On WQXR's Conducting Business podcast, we debate what makes for a really great holiday album. Is it oversized brass fanfares and choirs? Or cozy songs that you'd like to think were recorded beside a crackling fire?
Ideas & Issues
There is no shortage of triumph and turmoil in the classical music world these days, from financially strapped orchestras to fresh innovations. Track the trends that shape the current classical climate, and join discussions on a variety of musical viewpoints.
What's your worst memory of performance panic? Imagine showing up with the wrong solo — that's what happened to pianist Maria João Pires, who mixed up which Mozart concerto she was supposed to play.
From pulsing techno to alluring ambient, hear what happens when two seemingly opposite musical realms collide on the dance floor and in the chill room. Hear Madonna collaborator William Orbit's take on Beethoven, a beatified version of Barber's Adagio and a techno take on the Carmina Burana.
Now that we've avoided a financial cataclysm, here's a suitable playlist for some of the swirling emotions of the past two weeks.
Recent comments from three prominent male conductors questioning women's "innate" inability to lead orchestras raises yet more questions: What century is the classical music community living in? And is it incumbent upon female performers and advocates to actually respond?
After a round of emergency fundraising failed, New York's "People's Opera" is shutting down. Unfortunately, many — including the company's current director and its musicians — saw this coming.
MPRJust as he had promised in May, Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vänskä resigned Tuesday, after labor negotiations collapsed once again and the group's board canceled two prestigious Carnegie Hall concerts in November.
Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel — the artistic director of the American Composers Orchestra — sets out to answer a difficult question: Why don't we see more new works boasting the name "symphony"?
Spruce up the woodshed: with the new school year upon us, here are some easy ways to help you maximize music practice time — regardless of how old you are or what level of playing you've achieved.
A blogger charges that management at the Minneapolis-based symphony may have attempted to undercut pro-labor organizing efforts — several months before talks between the musicians and the administration failed. The orchestra association says that they were just doing their job.