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Deceptive Cadence
11:08 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 3:02 pm

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

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Ballet Review
6:16 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Children's Tale Comes To Life in Pinocchio

The finale to Sunday's performance of "Pinocchio"

If you thought the carnival left Arkansas with the conclusion of the Symphony’s final Pops concert last weekend, you’d be wrong. The Arkansas Festival Ballet’s "The Adventures of Pinocchio" presented its own circus atmosphere this weekend with wandering minstrels and prizes in the lobby and marionette dolls played by children on stage at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theater.  The marionettes looked so wooden it was genuinely difficult to tell if they were real.

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Classical Music Review
2:27 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Nothing Dour About Thursday's Requiem

Mozart's Requiem at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

A dedicated following of Requiem-lovers, as well as those merely interested in classical music but likely enticed into attendance by the allure of a mythical work, filled the pews of downtown Little Rock’s First United Methodist Church to capacity on Thursday night. The several hundred in attendance turned out for the final concert of the 2012-13 season of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Chamber Singers, in a performance of one of the most popular musical works of the contemporary imagination: Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:40 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Polly Want An Ostinato?

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:08 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Andris Nelsons Named Music Director Of The Boston Symphony

Conductor Andris Nelsons, the newest music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Marco Borggreve courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 1:31 pm

Thursday morning, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced that conductor Andris Nelsons is being appointed as its music director. The selection puts an end to the uncertainty that has cast a long shadow over the celebrated orchestra in recent years.

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Classical Music Review
3:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Orchestra & Circus Survive and Thrive Through Death-Defying Concert

Cirque de la Symphonie performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 11.

While you may disagree with the idea of using a circus to get people to listen to classical music, I found nothing wrong with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s decision to do so this weekend.

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Song Travels
4:44 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Joshua Bell And Jeremy Denk On 'Song Travels'

"I've thought to myself often listening to some classical works: 'I think I want to make a couple million dollars and turn that into a pop song,'" Joshua Bell (right) says, laughing. "There's a lot of untapped potential there."
Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 2:21 pm

Together, violinist Joshua Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk make for one of the most dynamic duos in the classical music world. The two have been recording and performing together in the classical repertoire for almost a decade, and have become equally at home thumbing through the pages of the Great American Songbook.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:58 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Will Work For Feed

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon? Leave it in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Deceptive Cadence
8:54 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Come Dance The 'Rite Of Spring' With Us!

It's fun to stay at the ИМКА: Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring triggered an uproar at its world premiere in Paris a century ago. Now we're asking you to help celebrate the centennial by creating a dance of your own.
Keystone-France Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 23, 2013 10:17 am

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NPR @ LPR
2:19 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

An Evening With Nico Muhly, 'Two Boys' And Other Works

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 3:58 pm

Opera audiences are well acquainted with all manners of intrigue — whether political, romantic or psychological. The exciting American composer Nico Muhly is updating that paradigm to the 21st century with his opera Two Boys.

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