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11:26 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Conductor Jeffrey Grogan led a motley — but very happy — assembly of professional, student and amateur musicians at the New Jersey Symphony's #OrchestraYou project in Newark, N.J. Saturday.
Fred Stucker Courtesy of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:24 pm

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10:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The Atlanta Symphony May 2nd at 8pm

Conductor Robert Spano Leads the Atlanta Symphony

On Friday night, May 2nd at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Atlanta Symphony.

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JPR Classics
12:02 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

For Opera Powerhouse Dolora Zajick, 'Singing Is Connected To The Body'

When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying."
David Sauer Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 12:29 pm

Dolora Zajick discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. "That's when I discovered I had a voice," she tells Fresh Air host Terry Gross, "and I actually had a crack at a singing career. And I decided to take the chance."

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JPR Classics
5:48 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Anne Akiko Meyers, with her recently acquired Guarneri violin, at NPR's Studio 1.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 8:39 am

The Vieuxtemps Guarneri is a violin that is older than the United States of America — 273 years old, to be exact. It recently became the most expensive violin in the world, selling for an estimated $16 million. Its new owner anonymously donated the historic instrument to violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, on loan for the rest of her life.

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JPR Classics
5:42 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Gerard Mortier, A Polarizing Impresario Who Transformed Opera

Belgian opera impresario Gerard Mortier in Germany in 2003. He died Saturday at age 70.
Volker Hartmann AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 10, 2014 10:55 am

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3:57 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The English Concert March 21st at 8pm

The English Concert

On Friday night, March 21st at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The English Concert. 

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9:30 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Century-old Music Mystery Solved

Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados
Century-old Music Mystery Solved Musicologist Walter Clark locates long-lost opera by Spanish composer Enrique Granados Walter Clark searched for two decades for the original version of the opera "Maria del Carmen" by Enrique Granados. RIVERSIDE, Calif.
JPR Classics
5:00 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.
Luke Ratray Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:02 pm

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11:34 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Philadelphia Orchestra Feb 28th at 8pm

Yannick NĂ©zet-SĂ©guin conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra Feb. 28th

On Friday night, February 28th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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JPR Classics
7:55 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Fiddler On The Slopes

Violinist-turned-Olympian Vanessa-Mae checks out her fellow skiers in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 10.
Clive Rose Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 2:08 pm

Classical music has managed to take center stage at sports events in the last few weeks. Soprano Renée Fleming sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl two weekends ago.

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JPR Classics
7:48 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time

Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the pilot of Mozart in the Jungle as a hyper-charming young conductor on the rise.
Courtesy of Amazon

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 2:08 pm

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1:19 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: Boston Symphony Orchestra Feb 14th at 8pm

Maestro Bernard Haitink conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra Friday night, February 14th at 8pm.

On Friday night, February 14th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Bernard Haitink.

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JPR Classics
4:36 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) presents the "Hero of Labour" award to conductor Valery Gergiev, head of the Mariinsky Theatre.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 11:10 am

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Recordings
2:09 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Recordings & Recorders

2013 proved to be a difficult year for me because several of my friends passed away, in England and here in the state of Jefferson. Among those I lost in this area are two men who made significant contributions to music: Jim Rich, who led the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra (JBO), and JPR’s own Brad Ranger.

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JPR Classics
2:50 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 12:52 pm

"New classical music is well and alive," Brad Wells, director of the vocal collective Roomful of Teeth, said yesterday as he accepted his Grammy for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

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Britt Festivals
9:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Britt Announces 2014 Classical Season

Banjoist Bela Fleck performs his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra on August 8th

Britt Festivals' 2014 classical festival will strike out in new and adventurous directions under new Music Director Teddy Abrams, with guests soloists including banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, and a complete performance of Mahler's massive Symphony Number 1.

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JPR Classics
12:15 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal

Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

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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

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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