‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ Pokes Her Head Into An Animated Forest

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In a scene from the Cleveland Orchestra's The Cunning Little Vixen, two actors (Julie Boulianne as Dog and Martina Jankova as Vixen) appear from behind a computer-animated backdrop.
In a scene from the Cleveland Orchestra's The Cunning Little Vixen, two actors (Julie Boulianne as Dog and Martina Jankova as Vixen) appear from behind a computer-animated backdrop.
11:21AM
May
19, 2014

A new Cleveland Orchestra production of Leos Janácek’s opera takes on a longstanding challenge: how to turn human singers into animals without making them look ridiculous. The answer? Animate them.

Live Tuesday: Seattle Symphony, New Pulitzer Winner At Carnegie Hall

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Ludovic Morlot will lead the Seattle Symphony in Become Ocean, the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece by John Luther Adams.
8:33AM
May
6, 2014

John Luther Adams’ prize-winning piece Become Ocean headlines a concert devoted to sea and sand that includes Debussy’s La mer and an Edgard Varèse piece inspired by the New Mexico desert.

10 Can’t-Miss Classical Music Festivals

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The Fisher Center, home of the Bard Music Festival in the Hudson Valley.
Some performances during the Bard Music Festival in the Hudson Valley take place at the Fisher Center, designed by Frank Gehry.
10:44AM
May
2, 2014

There’s something to please everyone — from Schubert in the Hudson Valley, great orchestras in in the Rockies and world premieres in a Chicago park.

How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

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Was playing a much-maligned instrument — or writing about it beautifully — part of Kwasi Enin's secret? (Not that he is playing the 'Archinto' Stradivarius pictured here.)
2:12PM
April
7, 2014

He has all kinds of other things going for him, but star student Kwasi Enin wrote in his college essay that music is the core of his happiness. Maybe that’s why all eight Ivy League schools want him.

Video: World Series Smackdown, Symphony Style

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4:13PM
October
23, 2013

Who knew that classical musicians could talk trash? Check out how the orchestras from the two cities in this year’s World Series have had some fun getting into each other’s faces.

From Carnegie Hall, A Youth Orchestra That’s A National First

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Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the National Youth Orchestra through its first rehearsal with the maestro, at Purchase College outside New York City.
Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the National Youth Orchestra through its first rehearsal with the maestro, at Purchase College outside New York City.
8:14AM
July
22, 2013

There are youth orchestras and summer music camps all over the U.S., but Carnegie Hall may have created the best music camp ever. For the past two weeks, some of the country’s best teenage musicians have gathered to create the first National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

In Search Of The Great American Symphony

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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakov
12:24PM
July
2, 2013

If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony? Join the conversation in our summer-long exploration of the American symphony. Who writes symphonies in the U.S. these days? And who hears them?

Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Rite Of Spring’ Counterrevolution

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After his shocking ballet, The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky branched out in surprising directions.
6:00AM
May
27, 2013

Not long after his shocking ballet, the composer branched out into a broad range of styles, ushering in new musical trends far from the violent tone of his iconic Rite of Spring.

Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

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6:00AM
May
26, 2013

Watch the young violinist spin out music by John Williams and Bach in sweet and soulful tendrils of sound. Wielding a 1717 Gariel Strad worth $10 million, Benedetti performs with warmth and approachable grace that’s simply enchanting.