazz and classical styles.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #hemphill-julius, #jazz, #the-boye-multi-national-crusade-for-harmony-album

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Eva Coutaz, a Record Label Force for Quality, Dies at 77

An executive with the respected label Harmonia Mundi, she shaped classical music careers and public tastes in turning out incomparable recordings from a French farmhouse.

#arles-france, #audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #classical-music, #coutaz-eva-1943-2021, #deaths-obituaries, #harmonia-mundi, #music, #queyras-jean-guihen

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A Critic and a Pianist, Close but Not Quite Friends

A 35-disc set of Peter Serkin’s remarkable recordings rekindles our critic’s memories of their intersecting careers.

#classical-music, #serkin-peter

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Times’s Five Minutes Series on Classical Music a Hit

Drawing on the passion of experts, a Culture desk series has doubled its audience for the genre.

#classical-music, #hamill-mark, #music, #musical-instruments, #new-york-times, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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5 Minutes That Will Make You Love String Quartets

Listen as our writers and some of our favorite artists share music of intimacy, intensity and joy.

#classical-music, #music

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