10 Best Classical Albums of 2016

If 2016 has blazed an unusually bitter trail of losses and anxiety, we can be all the more grateful for the visionary artists who keep us connected to music’s tradition — and who point a way forward. This list pays tribute to a colorful spectrum of musicians who are making…

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Tuning Up! Seattle Symphony Celebrates American Music

“There are as many sides to American music as there are to the American people,” Leonard Bernstein remarked in one of his popular Young People’s Concerts devoted to the topic “What Is American Music?” “Maybe that’s the main quality of all — our many-sidedness. Think of all the races…

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'The Shining' and Other Opera Thrillers and Chillers

Perched in the Colorado Rockies in the dead of winter, the Overlook Hotel is the setting for Stephen King’s 1977 breakthrough novel The Shining. It is during the off season at the vast resort that King’s fictional aspiring writer, Jack Torrance, takes up residence with his wife and…

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Women's Indelible Mark on Classical Music

It took until 1920 for the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be ratified, guaranteeing female citizens the right to vote. But almost 100 years later, the status quo in classical music still needs a whole lot of shaking up if women are to have any chance of…

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Classical: Mohammed Fairouz’s Multifaceted Imagination

It’s not every day you expect a major talk show to spotlight a composer from the world of contemporary classical music. But Mohammed Fairouz has a way of defying expectations: Last May, MSNBC’s Morning Joe presented a segment on the young Arab-American composer — just one indication that Fairouz,…

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'Mozart in the Jungle’: Ego, Sex, and Music

At first glance, when Amazon Studios’ series Mozart in the Jungle launched in December 2014, it suggested little more than a mashup of the bed-hopping and gossip from Sex and the City with the ambience of Carnegie Hall. The premise that the classical music world is driven by the same…

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