T/classical-music

  1. He Made the Met Opera’s Chorus the Best in the World Arts, Yesterday

    Donald Palumbo, a mild-mannered but relentless perfectionist, is stepping down after 17 years as the company’s chorus master.

  2. After Outcry, Concertgebouw Will Allow Jerusalem Quartet to Perform Culture, May 16

    The Dutch concert hall reversed course after facing criticism for canceling performances by the Israeli ensemble because of security concerns.

  3. Barbara Hannigan, Daring Singer and Maestro, to Lead Iceland Symphony Culture, May 15

    Hannigan, the rare artist to have a career as a soprano and a conductor, will assume a full-time conducting post for the first time.

  4. An Absent Player in the Spotlight at the Philharmonic Weekend, May 9

    This week’s program was supposed to feature the orchestra’s principal oboe, but he and another player have been suspended amid misconduct allegations.

  5. Mechones de pelo de Beethoven ofrecen nuevas pistas sobre el misterio de su sordera En español, May 9

    Con tecnología avanzada, los científicos encontraron niveles extraordinarios de plomo en el cabello del compositor. Beethoven podría haberlo ingerido en sus copas diarias de vino.

  6. Locks of Beethoven’s Hair Offer New Clues to the Mystery of His Deafness Science, May 6

    Using powerful technologies, scientists found staggering amounts of lead and other toxic substances in the composer’s hair that may have come from wine, or other sources.

  7. Coming Soon to Little Island: An Arts Festival With Powerful Backers Culture, May 6

    The mogul Barry Diller, who paid for the park, will finance a summer season of music, dance, theater and more, shaped in part by the Broadway producer Scott Rudin.

  8. Can Marin Alsop Shatter Another Glass Ceiling? Arts & Leisure, May 6

    Alsop has had enviable success, and was the first female conductor to lead a top American orchestra. She wants to take another step up.

  9. Daniel Barenboim: What Beethoven’s Ninth Teaches Us Op Ed, May 6

    The conductor Daniel Barenboim explores the political and spiritual power of what many consider the greatest symphony.

  10. A Conductor Surprises by Embracing the Ordinary Weekend, May 2

    Esa-Pekka Salonen is known for unusual, ambitious projects. But at the New York Philharmonic this week, he succeeded with standard repertory works.

  11. 2 Players Sue Philharmonic, Saying They Were Wrongfully Suspended Culture, May 2

    Matthew Muckey and Liang Wang said they were sidelined without cause by the New York Philharmonic after a recent magazine article detailed allegations of misconduct against them.

  12. Kim Noltemy, Orchestra Veteran, Is Tapped to Lead L.A. Philharmonic Culture, May 1

    Noltemy, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s chief executive, will take the helm of the Philharmonic as it searches for its next music director.

  13. The Wartime Music of Debussy and Komitas, Still Resonating Today Arts & Leisure, April 30

    Kirill Gerstein’s immense recording project “Music in Time of War” surveys works by artists who witnessed World War I and the Armenian genocide.

  14. Gustavo Dudamel Saves the Day at the Philharmonic Culture, April 28

    Dudamel, the New York Philharmonic’s incoming music and artistic director, stepped in after a guest conductor fell ill.

  15. Andrew Davis, 80, Dies; Renowned Conductor Who Championed Britain’s Music Obits, April 27

    Celebrated for his long tenure with Lyric Opera of Chicago, he led this and other orchestras with force and a notably energetic podium presence.

  16. Anthony Roth Costanzo, Star Countertenor, to Lead Opera Philadelphia Weekend, April 25

    Costanzo will be a rare figure in classical music: an artist in his prime who is also working as an administrator.

  17. 5 Classical Music Albums You Can Listen to Right Now Weekend, April 25

    Yunchan Lim’s collection of Chopin piano études, a new recording of Terry Riley’s “In C” and works by Marc-André Hamelin are among the highlights.

  18. John Adams’s ‘El Niño’ Arrives at the Met in Lush Glory Culture, April 24

    The opera-oratorio, an alternate Nativity story, featured a flurry of Met debuts, including the director Lileana Blain-Cruz and the conductor Marin Alsop.

  19. Cristian Macelaru, Decorated Maestro, to Lead Cincinnati Symphony Culture, April 24

    He will begin a four-year term as the orchestra’s music director in the 2025-26 season, succeeding Louis Langrée.

  20. He’s Music’s Mr. Adjacent, Connecting Minimalism to Disco Arts & Leisure, April 23

    Peter Gordon, who studied with Terry Riley, has always made music that is surprising but accessible. Now he’s starting his own record label.

  21. Audience Snapshot: Four Years After Shutdown, a Mixed Recovery Culture, March 12

    Covid brought live performance to a halt. Now the audience for pop concerts and sporting events has roared back, while attendance on Broadway and at some major museums is still down.

  22. It’s Never Too Late to Find a New Career (a Mile Above Your Old One) Projects and Initiatives, March 12

    Patrick Milando, an accomplished French horn player, now splits his time between the orchestra pit and the cockpit, where he teaches budding pilots like he himself once was.

  23. Channeling the Pain of Chinese Immigrants, in Music and Verse Arts & Leisure, January 7

    “Angel Island,” an oratorio by Huang Ruo, brings to life the stark poetry of the people who were detained on the California island in the early 1900s.

  24. Raising Our Glasses to a Pianist Who Loves Vodka Metro, October 13

    Gary Graffman, who is turning 95, is a man of many enthusiasms, including citrus infusions.

  25. Audiences Are Coming Back to Orchestras After ‘Scary’ Sales Last Fall Culture, May 23

    “It seemed like a switch flipped right before Thanksgiving,” the leader of the Chicago Symphony said.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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

    The benefits of group (music) therapy.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.