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Conductor Claudio Abbado has Died at Age 80

2:39PM
January
21, 2014

One of the greatest conductors of our time has passed away at the age of 80. Claudio Abbado endured a long illness and outlived the expectations of many, working for as long as he could. He died Monday at his home in Bologna, Italy.

Podcast: In the Key of “D”anzmayr – Music Tastes

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ProMusica Chamber Orchestra David Danzmayr in the Classical 101 studio.
8:25AM
October 18, 2013

Classical 101′s Boyce Lancaster and the new Music Director of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, David Danzmayr discusses the music director’s eclectic taste in music.

March of a Titan

8:40AM
March
26, 2013

Hearing a chuckle go up from the audience when they ‘get’ a musical innuendo is quite gratifying for orchestra and composer alike.

Tom Lehrer and “Alma”

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Tom Lehrer. Made Alma Mahler (in)famous. Again.
1:55PM
February 22, 2013

Alma Mahler celebrated in song by Tom Lehrer. Not even Gustave Mahler could have written this song.

Conductor Ricardo Chailly Turns 60

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Happy Birthday to Ricardo Chailly.
6:55PM
February 20, 2013

The Italian conductor Ricardo Chailly is 60 years old today.  He was born in Milan in 1953 and got an auspicious start in his chosen career when he became an assistant conductor to Claudio Abbado at La Scala when he was 20.  Chailly made his conducting debut there in 1978 and went on to become one [...]

Join Us For A VIP Screening of Mahler on the Couch

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Mahler on the Couch, at the Drexel February 17th
1:22PM
February 7, 2013

Mahler on the Couch tells of the composer’s meeting with Sigmund Freud. Don’t miss a special showing at the Drexel Theater on February 17th.

For Valentine’s Day: Muses of Classical Music

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Classical composers have long derived creative inspiration from the ones who love them.
10:00AM
February 13, 2012

How do I love thee? Let me count the … rests. Such may have been a mantra for the mates of any number of composers of classical music who got their inspiration from the people who loved them. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Limelight magazine has compiled a list of 10 muses of classical [...]

Young musicians with military parents to be spotlighted

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From the Top debuted on 100 stations in 2000
6:00AM
January
10, 2012

Showcase for America’s best young musicians teams with the Military Child Education Coalition in search of young talent; The 10 most talented kids in Classical music; Gustavo Dudamel’s Mahler madness?

Who Was Gustav Mahler?

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Gustav Mahler
8:30AM
October
4, 2011

The Indomitable Will of Gustav Mahler; Young Conductor Breathing Life Into Brooklyn Philharmonic; Music School, Once Banned by Taliban, Opens in Kabul

Virtual Assistant Wants Radio Gig

8:30AM
August
24, 2011

Virtual assistant wants radio gig; LA Times writer saysYuja Wang’s “little orange dress” not an issue; WQXR Inaugurates Ensemble-in-Residence Program