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

Jessica Young | Posted 03.08.2016 | Arts
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 02.16.2016 | Arts
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.

From Syria to SoHo: The Message of the Malek Jandali Trio

Hamzah Raza | Posted 02.04.2016 | Arts
Hamzah Raza

Malek Jandali is a critically-acclaimed Syrian composer and pianist. A naturalized American citizen, Jandali has used the power of music to impact the...

Why I/We Hate Exercise (And How to Circumnavigate Our Reluctance)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

This equation is simple:a few minutes of discipline equals hours of comfort, pleasure, a lengthened lifespan, and less time spent on medical procedures.

Too Late to Take the Fifth

Daron Hagen | Posted 10.06.2015 | Arts
Daron Hagen

Why bother? Because, for better or worse, the symphony remains the greatest technical and aesthetic challenge and resulting statement that a serious composer can attempt outside of opera.

'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.

How To Imagine A Symphony Orchestra

Johnny Nevin | Posted 04.06.2015 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

Mina Zikri is doing something else that promising new artists sometimes manage to do. He's quietly gathering around him a group of other artists, like-minded people inspired by what he imagines, and dedicated to making what he imagines real.

Agents of Hope

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.23.2015 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

We live in an age in which the attack on language is endemic; an age in which techniques like the filibuster have been used to effect mass dysfunction in governance and prevent people from talking to one another.

A Night of Rushing Ladies

Martha Lufkin | Posted 01.31.2015 | Fifty
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.

Applause, Please

Frank H. Wu | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Frank H. Wu

People who are enthusiastic about classical music should express themselves and allow others to do so. Those of us who care about it as a repertoire to be performed rather than a tradition to be admired should encourage more, not less, applause -- even if it comes at the "wrong" time.

Listen to the Coolest Symphony Ever Perform a Mashup of 43 Cartoon Theme Songs

Roadtrippers | Posted 05.27.2014 | Arts
Roadtrippers

Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW is pretty badass. Listen to them perform 43 cartoon theme songs (and there's even some custom animation to give you a clue as to the cartoon). Can you guess all the songs?

Count to 9

Tony Woodcock | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

Have you ever been knocked sideways by a performance of a work that you know really well? In fact, so well, that you have approached past performances more as duty rather than a pleasure. It happened to me recently with the Beethoven Ninth Symphony, one of the most popular and often performed works in the repertoire.

Vive la Différence

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

They come in all shapes and sizes. They range in age. Their dress can vary from jeans to tuxedoes. The audience for classical music has always been somewhat diverse in appearance and appreciation.

How to Choose Your First Orchestral Concert

Tony Woodcock | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

What is essential is to allow yourself the opportunity of a really strong visceral experience and response to the musicians and the sheer sound of their music. You should ask the box office to recommend seats with the best acoustics and sight lines to allow just that.

Poems and Prayers

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.16.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Arabs and Jews have lived together for thousands of years. Our languages have cross-pollinated and we have developed a united mythology and set of traditions.This was all on display with the West-Coast premiere of Poems and Prayers, my third symphony.

Serj Tankian on His Symphony, Jazz Fusion Record, and Moving Forward with System of a Down

Andrew Fish | Posted 09.01.2013 | Arts
Andrew Fish

The multi-genre musician and singer will tour with System of a Down in late July and August and then take his symphony through Europe in September.

Karlheinz Stockhausen's Oktophonie at the Park Avenue Armory: A Sculptural Symphony in Space

NYC-ARTS | Posted 05.26.2013 | Arts
NYC-ARTS

Karlheinz Stockhausen composed his electronic symphony Oktophonie more than two decades ago as part of his massive seven-cycle opera Licht, which in full is 29 hours. Oktophonie, 69-minutes long, is the second act in the opera, Dienstag (Tuesday). It is the day of conflict. It is Mars. It is red.

San Francisco Symphony Strikes

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.14.2013 | Arts

Musicians at the San Francisco Symphony have gone on strike this week, canceling at least one performance and casting doubt on their scheduled Carnegi...

Celebrate Democracy at Your Symphony

Jesse Rosen | Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Who were these people anyway, who shared my passion for music as well as strong feelings about democracy? What were they thinking when they burst into applause? Then I wondered what Michael's simple two-word theme would mean for the music I was about to hear.

Ode to Beethoven: Why We Love Him More Than Ever

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.21.2013 | Arts
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I am a Beethoven groupie. If he were alive today, I would follow him on Twitter, subscribe to him on Facebook, download his music and never miss a promo appearance on Letterman.

Verdi's Dance Card

Lew Whittington | Posted 01.06.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

On one of the top opera recordings of the year, there isn't a tenor or soprano to be heard, it is conductor Jose Serebrier's labor of exquisite love, Verdi: Complete Ballet Music from the Operas leading the resplendent Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Sonoma State's New Green Music Center Is Worth Weill

Jennifer Raiser | Posted 12.10.2012 | San Francisco
Jennifer Raiser

Music lovers will want to head up -- double time -- to Sonoma State University for a sonorous sensation. That verdant venue is now home to one of the most remarkable performance spaces in the country, Weill Hall at the Green Music Center.

Why Symphonic Music Has The Most To Say About Contemporary Culture

Brian Horay | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Brian Horay

Symphonic music is the delicate art form suggesting human interface, serving as contrast for the cheap, shiny vase filled with artificial flowers greedily hogging the foreground.

Every Arts Organization Has a Deficit

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

In the challenging economic times we live in, it is especially important to protect our organizations by insisting on earning surpluses and conserving cash.

Board Members Need Training, Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Those arts patrons, corporations and foundations that care passionately about the future of the arts in America must encourage members of arts boards to seek the training they need and must invest in the training programs required.