Cast members from The Inspector, a new comic opera by John Musto that debuted last night at Wolf Trap.
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April 28, 2011 While savoring the wit of John Musto's brand new opera The Inspector, one can't help but wonder: Where have all the comic operas gone?
Amjad Ali Khan performs his concerto Samaagam with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai.
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April 27, 2011 Drawing from ten different traditional ragas, the Indian master has created an East-meets-West mashup for sarod and symphony orchestra. Hear a sneak preview of the May 10th release.
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April 27, 2011 Watch the world's reigning pipa virtuoso play ancient music from her Chinese homeland in the NPR Music offices. When her fingers start to fly, Wu Man can create scenes of cinematic grandeur or serene, moonlit moments.
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Composer Peter Lieberson, photographed last year by his wife Rinchen Lhamo at their home in Santa Fe, N.M.
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April 25, 2011 The thoughtful American composer was influenced by modernism, lyricism and Buddhism. His music was championed by pianist Peter Serkin and his late wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
April 23, 2011 From bankrupt orchestras to the Pulitzer Prize, it all happened this week in classical music.
April 21, 2011 Inspired by the Met's new production of Die Walküre, with its starry cast and high-tech sets, we present a interactive test of your knowledge of classic Wagner singers.
April 19, 2011 Rippling piano chords and oscillating strings give the British composer's new concerto, "The Solway Canal," the feel of a boat cutting forward through calm waters. Hear an excerpt.
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Soprano Ying Huang in the title role of Zhou Long's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Madame White Snake.
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April 18, 2011 Acclaimed for his interweaving of Eastern and Western sounds and traditions, Chinese-American composer Zhou Long has won this year's Pulitzer for music with his opera Madame White Snake. Hear an excerpt.
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Chief conductor Charles Dutoit presides over a financially troubled Philadelphia Orchestra.
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April 18, 2011 The Philadelphia Orchestra, once acclaimed worldwide for its lush "Philadelphia sound," has taken a financial hit. Saturday, the orchestra board voted for Chapter 11 reorganization in bankruptcy court.
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Pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a passion for rhythmically free musical lines.
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April 13, 2011 The mild-mannered pianist is fiercely devoted to expressing rhythmical freedom in the musical line. Hear her pick favorite recordings by artists who share her aesthetic, from Wilhelm Furtwangler to Tift Merritt.
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Members of Ensemble ACJW take part in "Trout Week," a series of chamber music concerts live from the Greene Space in New York.
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April 4, 2011 Hear and watch a week's worth of chamber music from WQXR's Greene Space in New York, including ETHEL, the Ebene Quartet, Ensemble ACJW and the JACK Quartet.
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is one of hundreds of British arts organizations whose budgets were cut.
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March 31, 2011 Hundreds of British Arts groups were shaken Wednesday as the government slashed funding altogether for some organizations, while others had minimal cuts and some saw increases.
John Steane wrote about opera in an unstuffy, knowledgeable way.
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March 30, 2011 The British writer's breathtaking knowledge and affable prose set him apart from all others, fueling the passions of opera fans everywhere. Read reminiscences from Steane's fans and friends and hear some of his favorite singers.
Lee Hoiby was unapologetic about his lyrical music.
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March 29, 2011 Bucking the trend for atonal music, the American was a proud purveyor of lyrica opera. Hoiby, whose songs were championed by Leontyne Price, was not a jet-setting star, but preferred to compose in the country.
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Jascha Heifetz set new precision standards for the classical violin.
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March 28, 2011 The new 103-CD Jascha Heifetz box set presents a vast trove of fantastic fiddling over a seven-decade career, from his first recording session as a teenager to his final recital in 1972.
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