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      INFOGRAPHIC: The Great American Musical Moves to the Opera House

      Carousel, currently running in a new production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, is one of many American musicals popping up at opera houses around the globe. Before Lyric, the Glimmerglass Opera revived this classic work by Rodgers and Hammerstein during its 2014 festival season. During the same summer season, Susan Graham starred in a new production more... more...

      How Silent Film Star Charlie Chaplin Changed Music

      Though many know him primarily as one of America’s most iconic actors and comedians, Charlie Chaplin was also a musician who influenced leading composers like Debussy and Satie, created original scores for his films, and forever changed the history of music. Born to two music hall singers, Chaplin received his musical training at an early more... more...

      3D Printing Brings Science to the Symphony Hall

      With the advent of 3D printing, designers, musicians, and engineers have been able to create instruments that just years ago, no one could have ever dreamed up. MONAD Studios has just unveiled their piezoelectric violin, an instrument with two strings, but which the designers claim still sounds and plays like a traditional violin. Piezoelectricity, which more... more...

      INTERVIEW: Guggenheim Fellow Rudresh Mahanthappa On Creating Music that Defies Genre

      Musicians today work across genres to create sounds that defy categorization, yet listeners crave categories. Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, whose many awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, has created sounds that defy categorization for his latest project, Song of the Jasmine, an interdisciplinary collaboration with Ragamala Dance that comes to the Museum of Contemporary Art more... more...

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      Record Store Day: everything you need to know in one handy infographic

      April 18 is that special day once a year when artists and consumers come together to celebrate independent music retailers and compete to create, or buy, limited edition releases

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      Philharmonia/Valcuha review – a tricky programme brought passionately to life

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      Juraj Valcuha masters complex orchestration and opulent textures with rigorous control in one of the most thrilling performances of the year Continue reading...

      Giants Are Small: how we brought Petrushka to life

      New York’s Giants Are Small have been hailed as ‘the future of the American orchestra’ for their performances mixing film, puppets and classical music. They bring their version of Petrushka to the Barbican for its European premiere

      Petrushka is a work with universal appeal. Stravinsky’s 1911 ballet is charged with irresistible music that speaks directly to the soul, whatever your age. The story is about three puppets – Petrushka (the Russian version of Mr Punch), a ballerina named Columbine, and “the Moor” – brought to life at a Shrovetide fair in 19th-century St Petersburg, by a wonderfully dark character known as the Magician. Petrushka is smitten with Columbine, but she, alas, prefers the Moor, who meanwhile seems enamoured only with himself, though he is also fascinated by a coconut (yes, you read that right). Stravinsky depicts all this so vividly, with such extremely descriptive musical clarity, that I always wondered if we could tell the story without the entire corps de ballet. Rather than dancers telling the story of puppets, why not let the puppets “speak” for themselves?

      Our experiment was a surprise hit. People weren’t sure what they had seen, and we weren’t quite sure what we had done

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