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On this day in 1869, the Booth Theater at 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City opened with a gala performance of Romeo and Juliet. Born on this day in 1891 composer Federico Moreno Torroba http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgkU9XD6Mgw Born on this day in 1903 soprano Margarete Teschemache.... More »
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The Sopranos creator mulls prequel + MORE

THE Sopranos creator David Chase has flagged his interest in a prequel to the mob drama and spilled on who almost won the role of Tony Soprano..... More »
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Free Download: Allegro Vivace from Tchaikovsky's 'Souvenir de Florence' + MORE

This week's free download is the Allegro Vivace from Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence. It comes from The Russ.... More »

Ask Alice + MORE

On the musicality of cats and dogs, with classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh.... More »
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Straussian high days and holy days + MORE

Tussock time, as in leaping from one pleasure to another, truly began the Friday before last with the annual Europe Day Concert in St John's Smith Square and continued on Sunday and Monday at Glyndebourne. 150th birthday boy Richard Strauss was central to both: for the Rosenkavalier Study Day, obvio.... More »
On today's Learning to Listen, hear music from the figureheads of Mexican classical music, and learn a bit about why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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CD Spotlight. Very Practical

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Hindemith music for clarinet, appreciated by Robert Anderson. ‘Richard Stoltzman has every opportunity to display his outstanding technique …’

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5 Questions to Jamie Leigh Sampson (bassoonist, composer, author) Jamie Leigh Sampson wears enough hats to open her own millinery shop. An active new music bassoonist, composer, and entrepreneur, on April 12, 2014, she added “author” to that list with publication of her first book, Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics. 
Jamie Leigh Sampson
Bassoon multiphonics seems like a thorny topic; how did you decide to write a book about it?
Sofia Gubaidulina’s Duo Sonata for two bassoons first sparked my interest in multiphonics when I was an undergraduate student at SUNY Fredonia…

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LSO/Mark Elder/Imogen Cooper review  a breath of fresh air for Strauss's 150th anniversaryMark Elder oversees a wonderful performance of the rarely heard tone poem MacbethOnly five months into Richard Strauss’s 150th anniversary year, I was wondering if I’d already heard enough of his music for a while. But this concert, part of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Strauss 150 series, came as a breath of fresh air…

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Critic’s Notebook: Opera Stars and the Revival of Bel CantoThe bel canto tenors Lawrence Brownlee, Javier Camarena and Juan Diego Flórez delight fans at the Metropolitan Opera.

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OA in red despite critical success

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THE most ambitious season in Opera Australia’s history has landed the company with a $2.4 million operating loss.

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John Malveaux: 'Columbia Artists Management Inc. has cancelled an 80th Anniversary Celebration scheduled by MusicUNTOLD for Soprano Marilyn Horne'Marilyn Horne (L.A. Opera)John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:Columbia Artists Management Inc. has cancelled an 80th Anniversary Celebration scheduled by MusicUNTOLD for Soprano Marilyn Horne on June 14, 2014 at Long Beach Public Library-Main Library Auditorium followed by reception aboard Queen Mary…

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ENO new season – 2014/15

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ENO new season - 2014/15English National Opera’s new season is a cunning mixture of exploration and commercialisation. Having finished 2013/14 in financially buoyant mood thanks to a combination of box office sales, co-production partnerships and a judicious one-off donation, their plans released for 2014/15 are clearly aimed at altering the financial base of the company…

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The Walnut Creek orchestra’s latest performance — featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Scheherazade,’ Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini’ and the world premiere of D.J. Sparr’s ‘Dreams of the Old Believers’ — shows the symphony thriving with Cabrera as conductor.

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Questions as Odessa ballerinas dance anti-Putin Swan LakeIn a clip shown on Ukraine television, four members of the Odessa Ballet danced Tchaikovsky in front of tanks. Although the protest was supposed to be anti-totalitarian, it bore all the hallmarks of Soviet-era propaganda and there is no way of knowing if the cygnets pranced of their own free will. Oleksiy Hon­char­enko, who presents them […]

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A Tale Of Two Disasters

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A Tale Of Two Disasters

Arguably, the orchestra field’s two nastiest labor disputes at larger budget orchestras since the economic downturn have been the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra; and now that the latter has seemingly tied up the last of the most prominent loose ends, it will be interesting to juxtapose how each organization manages to cope with post dispute activity…

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This week: concerts in New York (May 5 – May 11, 2014)Spring For Music | New York Philharmonic
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Launching the Spring for Music festival, Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in the New York premiere of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Christopher Rouse’s Requiem, commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria.
Monday, May 5 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $12…

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Inside Opera: Live stream hopes to widen access to UK's opera housesOnline linkup between all seven public-funded companies will be streamed on YouTube and aims to find younger audienceOpera has already embraced subjects as modern and diverse as cyber-stalking and plastic surgery and been performed in fields, pubs, village halls, cinemas and direct to computer screens…

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