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July 3   -  

Simone Dinnerstein On A Trip To Cuba And Making Music Out Of Difficulty

David Greene talks to the pianist about her recent performance at a piano festival in Cuba — and a particularly stressful time in her life. » E-Mail This

June 24   -  

Unearthed In A Library, 'Voodoo' Opera Rises Again

The Harlem Renaissance opera Voodoo has not been performed since 1928. A Columbia University researcher rediscovered the score, and now the Harlem Opera Theater hosts two performances.

June 23   -  

James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Dead, Agents Say

A single-engine plane registered to Horner crashed on Monday in an area 60 miles from Santa Barbara, Calif. There were no survivors. » E-Mail This

June 22   -  

Gunther Schuller, Who Bridged Classical Music And Jazz, Dies At 89

The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, conductor and educator ranged widely in his musicianship. With colleagues from Miles Davis to Frank Zappa, he linked classical music and jazz. » E-Mail This

June 20   -  

By Their Fingertips: Teen Pianists In New Cliburn Competition

The Van Cliburn Foundation is hosting its first international piano competition for young players. Some are wondering if the new contest is too much pressure too soon. » E-Mail This

June 19   -  

'The Most Beautiful Offerings': Terry Riley At 80

The man credited as the father of minimalism is celebrating a big birthday Wednesday. And his influence reaches well beyond classical music. » E-Mail This

June 12   -  

How To Annoy Your Dad: Play The Harpsichord

For harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, teenage rebellion had a Baroque soundtrack. His new album juxtaposes modern composers and their distant musical forebears. » E-Mail This

June 10   -  

Michael Giacchino On Coming Home To Write Music For 'Jurassic World'

If you see blockbuster films this summer, chances are you'll hear Oscar winner Michael Giacchino's music. Soon, he'll help audiences return to the island of resurrected dinosaurs in Jurassic World. » E-Mail This

June 10   -  

'Tristan Und Isolde,' The Love Story That Changed Opera For Good

Wagner's epic meditation on love turns 150. Projected on a cosmic level, the music triggered a seismic shift in Western music. » E-Mail This

June 9   -  

Evenly Odd: Carl Nielsen's Distinctive Symphonies

To mark the sesquicentennial of the Danish composer's birth, music critic Michael Steinberg introduces Nielsen's exuberant music, confirming his stature as one of the truly great symphonists. » E-Mail This
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