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Voices from Latin America
November 29, 2012

In a recent conversation with Jeremy Geffen, director of artistic planning at Carnegie Hall, Osvaldo Golijov outlined the importance of the various facets of Voices from Latin America and the musical icons who have been engaged to be a part of it.

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Music stars want EBacc arts option
November 20, 2012

Some of Britain's most famous classical musicians have thrown their weight behind calls for creative subjects to be added to the Government's core qualification for 16-year-olds.

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Real Vocal String Quartet previews their European tour
November 15, 2012

Real Vocal String Quartet (RVSQ), consisting of violinists Irene Sazer and Alisa Rose, violist Dina Maccabee, and cellist Judith Ivry, is a classically-trained ensemble with an inventive capacity for jazz improvisation. Each member is also an accomplished vocalist, meaning that any selection they perform may involve not only their instruments but also singing, either solo or in close harmony. In preparing a repertoire for such extended resources, they have built up the background to perform just about any imaginable genre of music. Thus, when they were selected through audition by the State Department to represent current trends in American music on a tour that would cover Latvia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, and Bosnia, they felt it appropriate to extend that repertoire with arrangements of songs from the countries they would be visiting.

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Merchant Ivory composer Richard Robbins dies at 71
November 13, 2012

Richard Robbins, the US composer who scored such Merchant Ivory films as A Room with a View, Howards End and The Remains of the Day, has died aged 71.

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Lewisville Lake Symphony to perform one of the rarest compositions of the last century
November 08, 2012

The Lewisville Lake Symphony, under the authoritative baton of the orchestra's conductor and music director Adron Ming, will play a work intended only for the ears of a secretive, elite society in war-torn post World War I Vienna. It was lost for more than 25 years, smuggled out of Nazi Germany, touched by scandal and murder in England, and hunted by an American. It is a secret, rarely heard chamber version of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

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Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103
November 08, 2012

The dean of American modernist composers, Elliott Carter, died in New York City Monday. He was just about a month shy of his 104th birthday.

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Classical station WCLV's staying power is golden on 50th anniversary
October 30, 2012

Classical music has had a roller-coaster existence on the radio in recent decades, when stations in many cities have changed formats or gone out of business.

But not in Cleveland, where WCLV FM/104.9 has kept classical music on the air since Nov. 1, 1962.

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'Lost' Beethoven hymn unearthed
October 25, 2012

A previously unknown Beethoven arrangement for an ancient hymn has been uncovered after 192 years.

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Musicians try to keep 'artistic excellence'
October 23, 2012

What do orchestral musicians do when they can't find work in their hometown? Like other musicians, they look somewhere else.

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Lockout of SPCO musicians begins
October 23, 2012

A lockout of musicians is now under way at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which has canceled its concerts through Nov. 4.

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Richard Bonynge awed by honour to La Stupenda
October 18, 2012

As the cream of Sydney society gathered yesterday to celebrate the renaming of the Sydney Opera House's opera theatre in honour of his wife, Dame Joan Sutherland, Bonynge had his mind on other things.

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Orchestra Nova director Jung-Ho Pak resigns, opening concerts canceled
October 18, 2012

Two days before Orchestra Nova was set to open its season, the orchestra’s music director, Jung-Ho Pak, has resigned and the orchestra has canceled its weekend concerts.

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Hannibal... the musical? Sir Anthony wins a Classic Brit Award for his last waltz
October 11, 2012

His mantelpiece must already be groaning under the countless awards – including a Best Actor Oscar and three Baftas – that he has been handed over his long career in Hollywood. And Sir Anthony Hopkins now has another gong to add to his collection.

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Damon Albarn wants you to undress for the Opera
October 11, 2012

Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Monty Python star Terry Gilliam have joined forces to encourage new audiences to go to the opera.

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TSO’s hip new Pops conductor Steven Reineke takes the stage Oct. 9, 10.
October 09, 2012

Steven Reineke once wore an all-white leisure suit to conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

After all, it was Abba night and he had asked the audience to come in disco outfits. Some danced in the aisles.

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Classical Lost And Found: Neglected Symphonies By A Great Dane
October 09, 2012

Most would agree that Vagn Holmboe (1909-1996) was Denmark's greatest symphonist after Carl Nielsen and Rued Langgaard. So it's something of an occasion that the three chamber symphonies from the latter half of his career finally see the light of day on this new release on the Dacapo label.

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Chicago classical musicians on strike
September 25, 2012

On Saturday, over one hundred Chicago Symphony Orchestra players rejected the Orchestra Association’s final offer of a three-year concessions contract. The players formed picket lines outside of Orchestra Hall ahead of a scheduled evening performance.

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Auburn native to play classical music makeover of ‘Call Me Maybe’ on ‘Today Show’
September 20, 2012

Colin Britt’s classical music makeover of pop hit “Call Me Maybe” is headed to the “Today Show.”

The Auburn native and about 60 other Yale University musicians — composing a full orchestra and choir — plan to perform on the national TV show Friday morning. Meanwhile, their Internet hit continues to draw thousands of hits each hour.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' album tops classical-music chart
September 20, 2012

Trash juggernaut "Fifty Shades of Grey" continues to rake in the dough, and not just through book sales. The classical-music album that was spawned from the racy bestselling trilogy of novels has taken the No. 1 spot this week on the Nielsen Soundscan classical albums chart.

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One Big Symphony
September 18, 2012

The Philharmonic’s 171st season is a wide- ranging journey. Paul J. Pelkonen reveals many of the musical landmarks.

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