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10:42 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Marilyn Horne: Opera's Agile Advocate Turns 80

American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, circa 1965.
Erich Auerbach Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 2:44 pm

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Film Review
6:02 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

A Chinese student at the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, where speakers playing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony were rigged up to drown out government broadcasts.
Battle Hymns Productions

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 2:39 pm

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9:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Violinist Pays A Huge Price For Failure To Declare Instrument

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Well this doesn't seem right. The Canadian Border Services seized an antique violin from the concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for failing to declare the instrument when flying back into the country. They held on to the instrument for several weeks, and fined him a pretty outrageous sum. It's kind of like someone taking my microphone away.
One of Canada's most prestigious violinists is battling the Canada Border Services Agency in Federal Court after he was fined $120,000 for failing to declare nearly half a million dollars in musical instruments. Yosuke Kawasaki claims when he was crossing the border into Canada in 2012 the CBSA wrongfully seized his $385,000 violin and three bows worth $90,000, $6,800 and $2,000 each.
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9:41 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Takács Quartet Jan 24th At 8pm

Carnegie Hall Live features The Takács Quartet on January 24th.
Credit Patrick Ryan

On Friday night, January 24th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring the Takács Quartet.

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More Studies Made On Kids & Classical Music
3:11 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Mozart Effect ... Revisited

Credit Flattop341 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/flattop341/1657626179/

Remember when the original Mozart Effect study came out in the '90s that claimed exposing babies to classical music (even in the womb) would make them smarter? That study has been expanded, but according to a recent article in The Guardian, it's really hard to measure. Read all about it here.

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New Opera
6:53 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Oppression To Opera: Could A Woman's Courage Change Pakistan?

Left to right: Kamala Sankaram as Mukhtar Mai, Steve Gokool, Theodora Hanslowe, Leela Subramaniam, Kannan Vasudevan, Manu Narayan.
Prototype Opera Festival

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 9:53 am

Mukhtar Mai is from a small tribal village in Pakistan. In 2002, her brother was accused of sexually molesting a woman from a wealthy land-owning clan. What happened next was horrifying, says singer and composer Kamala Sankaram.

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11:09 am
Tue January 7, 2014

By The Numbers: The World Of Classical Music

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Want to take a stab at who the busiest conductor was over the past year? Or the top female in classical music? The folks at BachTrack have been compiling the stats on classical music over the past year, and some of it's pretty fascinating. Well, it's more fascinating than fantasy football league stats! Check it out.
For the fourth year running at Bachtrack, we've taken a look through our extensive database of classical music, opera and dance events worldwide, and drawn together a few of the most interesting statistics to emerge from them all.
Q&A with Lang Lang & Gary Graffman
5:19 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

Pianist Lang Lang sits down with his own revered mentor Gary Graffman, to discuss what makes great teachers — and bad ones.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 9:52 am

The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. A teacher is part mentor, part manager — even a parental figure.

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Recordings
4:13 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Music At The End

When I was a student at university, I earned extra money by singing in a church choir and at a temple. As part of my duties, I often took part in services to mark the passing of a member of the congregation. Sometimes family members had specific music they wanted to hear; when they didn’t know what to choose, the rabbi or minister would select something he deemed appropriate, like Handel’s “The Trumpet Shall Sound” or Copland’s arrangement of “At the River.” The music was beautiful, but mostly I sang to make a little extra money. I didn’t think too much about the deeper meaning of the piece. I was paid to help people honor a life, but it wasn’t personal.

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3:40 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Simon Rattle, Davies, Hough Receive Rare Honors

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Three prominent classical musicians, including conductor Sir Simon Rattle, composer Peter Maxwell-Davis & pianist Stephen Hough were recently honored with awards from Queen Elizabeth II.
The outgoing Berlin Philharmonic conductor has been appointed to the Order of Merit in Britain's New Year's Honours List. The OM is restricted to 24 living individuals at any given time. Rattle is the first musician of his generation to be included.

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