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Concerto by Mauro Giuliani and Mandolin Sonata on Fretworks

5, 2014

This Saturday on Fretworks, I’ll have the relatively rare Guitar Concerto No. 3 by early 19th century composer Mauro Giuliani.

James Levine Returns

James Levine, it's great to be back on Broadway!
October 12, 2012

Conductor James Levine emerges from medical leave to conduct again.

Allan Kozinn and The New York Times

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Allan Kozinn
September 4, 2012

It may have been quiet over Labor Day Weekend, but it hit the fan fiercely earlier today with the news that Allan Kozinn has been re-assigned to a diminished, and unfocused, status at The New York Times after years of writing authoritatively on culture and music for The Gray Lady. Alex Ross, himself a superb [...]

Health Scares For Tenors Salvatore Licitra, Jonas Kaufmann

30, 2011

Tenor Salvatore Licitra is in serious condition after a motor scooter accident; Tenor Jonas Kaufmann to undergo chest surgery.

Pardon Me … There’s a Modern Dancer in Your iPhone

photo of an iPhone
A new iPhone app puts modern dancers in the palm of your hand.
20, 2011

Remember Pokemon? Dances for an iPhone has the next generation of virtual pocket pets: modern dancers.

Opera Stars Crowing about NYC Opera’s Move from Lincoln Center

outside of the New York City Opera's theater at Lincoln Center
The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center could soon be the former home of the New York City Opera
8, 2011

Placido Domingo and other opera stars are speaking out against the New York City Opera’s proposed move from Lincoln Center. Should the NYC Opera get cheaper digs and book pick-up orchestras to cut costs, or should the company’s management be called upon to find other solutions?

Would You Be Disappointed By A Concert of “Pretty Music?”

program autographed by Anne-Sophie Mutter
A recent NY Times review of a concert by Anne-Sophie Mutter lambasted the violinist for performing a program of nothing but "pretty music"
7, 2011

Anne-Sophie Mutter is lambasted for performing “pretty” music. Is there anything wrong with a concert of purely “pretty music” once in a while? Discuss.

Four Reasons to Be Optimistic About The Future of Classical Music

Joshua Bell on violin.
Joshua Bell was just appointed as the new Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
31, 2011

Joshua Bell takes over as music director of the one of the world’s most celebrated chamber orchestras. And three more reasons to be optimistic about classical music (and that’s just today).

A Metropolitan (Soap) Opera

scene from rossini's le comte ory
A Scene from Rossini's Le Comte Ory with Juan Diego Florez in the title role.
9, 2011

The New York Times reports music scholar Philip Gossett refused The Metropolitan Opera’s request to write program notes for a production of Rossini’s “Le Comte Ory” because he is displeased with their use of a “butchered” version of the score.

What’s Right With the Metropolitan Opera

Karita Mattila, Salome, 2008
Karita Mattila in Salome, 2008, Metropolitan Opera
12, 2009

Jennifer Hambrick tries to balance the scales after Norman Lebrecht’s ArtsJournal blog post.