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The DSO's Mozart Festival: A Homecoming of Wonderful Music

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 01.28.2017 | Detroit
Patrick O'Connor

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is in the middle of its February festival, a mostly annual program where all of the concerts focus on one composer for ...

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! No, It's The Conductor!

Michael Levin | Posted 01.23.2017 | Home
Michael Levin

Okay, music lovers: here's a riddle for you. What orchestra conductor is both down-to-earth and up in the air? If you answered Jim Orent, music di...

From Russia with Love and Back Again: Rostropovich's Exile and Return

ADST | Posted 07.07.2016 | Home
ADST

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

Astoria Characters: The Violinist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.24.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Why the violin? Marina Fragoulis isn't quite sure why she chose it. She was 10, and all she knew was that, for no particular reason, she didn't want...

Russian Orchestra Gives Stunning Performance In Palmyra Ruins

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home

SOCHI, Russia, May 5 (Reuters) - Russia's Mariinsky Theatre staged a surprise concert in the amphitheater of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, i...

All-Female Orchestra In Afghanistan Fights The Taliban With Music

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 04.19.2016 | Home

Like many teenagers, 19-year-old Negin Khpalwak from Kunar in eastern Afghanistan loves music, but few people of her age have battled as fiercely to p...

Perfect Pitch: How an Inner-city Music Program Hits All the Right Notes

Mia Toschi | Posted 04.18.2016 | Home
Mia Toschi

15-year-old Keith walks five miles through the tough city streets of Bridgeport, Connecticut so he can take flute lessons. For the past eight years, t...

Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid Drops the Beat at TSO's New Creations Festival

Jessica Young | Posted 03.08.2016 | Home
Jessica Young

It was the finale performance of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations Festival opening night on Saturday and to be honest, the whole night threw me off guard.

The Elgar Enigma: Why Has England's Greatest Symphony All But Vanished?

Michael Levin | Posted 02.16.2017 | Home
Michael Levin

America's leading British conductor, Benjamin Zander, is preparing to conduct what he believes to be England's greatest symphony, Elgar's First.

Really? We're Sitting With the Orchestra?! Beethoven's Fifth: From the Inside Out

Jack Meyer | Posted 01.31.2017 | Home
Jack Meyer

On the subway after work one night, Mathilde noticed a fellow passenger carrying a violin case. "Do you play?" she asked. "Yes, I'm on my way to an ...

Watch The Most Haunting Version of Adele's 'Hello' So Far

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 12.20.2016 | Home

Adele's "Hello" has been reworked countless times since its release last October. But this eerie cello mash-up with Mozart's Requiem "Lacrimosa" is un...

If Arts Patrons Acted Like Football Fans

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.28.2016 | Home
Elaine Ambrose

I can imagine the philharmonic orchestra warming up before the classical performance of Rossini's William Tell Overture. The concertmaster enters, expecting polite applause, but the audience whistles, cheers, and throws popcorn.

'Mozart In The Jungle' Asks An Age-Old Question: Is Classical Dead?

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.18.2015 | Home

"Is classical music dead?" That's the first question classical music podcaster Bradford Sharpe (Jason Schwartzman) lobs at Thomas Pembridge (Malcolm M...

What Football Can Teach Classical Music

John Mauceri | Posted 12.03.2015 | Home
John Mauceri

The United State of America has the greatest conservatories in the world. Our student orchestras are simply astounding by any standards. Maybe it's time to consider amateur sports as another way for us to approach our young performing musical artists.

Who Needs Conductors, Anyway? Not These Guys

Michael Levin | Posted 09.17.2016 | Home
Michael Levin

So who says you even need a conductor? That's the position taken by a relative newcomer to the Boston music scene, Gran Harmonie, a group of musicians who play, conductor-less, as a "wind band".

Boston Symphony Orchestra: Musicians and Helpers

Stanley Ely | Posted 08.24.2016 | Home
Stanley Ely

The BSO packs everyone, musicians, instruments and helpers, hundreds of folks and tons of equipment, and moves them to the Berkshire Mountains for two months in the summer. A tradition going back decades, the orchestra performs a packed schedule of outdoor concerts.

The Long And Lonesome Journey Of A Stolen Stradivarius

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.07.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON (AP) — Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980...

Modernity, Change And Why We Still Need Art

Michele Mariotti | Posted 05.14.2016 | Home
Michele Mariotti

I think that theater, with an eye to the development of new performative languages and adaptation to the times, will manage to redeem its role in upcoming years, a role that is as indispensable for every community as that of a hospital or school.

Amid Unrest, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Plays Free Concert

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.29.2015 | Home

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before," said Leonard Bernstein, the mus...

'An American in Paris': Not the Same Old Song and Dance

Danny Groner | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Danny Groner

There's nothing revolutionary about the plot to the show, but it stands apart from others like it thanks to a heightened sense of importance. That's due to the fact that the show is set in Paris after World War II, where there's a spring in people's step for the first time in a long time.

SXSW Music Takeaway: Reinvent or Become Irrelevant

Nicholas Alexander Brown | Posted 05.24.2015 | Home
Nicholas Alexander Brown

The topic driving the need for reinvention in classical music is audience demographics, specifically the drive to recruit millennial audiences into a concert-going culture very different from what they want in a music experience.

A Night of Rushing Ladies

Martha Lufkin | Posted 01.31.2015 | Home
Martha Lufkin

It was the end of November, and my daughter and I were hoping to go to the Boston Symphony for a rare appearance by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. It all depended on my getting to the box office in time to get tickets, which I had vowed to purchase if I could finish a certain project in time to leave my office by 5:00 p.m.

Music in the Southwest Part 2: The Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Asia | Posted 12.03.2014 | Home
Daniel Asia

Something amazing happened in Tucson over the last weekend, when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra played an all-American program of music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Copland to open its new season.

Atlanta Symphony Lockout Is Enforced Silence

Alan Fletcher | Posted 11.25.2014 | Home
Alan Fletcher

What is needed, in Atlanta and everywhere, is the recognition that all sides play a part. It's how philanthropy works -- a partnership, an investment, a shared good. It's how artistry works. Dare I say, it's how excellent management works.

Concert Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.05.2014 | Home
Lisa Mirza Grotts

As a former music major, classical music is emotionally overwhelming for me. So naturally my experience is spoiled when a performance is interrupted by a cell phone ringing or someone unwrapping candy.