Arts

Deceptive Cadence
11:47 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Maria Callas On The Move: A Diva Does D.C.

A diva on the town finds her way to NPR's new headquarters.
Anya Grundmann NPR

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 12:02 pm

As one door closes, another opens. Last week, we shut down operations at our old Washington, D.C, headquarters; today, we walked into a brand-new building.

Making the move wasn't easy. In 14 years, I'd acquired an impressive amount of stuff, from LPs autographed by Placido Domingo and Tom Jones to books like The Essential Guide to Dutch Music. And did I really need three staple removers?

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Deceptive Cadence
2:03 am
Sat April 13, 2013

Extreme Drama: The Life And Music Of Richard Wagner

Rudolph Cronau's drawing of Wagner's opera house, Bayreuth, flanked by his birthplace (left) and place of death.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Sat April 13, 2013 10:11 am

Richard Wagner was, and still is today, arguably the most controversial figure in classical music. A self-appointed deity and hyperdriven genius, Wagner is often considered the ultimate megalomaniac. He dreamed up and achieved a single-minded plan to change the course of classical music history.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:53 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Portrait Of The Heldentenor As A Young Man

Pablo Helguera

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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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Classics in Concert
3:42 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Tokyo String Quartet Bids Boston A Bittersweet Farewell

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet launches a farewell tour and serenades Boston with a final concert.
Christian Ducasse

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:11 pm

Virtually everyone writing about the Tokyo String Quartet's final tour this year is drawn to the word "bittersweet," and with good reason: After 43 seasons, the group gave its farewell Boston concert last week at WGBH. The quartet is rising to the emotional occasion by playing with heightened finesse and dimension, sounding better than ever.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:29 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts?

Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Cristina Pato perform during Ma's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
David Hathcox/Americans for the Arts

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 11:54 am

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Deceptive Cadence
6:02 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

Dr. Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) celebrate New Year's Eve with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as the sixth season of Mad Men opens.
Michael Yarish/AMC

Mad Men's music is as important as its plot and costumes. While attention has been lavished on its pop songs, the show's occasional use of classical music has gone largely unrecognized.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:37 pm
Sat April 6, 2013

Vespers, Habaneras And Early Morning Walks: New Classical Albums

The Attacca String Quartet's latest album celebrates John Adams.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Originally published on Sun April 7, 2013 6:52 pm

Robert Frost's famous poem "The Road Not Taken" begins with the line: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood." Frost's traveler must choose between them. But slide that metaphor over to the world of classical music and you will discover hundreds of paths to explore.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Rocking Horse

Pablo Helguera

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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
11:35 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Huberman's List: How A Violinist Saved Jews In World War II

Violinist Bronislaw Huberman in a 1900 photo, taken when he was 18 years old.
Augustus Rischgitz Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 12:25 pm

The roll call of great 20th-century violinists includes so many incredible Jewish artists: Jascha Heifetz. David Oistrakh. Mischa Elman. Ida Haendel. Isaac Stern. Yehudi Menuhin. Itzhak Perlman.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:29 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Robert Ward

Robert Ward won a Pulitzer for bringing Arthur Miller's play The Crucible to the opera stage.
Oscar White Corbis

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 6:13 pm

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Arts
10:59 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Artist Al Calderaro of Gallery A

Al  Calderaro is the gallery owner/curator of Gallery A in the blossoming arts section of downtown/oldtown Richmond, Va.   Kara Dahl Russell met Al a few weeks ago (traveling with her long-time friend, internationally recognized sculptor, John Antone).  They viewed the current show, and had such a multi-layered discussion that she invited Al to come on air to share his unusual view from “both sides of the desk” as a pop-art painter who worked in the heyday of the New York pop-art scene, and now a gallery owner.  He shares what he has done, and the new

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Deceptive Cadence
10:56 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Lochlannach Phil Lockout Jump-Started By Kickstarter

Local musicians upstage the Lochlannach Philharmonic by releasing their own recording.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 4:10 pm

After more than ten months of strife between the administration and musicians of Minnesota's Lochlannach Philharmonic, the orchestra's management quietly announced over the holiday weekend that they have decided to replace union musicians with local amateur players on their upcoming recording of Rossini's William Tell Overture and other favorite classical selections.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:47 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Marching To 'Easter Monday On The White House Lawn'

President Barack Obama helps a young participant roll an egg during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 9, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
3:18 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks

Jazz composer Maria Schneider (left) and soprano Dawn Upshaw collaborated on the new album Winter Morning Walks.
Jimmy & Dena Katz Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 8:50 am

Minnesota-born composer Maria Schneider has called New York home for more than 30 years, and she knows how to find nature in the middle of the city. Because her new album is called Winter Morning Walks, we walked to her favorite bird-watching spot in Central Park on a chilly February morning.

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Music News
6:11 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.
Rocio Rodriguez Salceda Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat March 30, 2013 6:37 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
2:29 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marches Madness: Rubbing Aladdin's Lamp

Lukiyanova Natalia iStockphoto.com

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Deceptive Cadence
11:53 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Mozart's K. 401

Pablo Helguera

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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
3:45 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Marches Madness: Spielberg's Symphonist

Wendy Maeda Boston Globe via Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear

This 1653 engraving by Rembrandt inspired composer Frank Martin to write his oratorio Golgotha in 1945.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:17 pm

For Christians around the world, this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most meaningful in the religious calendar. The dramatic story of Jesus' final days, as related in the four Gospels of the New Testament, has been meaningful for composers, too, and a rich source for many musical settings of the Passion story. J.S. Bach is still the benchmark when it comes to composing Passions. His St.

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Classics in Concert
2:29 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Carnegie Hall Live: Jonathan Biss And The Elias String Quartet

Pianist Jonathan Biss and members of the Elias String Quartet brought their Schumann: Under the Influence program to Carnegie Hall.
Melanie Burford for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 4:34 pm

In October, pianist Jonathan Biss set out on a vision quest, a season-long immersion in music by Robert Schumann. Biss and the members of England's Elias String Quartet have been exploring Schumann and associated composers in cities throughout Europe and North America, including a Carnegie Hall concert webcast live on this page (and at WQXR) Tuesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:04 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Marches Madness: 'Turkish' Mozart, Jazzed By An Expert

The Mehter Turkish Army Band, wearing traditional Ottoman Era costumes, in a 1957 photo.
Douglas Miller Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
10:16 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Marches Madness: Royal Wedding Edition

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge processing out of their wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

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Deceptive Cadence
1:36 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Beyond 'Dayenu': What's Your Music Of Liberation?

An engraving of Moses crossing the Red Sea by 19th-century German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 7:04 am

Tonight marks the first night of Passover, the commemoration of the Jews' liberation from slavery. Like millions around the world, I'll be sitting down to Seder to celebrate, in my case with a completely religiously and culturally mixed-up mishpocheh. I'm not Jewish, but Passover is one of my favorite nights of the year. With all of its rituals, this holiday takes eating mindfully to a whole new and incredible level, with every foodstuff, prayer and movement geared towards revisiting and renewing the ancient story of bitterness and then emancipation.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:47 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Marches Madness: From Trash Can To Flagpole

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 11:55 am

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Deceptive Cadence
5:17 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Merritt And Dinnerstein, A Musical Odd Couple, On Bridging Their Worlds

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.
Lisa Marie Mazzucco Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 12:35 pm

What happens when two very talented women — one, a rising alt-country star; the other, one of classical music's great new talents — meet one another? In the case of singer Tift Merritt and pianist Simone Dinnerstein, a friendship ensues.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:07 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Marches Madness: A Dancer's Joy

Composer, choreographer, filmmaker and vocalists Meredith Monk performs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Stephanie Berger Corbis

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Deceptive Cadence
11:54 am
Fri March 22, 2013

The Unannounced Symphony

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
6:36 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 10:59 am

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Deceptive Cadence
9:55 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Marches Madness: Mahler's Twisted Nursery Rhyme

Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.
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Deceptive Cadence
2:06 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

Paul Reid iStockphoto.com

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