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A Night of Rushing Ladies

Martha Lufkin | Posted 12.01.2014 | 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.

Music in the Southwest Part 2: The Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Daniel Asia | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
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 | Arts
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 | Arts
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.

Don't Miss The Opera In The Pit

Daron Hagen | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts
Daron Hagen

The next time you attend the opera, as the lights dim and the orchestra strikes up, why not determine to devote that evening an extra measure of attention to the opera going on in the pit?

Music Is but a Conversation Between Likened Hearts

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Rutendo Nyamuda

From years of classical training in flute and playing in school bands and orchestras, my mind understands the technical aspects of the piece. Crescendo; diminuendo. Solo; tutti. Adagio; allegro. It deciphers which instruments are playing at any given time and anticipates what's to come.

Lithuanian Orchestra Performs With A Piano-Playing Cat, Calls It A 'Catcerto'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.21.2014 | Arts

Symphony leaders and philharmonic enthusiasts have long pondered how classical music havens can attract a young, contemporary audience. It seems as th...

How Concert Halls Enhance Crescendos

Trevor Cox | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Trevor Cox

The intensity and emotional impact of the crescendo might appear to be in the hands on the composer and musicians, but now new research shows that in certain concert halls, the right acoustic makes the crescendo sound much louder at the end and hence much more dramatic.

My Next Board Meeting

Jesse Rosen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Jesse Rosen

I'm looking forward to it -- unlike Michael Kaiser, who just told us how relieved he is to never see his board again in "My Last Board Meeting." Like...

Uncovering the Mystery Behind Bryce Dessner's St. Carolyn by the Sea

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In a recent interview, Dessner spoke at length about writing orchestral music, the lesson that rock music teaches, and what ultimately attracts him to contemporary classical music over pop.

A Cellist in the Clouds

Adele Scheele | Posted 06.04.2014 | Arts
Adele Scheele

When I asked him what he did, his answer ignited another kind of magic -- his journey as a talented musician to the world renowned orchestra. How could I resist interviewing him?

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Beaser

Daniel Asia | Posted 05.19.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I will make the following categorical statement about Beaser's music: there is not a note that doesn't need to be there and there is an inevitability present that is overpowering.

21 Signs You Were An Orchestra Nerd

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.07.2014 | Arts

When we wax nostalgic about the days of high school, some tell stories of their athletic glory, others of their theatrical prowess, others of their au...

The Sphinx Organization: Democratizing Classical Music

Trevor Neilson | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Trevor Neilson

I don't often write about the arts, but an announcement this week is cause for real excitement -- not only because of the entertainment it will provide to the audiences lucky enough to see it, but because of the way it will transform those who perform.

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.

Here We Go Messiah-ing

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 03.02.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Blah blah blah, music of another old dead guy, you say? What is the point? 272 years ago a German immigrant to England, George Frideric Handel, composed his oratorio Messiah in just 24 days.

Learning and 'Teaching' Chichester Psalms With Leonard Bernstein

Stephen Somary | Posted 11.07.2013 | Arts
Stephen Somary

In the mid-1980s, after a long dinner party at the Leonard Bernstein residence in Manhattan, I went to the back of the apartment where Bernstein had his studio to tell him I was leaving. He was sitting behind his desk looking at a score of his Chichester Psalms.

One City, One Symphony: Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

Johnny Nevin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

On a warm summer weekend last August, something happened in Cincinnati that you would have to call a remarkable accomplishment; in complete defiance of anything you would ever realistically expect, thirty-five thousand people went to see the Symphony.

The Stylistic Wildness of San Fermin

Alex Jeffries | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Jeffries

I caught up with San Fermin's leader Ellis Ludwig-Leone as he was driving north from Los Angeles to San Francisco to talk first tours, the goofy heroics of Victorian romance novels and embracing a stylistic wildness.

Afraid to Die: Monks of Mellonwah Return

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

The Australian indie rock quartet, Monks of Mellonwah, is back on the music scene with the second part of their new full length CD Turn the People.

Hope For Locked-Out Musicians In Minnesota?

AP | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Orchestra has made a new contract offer to its locked-out musicians, one that includes bonus money. Management says...

Season's Greetings

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Entertainment
Leonard Slatkin

Most orchestras in the United States take large chunks of time off in the summer, with several participating in music festivals that wrap up in the early part of August.

All-Star Orchestra: The Made-for-TV Ensemble

Gerard Schwarz | Posted 11.10.2013 | Arts
Gerard Schwarz

Some musical pieces, some moments, are part of us forever. That is why we started the All-Star Orchestra, a made-for-television ensemble with some of the greatest classical orchestral musicians from 30 orchestras across the United States.

Switzerland's Lucerne Festival Celebrates 75 Years of Music-Making

Barbara Isenberg | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Barbara Isenberg

On August 25, the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland celebrates its 75th anniversary with a free, all-day music marathon replete with concerts, films and plenty of fanfare. Few cities offer more beautiful settings for listening to music.

Orchestra Sweatshop

Paul Ratner | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Paul Ratner

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects" Th...