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August 28   -  

A Surge Of Scarlatti Sonatas

Three centuries ago, Domenico Scarlatti churned out 555 keyboard sonatas. Today, pianists, harpsichordists and even accordionists still can't get enough. Hear a clutch of new recordings. » E-Mail This

August 26   -  

Enigmatic Endings: A Farewell To Summer Quiz

The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations. » E-Mail This

August 23   -  

Bruce Hornsby's Modern Classical Moment

The pianist who spent 25 years writing pop hits says he's long been interested in the work of Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg and others. Now he's sharing that interest with his audience. » E-Mail This

August 21   -  

A Perfectly Cromulent Classical Guide To 'The Simpsons' Marathon

For a family initially derided as crude, it sure spends a lot of time at the opera. Here's a sampling of embiggened classical music during The Simpsons marathon, which starts today on FXX. » E-Mail This

August 20   -  

Masters And Disasters: The Met Opera Quiz

To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera's labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America's largest performing arts organization. » E-Mail This

August 18   -  

Met Opera Tentatively Settles With 2 Major Unions

While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met's major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute. » E-Mail This

August 18   -  

Pacifica Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets. » E-Mail This

August 17   -  

First Listen: Cameron Carpenter, 'If You Could Read My Mind'

The organist aims to rescue his instrument from its church-bound traditions. With his new album, which includes Bach and Bacharach alike, Carpenter could land a multitude of converts. » E-Mail This

August 16   -  

Centenarian Soprano Licia Albanese Dies

A long career began suddenly as she replaced the lead in Madame Butterfly mid-performance. A Metropolitan Opera stalwart, she sang the lead in La traviata there more than anyone before or since.

August 13   -  

Soul-Searching Music From A Serene Desert Monastery

Composer Robert Kyr frequently travels to northern New Mexico, where he writes rapturous music inspired by light, stone, stillness and prayer. » E-Mail This
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