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Kabul’s First Music School

photograph of mountains around Kabul, Afghanistan
Kabul's hills are alive with the sound of music.
3, 2011

Music and courage always seem to go hand in hand. Nowhere is that phenomenon more true today than in Kabul, Afghanistan, where a courageous man has opened the struggling nation’s first post-Taliban music school, according to a post on Norman Lebrecht’s Slipped Disc blog. Dr. Ahmad Sarmast founded the Afghan National Institute of Music in [...]

Virtual Assistant Wants Radio Gig

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

2011 Music@Menlo Festival Showcases Brahms

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A Music@Menlo concert at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
22, 2011

Music@Menlo looks at the many facets of Brahms as focus of 2011festival; Classical apps coming to a smartphone near you; Downloading music without paying? Musicians say, enough!

New Kids on the Block…BBC Introduces Next Classical Generation

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Mezzo Soprano Clara Moritz
July 19, 2011

New Kids on the Block…BBC Introduces Next Classical Generation; ‘Slava’ to be Honored in Center of Moscow;

Combining Arts Agencies to Save Money: At What Cost?

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Downtown Denver
18, 2011

City of Denver blends facilities management and cultural affairs…Will it work? Museums, libraries and the arts have much to gain from each other. Using sex to sell string quartet.

Two Boys Reviews Are In – Audiences Rave, Critics Bored

Two Boys promo website
Nico Muhly's first opera, Two Boys, opened this weekend at the English National Opera.
27, 2011

Reviews are in for Nico Muhly’s new opera, Two Boys, which premiered this weekend at the English National Opera. See what critics and audiences had to say.

A New Opera For (And About) The Facebook Generation

Two Boys promo website
Nico Muhly's first opera, Two Boys, opens this week at the English National Opera.
22, 2011

Nico Muhly’s first opera, Two Boys has not even opened, but it has already sparked serious debate around questions as profound as whether or not the increasingly dominant role that the internet and technology plays in our life is a good or bad thing.

Friday Morning Headlines: BBC Staging “Cultural Olympiad”

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2012 will be the first time London has hosted the Summer Olympic Games since 1948.
17, 2011

Cultural groups in London are gearing up for 2012 Olympics, The Joffrey Ballet’s Artistic Director turns down Britain’s Royal Ballet and clothing optional orchestras in Spain.

What’s Right With the Metropolitan Opera

Karita Mattila, Salome, 2008
Karita Mattila in Salome, 2008, Metropolitan Opera
12, 2009

Jennifer Hambrick tries to balance the scales after Norman Lebrecht’s ArtsJournal blog post.

Interview With Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht
Norman Lebrecht
April 19, 2007

In this interview, Norman Lebrecht, a widely-read commentator on music, culture and politics, describes the greatness of classical music along with its problems, and passionately describes how the defenders of the art must separate the good from the great.