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New Jersey Symphony’s New Director on Defining Her Own Sound

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 21:19:33 GMT

Xian Zhang, the new music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.Xian Zhang, on the eve of her debut concerts as the ensemble’s music director, discusses being a female conductor and what she hopes to accomplish.

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At Juilliard, Can You Hear the Sprezzatura?

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:40:50 GMT

Baldassare Castiglione coined “sprezzatura” in his 1528 tome “Book of the Courtier,” denoting the art of concealing effort, an elegant nonchalance.A concert aims to evoke a term coined in an Italian courtier’s 16th-century book, suggesting in music “something a little jazzier, more flexible.”

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Meaning of Bob Dylan’s Silence

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:21:01 GMT

Bob Dylan at a concert in London in 2011.Intentionally or not, he is showing us the true spirit of literature.

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Buffalo Philharmonic, Once Languishing, Has Come a Long Way

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:01:51 GMT

JoAnn Falletta leading a performance of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall.The orchestra’s fortunes have improved in the years since JoAnn Falletta took over, and she hopes to make it more central to the city’s identity.

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Album Review: Tove Lo’s ‘Lady Wood’: More Professional Than Passionate

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:20:01 GMT

Tove Lo performing in Las Vegas in May.Ms. Lo’s new album, her second, finds her back with Max Martin, with songs that seem much the same as those on her debut, but far more coolly produced.

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Up Next: Patrick Belaga Is a Cellist Who Moonlights as a Model

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 22:16:14 GMT

Patrick Belaga is recording a solo album, though he may scrap the project.The 25-year-old is a classically trained experimental cellist. He is also signed with Wilhelmina modeling agency.

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Ana Gasteyer, Belting Out the Zany (With Kazoo, Too)

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:56:31 GMT

Ana Gasteyer, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, offering songs and monologues with deadpan humor at Café Carlyle.This saucy comedian and singer has a strong singing voice that can stir up quite a storm. At Café Carlyle, she is accompanied by a jaunty pop-jazz ensemble.

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At the Classical New York Festival of Song, Music for Deciding a Vote

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:51:57 GMT

Mary Testa, who will be singing at Merkin Concert Hall.Songs by Richard Rodgers, Mary Rodgers and Adam Guettel at Merkin Concert Hall, and compositions by Gabriela Lena Frank at National Sawdust.

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The Festival of Praise Tour Arrives in Brooklyn

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:50:35 GMT

Israel Houghton is one of the gospel singers featured in the Festival of Praise Tour.This gospel fest includes Fred Hammond, Karen Clark Sheard, Israel Houghton and the up-and-comer Casey J.

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Jaap Van Zweden Is a Global Maestro of Music and Multitasking

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:01:28 GMT

Jaap van Zweden is the music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and will also be the music director designate of the New York Philharmonic starting in 2017.The Dutch conductor will helm the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics, a pinnacle that began with a push from Leonard Bernstein.

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In Hamburg, a New Musical Landmark for a City With Plans

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:01:28 GMT

The Elbphilharmonie, a glass-paneled building built atop a former warehouse in Hamburg, Germany, includes two concert halls, a hotel, a restaurant and residential apartments.“A light tower for this city-in-progress,” after years of delays and a tenfold increase in costs.

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A Soprano Has a Goal for Her New ‘Manon Lescaut’: Don’t Cry

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:01:28 GMT

In an apocryphal desert in Louisiana, Manon, performed by the soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, is held by her lover, des Grieux, performed by the tenor Stefano La Colla.Eva-Maria Westbroek’s third take on the role allows her to explore antiheroic qualities while bringing compassion to character.

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A Classical Music Lover Changes Kenyan Children’s Lives

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:01:24 GMT

Stephen Kamau, 15, a student in the Ghetto Classics music program, practices on his cello in Nairobi’s Korogocho slum. In the background is the huge open-air dump next to the slum.Elizabeth Njoroge uses her ‘rock star’ gifts to create orchestras and run programs that give poor youth the chance to perform and learn.

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Opera, Ballet and More Treats for Fall: Global Arts Guide

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:01:24 GMT

Igone de Jongh and Artem Yachmennikov in Ted Brandsen’s colorfully staged “Coppelia,” playing at the Dutch National Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam in December.A new version of ‘Jeptha’ leads the fall for the Dutch National Opera & Ballet, and other performances of note this season.

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BAM Unveils Its Winter/Spring Season

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:17:51 GMT

From left, Marie Mullen, Aisling O’Sullivan and Marty Rea in “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” directed by Garry Hynes.Highlights include a production of the Tony-winning black comedy “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” directed by Garry Hynes in her Brooklyn Academy of Music debut.

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Review: In ‘Supersonic,’ the Band Oasis and Its Combative Brothers

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:03:53 GMT

“Supersonic,” a documentary about the founding members of the rock band Oasis — Liam Gallagher, above (and his brother Noel) — is directed by Mat Whitecross.This documentary looks at the rock group’s founding members, Liam and Noel Gallagher, through older footage and animated re-creations.

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Prince’s Paisley Park Is Cleared to Open as a Museum

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:11:07 GMT

Paisley Park, the Prince museum in Chanhassen, Minn. After a zoning delay, tours will start again on Friday.After hitting a zoning snag, the musician’s studio complex will once again be open for tours starting on Friday.

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Bobby Vee, Pop Idol Known for ‘Take Good Care of My Baby,’ Dies at 73

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:07:10 GMT

Bobby Vee in an undated photo. He placed 38 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1959 to 1970.One of a crop of dreamboat singers promoted in the late 1950s and early ’60s, he got his first big break when he filled in for Buddy Holly and others after their plane crashed.

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Critic's Notebook: Schubert’s Chilly Winter Journey, Told Two Ways

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:11:40 GMT

Simon Rattle leading Ensemble Connect with the tenor Mark Padmore in Schubert’s “Winterreise,” at Zankel Hall on Oct. 16.Two interpretations of “Winterreise,” one for a chamber group, the other a piano-and-voice performance, took alternate routes to its emotional depths.

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Critic's Notebook: A John Zorn Weekend — 10-Hour Marathon Concert Included

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:14:51 GMT

John Zorn, in camouflage pants, being congratulated after a concert on Thursday night at the Miller Theater.The avant-garde composer’s music could be heard this weekend at Columbia’s Miller Theater, as well as at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

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Kings of Leon Finally Land a No. 1 Album With ‘WALLS’

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:23:38 GMT

The Kings of Leon, from left, Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill and Nathan Followill.The band’s seventh album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, ahead of new records by the Game and JoJo.

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Drake Announces ‘More Life’ on His Preferred Platform, Apple Music

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:46:04 GMT

Drake, performing in September. He debuted three new tracks on Sunday night, during an episode of his “OVO Sound” show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio.The rapper said a new release, which he called a playlist rather than an album, would arrive in December.

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Review: Berlin Radio Choir Honors Bach and Those He Influenced

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:33:01 GMT

The Berlin Radio Choir was on display in all its glory for “Immortal Bach.”In the program “Immortal Bach,” part of the White Light Festival, the ensemble sang works by Heinrich Schütz, Bach, Brahms, Schoenberg and Knut Nystedt.

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Tenor Will Sing Anthem at N.F.L. Game but Supports Athletes’ Kneeling Protests

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:03:56 GMT

Lawrence Brownlee performing in the opera “La Donna Del Lago” at the Metropolitan Opera last year.The star tenor Lawrence Brownlee said he wrestled with the question of whether to sing but decided to do so “with the conflicting emotions that pull at my heart.”

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Bob Dylan’s Silence on Nobel Prize Is Called ‘Impolite and Arrogant’ by Academy Member

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:37:06 GMT

Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, but at least one member of the Swedish Academy, which awards the prize, may be growing tired of his lack of response.The criticism of Mr. Dylan came from Per Wastberg, a writer and member of the Swedish Academy that awards the honor. His comments were reported by a Swedish newspaper.

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Critic's Notebook: When Anaïs Met Circe, and Other Operatic Adventures

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:17:40 GMT

The mezzo-soprano Augusta Caso in the combined staging of “Anaïs Nin” and “Odysseus’ Women,” both by Louis Andriessen, presented by the Center for Contemporary Opera.The Center for Contemporary Opera staged a combined production of Louis Andriessen’s “Anaïs Nin” and “Odysseus’ Women,” as well as Louis Karchin’s “Jane Eyre.”

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Trilobites: Studying the Building Blocks of Life in Stereo Sound

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:47:33 GMT

The researchers used data-to-music mapping to transform amino acids to fit a musical range as depicted in this scale.To make it easier to sift through data on proteins, a composer and a biologist turned them into music, an approach that could have many applications.

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The Playlist: David Bowie’s Unreleased Songs and a ‘Putin’ Satire

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:11:41 GMT

David Bowie, in February 1996. Michael C. Hall delivers faithful Bowie inflections on “Killing a Little Time.”The cast recording of “Lazarus” has “Killing a Little Time,” and politics make appearances on Le Tigre’s “I’m With Her” and Randy Newman’s “Putin.”

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Popcast: Popcast: Nu-Dance Rises With Help From Streaming

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:45:53 GMT

The week, the podcast goes to the club with Jia Tolentino, a contributing writer for, and David Turner, a staff writer for MTV News.

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Making Her Operatic Debut, the Notorious R.B.G.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:59:08 GMT

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will play the Duchess of Krakenthorp, for one night only, in Washington.Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have a speaking role, on opening night for Washington National Opera’s “The Daughter of the Regiment.”

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This String Quartet Has a Line of Craft Beer

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:42:16 GMT

From left, Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen, Asbjorn Norgaard, Frederik Oland and Fredrik Schoyen Sjolin of the Danish String Quartet, whose goal is to carry listeners along with its sound.The Danish String Quartet also vacuums, turns the lights out at the end of the night, and is pretty good at music, too.

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Harsh Crowd: Indie Rock Veterans at Age 14

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:30:17 GMT

Harsh Crowd this month in Manhattan. From left, Dea Brogaard-Thompson, Willow Bennison, Lena Faske and Rihana Abdulrashid-Davis.Mature beyond their years, the four teenagers in this New York band are forging a feminist pop-punk sound all their own.

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Sure, Daya Wants to Visit the Club. But She Doesn’t Want to Live There.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:41:32 GMT

Daya, a 17-year-old singer from Pittsburgh named Grace Tandon, who recently released her debut album, “Sit Still, Look Pretty.” 17 and from Pittsburgh, Daya’s released her debut album. And it shows she owes a debt to dance music, but isn’t bound by it.

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