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8 hours, 10 minutes ago   -  The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Good news! The Metropolitan Opera season will open on time, now that it has settled disputes with its labor unions.

By Jacob Stockinger A week ago, The Ear offered readers an update on the labor strife at the Metropolitan Opera (below), which had been partially resolved. The final results, and successful settlement, came in earlier this week. And the news is good. ...

13 hours, 20 minutes ago   -  getClassical (Ilona Oltuski)

Pianist Roman Rabinovich – balance of mind, hands, and heart

There is darkness, and then the evocative, abstract sound of a narrative piano and cello piece setting the tone and interacting with the screen’s wide-angle focus on New York City by night. The camera zooms in on a young painter, wrestling with ...

19 hours, 16 minutes ago   -  Arioso7's Blog

Spot Practicing at the Piano: It’s Quality, not Quantity

Some call it “spot cleaning,” I prefer spot “refining” to describe THOUGHTFUL, isolated step-wise measure practicing. Needless to say, a troublesome measure is surrounded by others that lead in and exit out of the problematic ...

21 hours, 8 minutes ago   -  Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Two heads lost at BBC Proms Salome

press release: Prom 58, 30 August: We are sorry to announce that Ildikó Komlósi and Ante Jerkunica have had to withdraw from this Prom. We are very grateful to Doris Soffel who will now sing Herodias and Marko Mimica who will now sing First ...

21 hours, 45 minutes ago   -  parterre box

Once upon a Thames

“Houston Grand Opera’s 2014–15 season, the company’s 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell… from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow… the American premieres ...

22 hours, 3 minutes ago   -  parterre box

Great shakes

The little opera companies of New York are like chanterelles: Some years they sprout everywhere and you can savor the scent in the woodsy air; other seasons they’re hard to find and unsatisfying when you stumble on a patch. New York’s got ...

22 hours, 19 minutes ago   -  My Classical Notes

Violinist: Age 9.

Violinist, Age 9. I have admired Anne–Sophie Mutter for many years. And I have loved her interpretations of the Beethoven sonatas, and also the Brahms and Mozart sonatas. Back in 2006, I traveled from San Francisco to New York City, just to ...

22 hours, 51 minutes ago   -  Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Rural isolation of murdered orchestra player

The tragic death of Mary Whitaker, a popular violinist in upstate New York orchestras, remains at this moment unsolved. Mary, 61, was found dead in her isolated summer residence in Chautaqua County, killed by a single shotgun wound. No motive has been ...

23 hours, 8 minutes ago   -  Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

Crime wave? A second oboe is stolen in Montreal

Katherine Needleman, principal oboe of the Baltimore Symphony, has asked us to share news of the theft of her instrument in Montreal. A month ago, we reported a similar loss suffered by the New York player, Ron Cohen Mann. It could be that some ...

23 hours, 27 minutes ago   -  Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

A trusted restorer has died

The death has been announced by violin specialists J&A Beare of Michael Carlton Byrd, who maintained and repaired instruments for thousands of players. He worked at Beares for over 20 years, setting up on his own in 1996. Among the violins that he ...
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