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Boo or Bravo: Hot Opera Directors

Bloomberg Picks Today's Hottest Opera Directors No, not the mayor himself. But his news agency names a group ranging from the established (Robert Carsen, David McVicar) to the up-and-coming (Katharina Thoma) to the edgy (Dmitri Tcherniakov, La Fura dels Baus) to the accidental (Fiona Shaw).

Bloomberg

Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

Woody Shaw, who made his first recordings 50 years ago this summer, might be the jazz trumpet's least appreciated giant.

NPR

Confessions of a ‘Composeress’

What is the role of the "woman composer" and why, after all these years, is she such a burning issue?

The New York Times

Elvis Presley: 20 essential songs

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, and thousands have gathered at Gracelands in tribute to the singer.

The Telegraph

Why Write Symphonies?

"So why do you write in these old forms, the symphony, the concerto ... ?"

WQXR

Bringing classical music into the 21st-century

You can see the atoms in action around the violinist as she plays. You can enter a 3D visual world where virtual events respond to live sound.

The Independent

World Piano Competition: The battles intensify

Not long ago, a handful of famous piano competitions launched an elite few into stardom.

Cincinnati News

Does it really matter if a choir is ‘professional’ or ‘amateur’?

It's a very simple distinction, and one that many performers and listeners would not bother either to make or to question, but what is the difference, in music, between 'professional' and 'amateur'?

Gramophone

Songs Inspired By The Civil Rights Movement

The civil rights movement captured the nation's attention in 1963, and musicians proved no exception.

NPR


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