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  1. Yannick Nézet-Séguin Extends His Contract With the Philadelphia Orchestra Culture, Yesterday

    The four-year extension will keep him at the podium through at least the end of the 2029-30 season.

  2. At 95, a Conductor Is Still Showing New Facets Culture, February 3

    Herbert Blomstedt introduced the New York Philharmonic to a piece he premiered in Stockholm 59 years ago.

  3. Facing Death, a Pianist Recorded Music of Unspeakable Emotions Weekend, February 2

    Lars Vogt, for one of his final albums made before dying from cancer, turned to chamber music by Schubert with Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff.

  4. For the Conductor Charles Munch, Virtuosity Meant Taking Risks Arts & Leisure, February 2

    This 20th-century maestro could be extreme at the podium, but he also believed in the “beauty, joy and goodness” of an artist’s calling.

  5. Tanglewood’s Summer Season Blends Familiar and New Weekend, February 1

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra, grappling with leadership turnover, hopes to attract audiences with a program of classics and contemporary fare.

  6. Dvorak’s ‘Poetic Tone Pictures’ Makes Its Carnegie Debut Culture, February 1

    The pianist Leif Ove Andsnes brought Dvorak’s sprawling 1889 rarity to New York with committed playing and interpretive wisdom.

  7. California’s Leading Conductors Come Together for a New Festival Culture, January 31

    Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Rafael Payare will assemble their orchestras and more for the California Festival: A Celebration of New Music.

  8. Yuja Wang Sweeps Through a Rachmaninoff Marathon Culture, January 29

    It was a momentous occasion as Wang played all five of Rachmaninoff’s works for piano and orchestra at Carnegie Hall for one show only.

  9. ‘The Great Czech Piano Cycle’ Arrives at Carnegie Hall Culture, January 29

    The pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is appearing at Carnegie with Dvorak’s “Poetic Tone Pictures,” a rarity being performed there for the first time.

  10. Kronos Quartet Offers a Creative Snapshot of a Global Pandemic Culture, January 29

    A diverse group of composers presented nine new and recent works at Carnegie Hall on Friday, ranging from exuberant joyfulness to existential questioning.

  11. 5 Things to Do This Weekend Interactive, January 27

    Selections from the Weekend section, including a review of Brandon Cronenberg's "Infinity Pool."

  12. He’s No Singer, but He’s Onstage at the Metropolitan Opera Metro, January 27

    Bryan Wagorn, a pianist, has an unusually visible presence in “Fedora,” and he plays a piano with a history.

  13. A Young Pianist Finds His Way to Carnegie Hall Weekend, January 26

    Mao Fujita’s playing had a prettiness all its own, but he didn’t connect profoundly with all the composers on his largely safe program.

  14. Yuja Wang, Daredevil Pianist, Takes on a Musical Everest Weekend, January 26

    Known for dazzling virtuosity, Wang faces a new challenge in a three-and-a-half-hour Rachmaninoff marathon at Carnegie Hall.

  15. 5 Classical Music Albums You Can Listen to Right Now Weekend, January 26

    Hits from Renée Fleming’s career at the Metropolitan Opera, an unlikely Mozart and Beethoven recording and Florence Price are among the highlights.

  16. Justin Peck’s New Americana, Set to Copland’s Old Culture, January 24

    At New York City Ballet, Peck’s “Copland Dance Episodes” brings the composer’s three classic ballet scores under one roof, at last.

  17. He Quit Singing Because of Body Shaming. Now He’s Making a Comeback. Culture, January 23

    The tenor Limmie Pulliam, who made his debut at Carnegie Hall on Friday, hopes to break barriers for larger artists.

  18. At the Philharmonic, a Conductor Argues With Passion Culture, January 22

    Dalia Stasevska returned to the orchestra’s podium with a world premiere and subtly linked works by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

  19. Carnegie Hall Makes an Intimate Space More Intimate Culture, January 20

    Zankel Hall has been temporarily reconfigured so that audiences can sit in the round, beginning with an enjoyable performance by the group yMusic.

  20. She Brought New Sounds to Colombia. The World’s Catching Up. Arts & Leisure, January 20

    Jacqueline Nova created forward-thinking, often transgressive electroacoustic music in the 1960s. New releases are helping put her back on the map.

  21. Claire Chase Uses Her New Platform to Showcase a Hero Weekend, January 19

    The flutist’s series of concerts at Carnegie Hall this season begins with a weekend of tributes to the experimental artist Pauline Oliveros.

  22. The Unaffected Excellence of the Cleveland Orchestra Weekend, January 19

    One of the finest American ensembles returned to Carnegie Hall with a program that made its argument persuasively, but without force.

  23. A Conductor on a Mission to Help Ukraine Culture, January 18

    Dalia Stasevska, who leads the New York Philharmonic this week, has raised money for and delivered supplies to Ukraine, where she was born.

  24. A Mighty Generation of Musicians. A Moving Final Chapter. Culture, January 17

    The conductors Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Barenboim have continued to perform as aging and illness loom.

  25. A Guest Conductor Reveals the Philharmonic’s Potential Culture, January 13

    Santtu-Matias Rouvali, a contender for the orchestra’s podium, shined in “The Rite of Spring” — the piece Jaap van Zweden began his tenure there with.

  26. Setting the Tempo With One Eye on the Stage Arts & Leisure, January 13

    Andrew Litton, the musical director of City Ballet, talks about conducting for ballet and the lure of the company’s repertory, much of it rare in concert hall.

  27. A Violinist Prepares Her Next Star Turn: Festival Leader Arts & Leisure, January 12

    Nicola Benedetti is the first Scotland native and the first woman to serve as director of the storied Edinburgh International Festival.

  28. The Met’s Efforts to Increase Ticket Sales for Operas Letters, December 30

    Readers praise plans for more contemporary works. Also: Zelensky and American values; protecting the minority; remote work; the Groucho exception.

  29. Onstage, It’s Finally Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas Again Culture, December 21

    After one holiday season lost to the pandemic and another curtailed by Omicron, seasonal staples including “The Nutcracker,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Messiah” are back in force.

  30. After Covid, Playing Trumpet Taught Me How to Breathe Again Magazine, November 29

    The benefits of group (music) therapy.

  31. In New York, Masks Will Not Be Required at the Opera or Ballet Culture, October 17

    Many arts groups, worried about alienating older patrons, have maintained strict rules. Now “the time has come to move on,” one leader said.

  32. Live Performance Is Back. But Audiences Have Been Slow to Return. Culture, August 21

    Attendance lagged in the comeback season, as the challenges posed by the coronavirus persisted. Presenters hope it was just a blip.

  33. Theater at Geffen Hall to Be Named for Two Key Donors Culture, August 3

    The Wu Tsai Theater will honor a $50 million gift from Joseph Tsai, a founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, and Clara Wu Tsai, a philanthropist.

  34. San Antonio Symphony to Dissolve Amid Labor Dispute Culture, June 17

    The decision will make San Antonio the largest American city without a major orchestra.

  35. San Antonio Symphony to Dissolve Amid Labor Dispute Culture, June 17

    The decision will make San Antonio the largest American city without a major orchestra.

  36. Never Missing a Curtain This Season, the Met Opera Takes a Final Bow Culture, June 13

    As it ended a challenging pandemic return, the Met had one last marathon: a matinee, an evening performance, and then moving out as American Ballet Theater moved in.

  37. New York Philharmonic Agrees to Restore Pay for Musicians Culture, June 13

    After a stronger-than-expected season, the orchestra said it would reverse pay cuts imposed at the height of the pandemic.

  38. At the Met This Season, Opera Was Icing on the Cake Arts & Leisure, June 12

    Amid a labor battle, the continuing pandemic and war in Ukraine, it often felt as though the real drama was in simply putting on a show.