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8 hours, 22 minutes ago   -  

Hilary Hahn Marches Through Mozart

Violinist Hilary Hahn has been playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 since she was just 10 years old. Twenty-five years on, she brings grace and immense force and to this music. » E-Mail This

14 hours, 25 minutes ago   -  

A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction

A pair of timpani — the only ones crafted by legendary viola and violin maker Antonio Stradivari — go on sale today in New York. Bidding on the two drums might go well into eight figures. » E-Mail This

March 31   -  

Can You Name That Musical Prank?

Simple schemers — or criminal scammers? Try and identify the makers of musical mischief in our April Fools' puzzler. » E-Mail This

March 28   -  

A Young Composer's Evening Prayers For Troubled Times

Missy Mazzoli and a host of collaborators — including Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche — use a Christian sunset service as a frame for meditation on modern life. » E-Mail This

March 28   -  

Anonymous 4 With Bruce Molsky: Tiny Desk Concert

The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era. » E-Mail This

March 26   -  

The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music. » E-Mail This

March 25   -  

Cross The Arctic With The Kronos Quartet

Derek Charke's Cercle du Nord III teems with the sounds of life — modern and ancient — in the Arctic. » E-Mail This

March 23   -  

Review: Missy Mazzoli, 'Vespers For A New Dark Age'

With secular texts, soaring vocals and electronics, Mazzoli twists the traditional vesper prayer service to reflect our high-tech times. » E-Mail This

March 21   -  

Detroit's 'Frida' Aims To Build Latino Audiences For Opera

The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city. » E-Mail This

March 20   -  

Pretty Yende: An Opera Star Whose Rise Began With A Fall

A mishap in the South African soprano's Metropolitan Opera debut still makes her laugh, but that night ended with a standing ovation. Now she's in Los Angeles for The Marriage of Figaro.
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