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

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 04.07.2014 | 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 04.04.2014 | 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 03.19.2014 | 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...

Partially Paralyzed Conductor Returns

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — James Levine rolled onto the Carnegie Hall stage in his black motorized wheelchair and into a 6-by-6-foot mechanical podium construct...

Home, Sweet Homes

Leonard Slatkin | Posted 06.09.2013 | Arts
Leonard Slatkin

Lyon is the city that I have called my second home for the past two years. Being music director with two orchestras requires a very good set of plans and an even better understanding of the airlines. It also means that I must balance my roles in both Detroit and France.

Music Saved My Life... Now I Want To Pass It On!

Rosanna Whitfield | Posted 06.04.2013 | Arts
Rosanna Whitfield

Music definitely saved my life, and I feel privileged to be able to pass on this gift to others around the world.

Vladimir Jurowski Brings the London Philharmonic to New York

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Vladimir Jurowski, visited Lincoln Center this week with solid success.

Murder At The Polish Philharmonic

AP | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts

WARSAW, Poland — Polish authorities have launched a double homicide investigation after the bodies of a harpist and a security guard were found ...

Does This Tuba Need A Passport?

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 05.07.2013 | Travel

BANGKOK — Musicians, take note: Next time you travel abroad, you might need a passport – for your instrument. Delegates attending a globa...

Doing More About Diversity in America's Orchestras

Jesse Rosen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

The next time orchestras are taken to task for being too European, too Caucasian, and too male-dominated, one might reference the new and growing generation of music directors who bring an inclusive sensibility and dimension to artistic leadership.

A Winning Formula

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.29.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

Yannick Nézet-Séguinmost most appealing trait is the keen aggression he has, tempered by superb restraint. Add to that his youthful enthusiasm and openness, his will to succeed and the friendly and positive mood he inspires in the orchestra members, and you've got a winner.

A Good Reason to Go to Amsterdam

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

The First Symphony is probably one of the most often performed works of Mahler since it doesn't take two hours or involve 1000 musicians. But Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. There are two words I always say about them: "Oh wow."