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Labor negotiations for New York's Metropolitan Opera took a surprising turn Saturday evening. Twelve of the opera's 16 unions faced the threat of a lockout at midnight Sunday, but negotiations were put on hold for a week while an outside analyst takes a look at the Met's finances.

At the Metropolitan Opera, drama is usually onstage. But for the past several months, it's been in the newspapers.

Contract deadlines for 15 of the 16 unions at the Met in New York are set to expire at midnight tonight, and negotiations will likely go down to the wire. A lockout shutting down the world's largest opera house seems imminent.

Management wants concessions from the unions to offset dwindling ticket sales. Union employees think they're being asked to pay for unchecked spending.

Artistic Director Leaves Oregon Ballet Theatre

Jul 30, 2014

Oregon Ballet Theatre's artistic director, Christopher Stowell, has left his Portland job to return to the San Francisco Ballet as a ballet master, choreographer, and artistic director. What will the Oregon Ballet Theatre do without him? Read on to find out.

Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers

Jul 24, 2014

The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.

For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Otherwise, Gelb contends, the company could go bankrupt in two to three years.

The Metropolitan Opera has been locked in simmering labor talks in which management asked 16 unions to accept pay cuts.

The 2014 Oregon Coast Music Festival puts an eclectic touch on classical music

Dan Dreyfus

On Friday night, July 25th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the final concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

Beginning Sunday evening, July 6th at 7pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast Center Stage from Wolf Trap, a 26-week series of live performances from The Discovery Series of some of today's finest chamber musicians.

The University of Oregon Alumni Association has selected renowned music educator Mr. Lynn Sjolund as its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus, the highest honor the UO bestows upon alumni.  Sjolund will be recognized at the university’s Commencement exercises on June 16, and at a dinner for Commencement guests on June 15.

Outside the concert hall at Occidental College, in Los Angeles' Eagle Rock neighborhood, children are invited to test out the instruments the Santa Cecilia Orchestra will play later. Alexa Media Rodriguez, 8, says she and her family have never before been to an orchestra concert. She heard about the orchestra when some of the musicians visited her school.

"I brought my dad, my stepmom," she says, "my sister, my brother and my sister's cousin ..."

That's the thing about this orchestra, says conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega: The children are bringing the parents.

On Friday night, May 23rd at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the next concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

One of Germany's outstanding orchestra brings both a great conductor and soloist on a visit to Carnegie Hall - Conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Symphony with pianist Mitsuko Uchido in a performance of Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto, plus the Symphony No. 5 of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Josh Morell

On Saturday, May 17th at Played in Oregon will feature a performance of the Symphony No.5 of Dmitri Shostakovich recorded last August at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville under the direction of then Music Director candidate (and now Music Director) Teddy Abrams.

Played in Oregon, with host Brandi Parisi, celebrates the music and music makers of the live classical music scene in Oregon. The one-hour weekly program airs every Saturday afternoon at 2pm, following the conclusion of our weekly opera broadcast.

Beginning Saturday, May 17th at 10am, JPR welcomes the return of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Bela Fleck Live Session

Apr 29, 2014
Qamuuqin Maxwell

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are many who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Apr 19, 2014

John Luther Adams, whose music is inspired by — and sometimes performed in — natural landscapes, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his symphonic work Become Ocean.

In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Mar 27, 2014

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.

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."

The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

Mar 15, 2014

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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