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Jun. 26 2015

À mon chevet: ‘The Arabian Nights’

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À mon chevet is a series of posts featuring a quote from whatever book is on my nightstand at the moment.

The following night Dinarzad said to her sister Shahrazad, “Sister, tell us the rest of the story and what happened to the fisherman.” Shahrazad replied, “With the greatest pleasure”:

I heard, O King, that when the fisherman presented the [four] fish to the king, and the king looked at

Jun. 25 2015

Classical & Opera Listings for June 26-July 2

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A critical guide to performances of classical music in the New York City area.

Jun. 25 2015

James Horner (1953-2015)

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A Hollywood legend has passed: film composer James Horner died on Monday morning, when the small plane he was flying crashed in California. For most people Horner’s fame rests on the soundtracks he composed for the James Cameron blockbusters Titanic and Avatar, films that were both so awful that his music for them does not stick out in my mind. For me and all my friends who were also children of

Jun. 24 2015

Avignon Festival Opens Next Week

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The Avignon Festival is set to open next week, and its director, Olivier Py, stirred the pot by drawing a parallel between the story of Shakespeare’s King Lear and the legacy of Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the ultra-right party Le Front National, in an interview for France Inter. Jérôme Lachasse has a report (Olivier Py : «Le roi Lear est plus métaphysique que Le Pen», June 24) for Le Figaro (

Jun. 24 2015

Review: The Knights Are Spirited in Central Park, Despite Soggy Weather

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This orchestral collective’s performance opened the season of free Naumburg Orchestral Concerts in Central Park.

Jun. 23 2015

Reading Booths in Rueil-Malmaison

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When was the last time you used a pay phone? In the era of the cell phone, one is far less likely to see a coin-operated pay phone, either at the back of a bar or in a booth on the corner. The mayor’s office in Rueil-Malmaison has come up with an intriguing plan to re-purpose the phone booths in that small town in the Ile de France: turn them into mini-warehouses for its “Livres en Liberté”

Jun. 22 2015

Berlin Philharmonic Selects Kirill Petrenko to Succeed Simon Rattle

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The orchestra has given its approval to a leader with high standards who keeps a low profile for someone in his position.

Jun. 22 2015

On Forbes: Kirill Petrenko New Chief Conductor Of The Berliner Philharmonic

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Kirill Petrenko New Chief Conductor Of The Berliner PhilharmonicRadio Berlin-Brandenburg reports that the Berlin Philharmonic has elected Kirill Petrenko as their new music director and successor to Simon Rattle. An inquiry by that station was neither confirmed nor denied, but there will be a press conference later today. (The press conference will be transmitted live via Digital Concert Hall.)

Jun. 21 2015

Gunther Schuller, Composer Who Synthesized Classical and Jazz, Dies at 89

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Mr. Schuller, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral work in 1994, coined the term Third Stream to describe music that drew on the forms and resources of both classical and jazz.

Jun. 21 2015

Perchance to Stream: Golden Anniversary Edition

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Here is your regular Sunday selection of links to online audio and online video from the week gone by. After clicking to an audio or video stream, you may need to press the “Play” button to start the broadcast. Some of these streams become unavailable after a few days.
Australian conductor Simone Young bids farewell to Hamburg, where for ten years she has served as music director of the opera and

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