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Soprano Maria Slatinaru and bass Paul Plishka perform in a 1986 production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino at the San Francisco Opera.

Read Verdi's 'La Forza,' Born Under A Bad Sign

November 10, 2012 – The opera flopped on its first run, and carries the stigma of cursing those who perform it.


This month, a symphony composed by World War II veteran Harold Van Heuvelen had its premiere.

Read A Veteran's Standing Ovation, 70 Years In The Making

November 10, 2012 – This week, Harold Van Heuvelen finally saw the debut of a symphony he wrote during World War II.


Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.

Read John Williams' Inevitable Themes

November 10, 2012 – Perhaps the world's most recognized contemporary composer, Williams calls retiring "unthinkable."


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Young Nate Silver Picks A Career

November 9, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

American composer Elliott Carter, circa 1975. He died this Monday at age 103.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 9, 2012 – Lamenting Carter's death, trouble in Spokane and another award for Dudamel: what you need to read.

Mark Ivanir, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener as the Fugue String Quartet.

Read 'A Late Quartet': Melodrama With A Pounding Musical Heart

November 8, 2012 – Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener try to make beautiful music.

Elliott Carter at Tanglewood in 2008 on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is sitting right behind Carter.

Watch Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered

November 7, 2012 – Carter's vital new ideas changed 20th-century music. The composer died Monday at 103.


The players in the Belcea Quartet played a series of late Beethoven string quartets at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

Listen Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven At Carnegie Hall WQXR

November 7, 2012 – The acclaimed Quartet performs two of Beethoven's grand and enigmatic final string quartets. WQXR


Read Young Cellist With An Old Soul Plays Elgar, Elliott Carter

November 6, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from an excellent album of cellist Alisa Weilerstein playing music classic and new.

Composer Elliott Carter at the piano in 1989.

Watch Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

November 6, 2012 – The composer, who won two Pulitzers for his adventurous music, died in New York.


Gabriela Montero takes ideas from audience members to create on the spot improvisations.

Listen Pianist Gabriela Montero's Election Improv

November 5, 2012 – In concert, hear the pianist make up a tune on the spot featuring the two presidential candidates.


Little Ferry, N.J., photographed here Oct. 30, 2012, was one of the cities greatly affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Watch Requiem For Sandy: What Music Gets You Through?

November 5, 2012 – In the midst of crisis, music can mitigate the pain. Tell us what you're listening to, post-Sandy.

A window-screen view toward conductor Marin Alsop's studio, badly damaged during the hurricane.

Read Storm Scores: Finding Poignant Reminders In Water-Damaged Music

November 3, 2012 – A conductor considers scores in her personal library that were struck by Hurricane Sandy.


Exercise your 'rite' to vote.

Read Exercise Your 'Rite' To Vote

November 2, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Some of the instruments, scores and other materials the New Amsterdam label is trying to salvage after Sandy.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 2, 2012 – Sandy's effect on classical musicians, creating a Cloud Atlas masterpiece and a Glyndebourne death.

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