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Debussy Turns 150 Years Old!

“Music is the silence between the notes.” “I love music passionately. And because I love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it.” “Art is the most beautiful of all lies.” Claude Debussy was a man of … Continue reading

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Conductor Charles Mackerras dead at 84

Charles Mackerras, a conductor who championed the work of Czech composers, especially Janacek, and had associations with many of Britain’s major orchestras and opera houses, died Wednesday night of cancer.
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Classical Music’s Comeback, on Public Radio

In the last decade, public radio stations could not get rid of classical music fast enough, as station after station abandoned the format for news and talk, alienating classical fans.
Just 19 commercial classical stations remain on the air nationwide, by one count, down from about 50 in the early 1990s. But as ad-supported programmers also decide that the classical format is no longer practical, the music has started to find a new savior. And, to the surprise of many, it is public broadcasting.
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And the Orchestra Played On

For any parent, grandparent, teacher or student who wonders whether music lessons are a wise investment:
The other day, I found myself rummaging through a closet, searching for my old viola. This wasn’t how I’d planned to spend the afternoon. I hadn’t given a thought to the instrument in years. I barely remembered where it was, much less how to play it. But I had just gotten word that my childhood music teacher, Jerry Kupchynsky — “Mr. K.” to his students — had died.
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By the People, For the People?

by James Hogan Soon this January we’ll be inaugurating a new president, which got me thinking about democracy and classical music. Whacky, I know. The New York Times ran an article in December about Gilbert E. Kaplan, a very well-to-do … Continue reading

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