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Newly On Strike: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

photograph of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing in Chicago's Orchestra Hall
Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians went on strike Saturday, forcing the orchestra's Saturday evening concert to be cancelled.
24, 2012

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike Saturday evening less than two hours before their first Saturday evening concert of the 2012-13 season was scheduled to begin, and on the eve of the orchestra’s October tour to Carnegie Hall and Mexico.

Callas and The Pirate: Back Story

callas meneghini
Maria Callas and husband, Battista Meneghini, pre-Onassis
September 7, 2012

Saturday on Stage presents Bellini’s Il Pirata, with Maria Callas, Pier Miranda Ferraro and Nicola Rescigno, Saturday at 1:30 on Classical 101. Only in opera can you have a story about pirates with nary an eye patch, parrot or wooden leg. Instead, we get a lot of singing and a wonderful confusing plot for Bellini’s [...]

Post-Levine Era Slowly Unfolding at Met Orchestra

18, 2012

Is Italian Conductor the Heir to Levine’s Podium? Fabio Luisi has conducted most of the performances for ailing conductor James Levine.  While replacing Levine seems a daunting task, a recent performance featuring Renee Fleming indicates that the transition may be nearly seamless. What do you think?  Does the Met need a “name-brand” conductor? Read Luisi [...]

Yuja Wang Set to Make Carnegie Hall Debut

Yuja Wang
20, 2011

Pianist hopes people focus more on her music and less on her outfit; I’ll take an order of Handel to go; Does classical music by any other name sound as sweet?

Last Night at the Proms Attracts Record Crowd

12, 2011

Last Night at the Proms Attracts Record Crowd; How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Take I-64 East to the Lewisburg Exit and Turn Left;

This Saturday: Classical 101 Remembers Shirley Verrett

Sherley Verrett as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites
Sherley Verrett as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites at the Metropolitan Opera in 1976.
9, 2011

This Saturday, Classical 101′s Serenata and Saturday on Stage remember opera star Shirley Verrett (1931-2010).

Carnegie Hall 120th Anniversary Concert on PBS Great Performances

the exterior of new york's carnegie hall
New York's Carnegie Hall celebrates its 120th anniversary this year.
31, 2011

Great Performances presents a gala concert by the New York Philharmonic celebrating the 120th anniversary of New York’s Carnegie Hall tonight (Tuesday, May 31) at 8 pm on WOSU TV.

The Cleveland International Piano Competition Nears

Alexander Ghindin at the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition
Alexander Ghindin at the 2007 Cleveland International Piano Competition
June 19, 2009

Thirty-five young pianists from around the world converge on Cleveland July 27-August 9 in hopes of winning prizes and a record deal

Korean Pianist Soyeon Lee is Eco-Friendly

Soyeon Lee
Turning Trash Into Treasures
11, 2009

Right now I’m fascinated with Korean pianist Soyeon Lee.