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An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.

Watch Three Symphonies That Aren't Really Symphonies

September 11, 2013 – Explore three non-symphonies with epic — even symphonic — sweep, and hear a sneak preview.


Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.

Read New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

September 10, 2013 – The New York City Opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.


Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong.

Read Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

September 8, 2013 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden spin a wide variety of new classical recordings.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Music For The Bisontennial

September 6, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

A still from the video for New York Polyphony's performance of Richard Rodney Bennett's "A Colloquy with God."

Read Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

September 5, 2013 – A bright-eyed child transforms a mournful prayer in this video featuring New York Polyphony.

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel.

Read Why Aren't Composers Writing More Symphonies Today?

September 4, 2013 – Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel explores why there aren't more new American symphonies.

To kick off the new school year, we have 10 ways to make practicing more effective and a happier experience.

Watch 10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

September 3, 2013 – Easy ways to help you maximize your music practice time, regardless of age or level.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Academy Of St. Martin In The Red

August 30, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

When symphony boards get desperate.

Read When Symphony Boards Get Desperate

August 30, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt on display at the Washington Monument in October 1992. The AIDS crisis is the subject of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1, "Of Rage And Remembrance."

Read Finding Nature, Rage And Humor In Modern American Symphonies

August 29, 2013 – The symphony is far from a dead art form. Dozens of notable works were written in recent decades.

New York native Richard Tucker in the title role of Offenbach's The Tales Of Hoffmann.

Watch Singing And Sandwiches For A Tenor's Centennial

August 28, 2013 – New York City honors tenor Richard Tucker, a mainstay at the Met Opera for three decades.

The album cover for Dutilleux' Correspondances and other works, which won the Contemporary prize at the 2013 Gramophone Awards.

Listen Slimmed-Down Gramophone Awards Honor Home Team

August 27, 2013 – The British magazine has trimmed down the number of awards it hands out.


The Renaissance Street Singers give a performance at the Winterdale Arch, near the West 81st Street gate in Central Park.

Watch Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets

August 25, 2013 – For 40 years, the Renaissance Street Singers have given free public performances of sacred music.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read His Voice? Muzak To Her Ears

August 23, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

The chairs are still empty in Minneapolis, but all sides in the Minnesota Orchestra dispute have been busy trying to snap up web domain names.

Read Behind The Latest Round Of Bruised Feelings At The Minnesota Orchestra

August 22, 2013 – A blogger charges that management may have attempted to undercut organizing efforts.

Violinist Daniel Hope takes his music of the spheres concept to the Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History.

Watch Daniel Hope's Earth And Sky Expedition Q2

August 21, 2013 – Watch the celebrated violinist play music of the spheres amid twinkling lights. Q2

Composer Marc Blitzstein (left) with Leonard Bernstein studying the score of a Blitzstein work during a 1947 recording session.

Read The Mid-Century American Symphony

August 20, 2013 – From William Grant Still to Marc Blitzstein, Harvard scholar Carol Oja explores American diversity.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Get High In Aspen

August 16, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

A new collection of Brahms and Mozart recordings by the Stuyvesant Quartet from 1947 conveys a kind of inward grace.

Read A Forgotten Quartet, Reissued And Reevaluated

August 15, 2013 – These Brahms and Mozart recordings convey natural refinement, balance and a kind of inward grace.


Charles Ives, better known as an insurance executive in his time, wrote innovative symphonies incorporating American folk and hymn tunes.

Watch An American Maverick Turns The Symphony On Its Head

August 15, 2013 – Follow the story of insurance executive Charles Ives, who forever changed American music.

Does this mean Josh Bell will start using "There She Is, Miss America" as an encore?

Watch Why Is One Of The World's Top Violinists Judging Miss America?

August 14, 2013 – Violinist and conductor Joshua Bell is going to be joining Lance Bass and a Shark Tank judge.

The Steinway Musical Instruments factory in Queens, N.Y.

Read Why Steinway Is Likely To Be Sold To A Hedge Fund Manager WNYC

August 14, 2013 – Ilya Marritz explains why the fairly healthy company is seeking a buyout in the first place. WNYC


Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz (right), vicaress general and music director for Dominican Sisters of Mary. On the group's new album, she plays organ and composed three selections.

Watch Life As Prayer: The Singing Nuns Of Ann Arbor

August 13, 2013 – The Dominican Sisters of Mary "bring other people into that space of prayer when we're singing."


David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin.

Watch Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

August 13, 2013 – St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson decodes America's orchestral anxieties.


Anna Netrebko's Verdi comes out August 20.

Read First Listen: Anna Netrebko, 'Verdi'

August 11, 2013 – Hear the celebrated soprano's Verdi tribute, her first studio album in five years.

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