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The London Symphony Orchestra Returns
29 Aug 2012 -- Fresh from its starring role in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, the London Symphony Orchestra returns to Lincoln Center next month for its annual New York residency.

An Eye to the Future
23 Aug 2012 -- New York Philharmonic Executive Director Matthew VanBesien speaks with Monica Parks about his path to the Philharmonic, his reaction to a new hometown, and his hopes for the Orchestra’s future.

Haute Couture at New York City Ballet
15 Aug 2012 -- Fashion, as the world knows, is the guiding passion of Valentino Garavani, the renowned designer and master couturier, often known simply as Valentino. Less well known is Valentino’s passion for the ballet.

What Mozart Learned from the Birds
01 Aug 2012 -- One day, as he walked past a bird store, Wolfgang Amadeus heard a caged starling singing one of his own melodies. The remarkable thing was, no one had heard that piece aside from Mozart.

BBC Proms Dazzles on Opening Night
16 Jul 2012 -- An elegant and distinctly celebratory opening concert launched the 2012 version of London's BBC Proms Concerts at Royal Albert Hall on July 13. Frank Cadenhead reports.

A Wider Spectrum
11 Jul 2012 -- When the New York Philharmonic plays its Concerts in the Parks, the entire city is invited. Stephen Greco reveals the inspirations and ambitions behind this long-running cultural gift to New York City.

A Window on the East
06 Jul 2012 -- Lincoln Center Festival spotlights contemporary Chinese Dance, Theater and Opera.

Q&A With Baritone Liam Bonner
04 Jul 2012 -- The Bard SummerScape Festival presented its first comic opera on Friday, July 27, giving the original 1887 version of Emmanuel Chabrier’s The King in Spite of Himself (Le roi malgré lui) its first staged production in the U.S.

Diva Delights
03 Jul 2012 -- Washington National Opera’s 2012–2013 season features a dynamic group of strong female characters with compelling musical and dramatic stories, portrayed by outstanding singers—it is a season of divas.

Madame Butterfly: A Love Story for the Ages
27 Jun 2012 -- “I love Puccini. I love him like crazy love.” Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch is unabashed in his admiration for the music of opera master Giacomo Puccini, especially his Madame Butterfly.

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
26 Jun 2012 -- Tony Bennett called it "the best jazz room in the city," while leading publications like DownBeat and Jazz Times voted the venue one of the world’s best.

Zarin Mehta — on New York, Chutzpah, and the New York Philharmonic
20 Jun 2012 -- As the Philharmonic’s President and Executive Director prepared to turn over the reins, he spoke with Monica Parks about his 12 years with this Orchestra.

Everything Under the Sky
19 Jun 2012 -- Lincoln Center Out Of Doors has something for everyone. ­

Music and Movement, Space and Sound
11 Jun 2012 -- When Alan Gilbert met the Park Avenue Armory, inspiration struck. Barrymore Laurence Scherer explores the result of this epiphany: Philharmonic 360, the fascinating program that will conclude the season in spectacular fashion.

Princely Moves
11 Jun 2012 -- Ethan Stiefel may be retiring from American Ballet Theatre, but fortunately he’s giving us a chance to say good-bye.

The Modern Mind of Mozart
10 Jun 2012 -- The Mostly Mozart Festival celebrates the 10th season of Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée with the music of Schubert and the sound of birdsong.

A New Look: Transforming the Classics
07 Jun 2012 -- We all know what the Firebird looks like. Or do we?

Paris Opera Ballet
07 Jun 2012 -- Ballet’s classic tragedy Giselle returns to Kennedy Center July 5–8 in a romantic production from the company where it was created.

Empowering the Voices of Tomorrow
21 May 2012 -- Across the world something truly eventful is happening in music education. Jon Deak talks about the Philharmonic’s own celebration of children’s creativity — the Credit Suisse Very Young Composers program.

Emilie: Kajia Saariaho’s One-Woman Opera
16 May 2012 -- Composer Kaija Saariaho’s compelling one-woman opera inspired by the life of Émilie du Châtelet arrives at Lincoln Center July 19-22.

Seeing Double
16 May 2012 -- American Ballet Theatre’s repertory is well stocked with works that offer dancers the opportunity to exploit something rather like a split personality.

With the Crack of a Whip, and a Warm Embrace
09 May 2012 -- Magnus Lindberg’s journey as a composer, and three years as the Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence, has brought the former radical to a warm embrace of tradition. Scott Timberg explores the path that has led to the premiere of the Finn’s Piano Concerto No. 2 this month.

A Glittering New Look: NYCB Unveils New Costumes for Symphony in C
06 May 2012 -- Symphony in C, the effervescent tutu ballet George Balanchine choreographed in 1947 for the Paris Opéra Ballet, returned to the New York City Ballet repertory at the Company’s Spring Gala on May 10, after an absence of four years.

Making the Grade
03 May 2012 -- Marina Harss highlights the women who make up the the famous “Kingdom of the Shades” scene from La Bayadère.

A Chat With: Organist Christopher Houlihan
02 May 2012 -- An interview with the organist Christopher Houlihan, who performs at Christ and St Luke's Episcopal Church in Norfolk on May 3 at 8:00 pm. The concert is co-presented by Virginia Arts Festival and the Tidewater Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Houlihan will perform music by JS Bach, Louis Vierne, Camille Saint-Saens and Franz Liszt.

Unfamiliar Shores
27 Apr 2012 -- The Lincoln Center Festival brings the world to our doorstep.

Marathon Men
25 Apr 2012 -- To close out the St. Louis Symphony subscription season, Stephen Hough plays the “Rach Fest,” in which the phenomenally skilled piano virtuoso takes on the formidable task of performing three Rachmaninoff concerts over two weekends.

The Cellos of the New York Philharmonic
24 Apr 2012 -- The foundation of the strings and often the baritone melodists, the cello section plays a varied role in the orchestra, a diversity that Rebecca Winzenried has observed among the lives of the musicians themselves.

An Obscure Opera Relishes the Spotlight
18 Apr 2012 -- The revival of a long forgotten French opera was cheered by Parisian opera fans. Daniel-François-Esprit Auber's La Muette de Portici, which just finished a run at the Opéra-Comique, has proven to be a celebrated success and a highlight of the season.

A Conversation With Tenor Nicholas Phan
18 Apr 2012 -- As springtime comes into full bloom, rising star American tenor Nicholas Phan, named one of NPR’s Favorite New Artists of 2011, prepares for two exciting firsts.

Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Named Semi-Finalist for American Prize
14 Apr 2012 -- The American Prize has announced that the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and its music director David Bernard have been selected as semi-finalists in The American Prize Competition, Orchestral Performance 2012.

Singing the Ring
13 Apr 2012 -- This spring, the Met presents the first complete cycles of Robert Lepage’s groundbreaking new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, led by Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. How do the singers prepare for the daunting task of bringing Wagner’s vast cosmos to vocal life?

Ballet Speaks French
11 Apr 2012 -- This summer, for the first time in 16 years, New York’s dance fans will be able to experience ballet in its original language, when the Paris Opera Ballet settles into the David H. Koch Theater for 12 performances as part of the annual Lincoln Center Festival.

Nina Stemme: Becoming Salome
11 Apr 2012 -- This month, Franz Welser-Möst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in a rare concert performance of Strauss’s Salome. In a recent break from her performances in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, Nina Stemme discussed the challenge of performing as Salome in what will be her Carnegie Hall debut.

A Spectacular Silver Anniversary: Worthan Theater Center Turns 25
09 Apr 2012 -- Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera took a great leap forward in 1987 with the opening of their new home.

Finding His Way Home
04 Apr 2012 -- Jaap van Zweden, the former violinist who is now a conductor, makes his Philharmonic debut this month. Olivia Giovetti reveals how his appearance represents a kind of homecoming.

Marvelous Match
04 Apr 2012 -- On June 6, Pinchas Zukerman and the New York Philharmonic are performing together for the 100th time. Robin Tabachnik speaks with the eminent multitasker, who is conducting and performing as violin soloist this month through the 9th.

A Chat With: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor Susanna Mälki
04 Apr 2012 -- An interview with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Susanna Mälki. The sough-after conductor will lead the Orchestra in an exciting program April 5-7 in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown, New Jersey.

Music for All of Us
03 Apr 2012 -- The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to the Academy of Music this June for a special concert series—the first in a decade—led by the exuberant Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting, among other great works, highlights from Fantasia.

Being Billy
02 Apr 2012 -- The Met season will come to a close with Nathan Gunn taking on the title role of Britten’s Billy Budd for the first time with the company. The dynamic baritone spoke with the Met’s Charles Sheek about Billy, Britten—and what he learned from Domingo.

"Dream" Roles: Balanchine's Midsummer Night’s Dream Returns to NYC Ballet June 5-10
30 Mar 2012 -- The iconic piece returns to the Ballet's repertory in June. Joseph Carman explores the work, discussing the power of Mendelssohn’s score and talking to company members about their approaches to the choreography and characters.

Russian Connections: Simon Trpˇceski
29 Mar 2012 -- Macedonian pianist Simon Trpˇceski reveals his affinity for Tchaikovsky in his appearances on this year’s Summertime Classics concerts.

A Chorus Prepares
22 Mar 2012 -- The St. Louis Symphony covers repertoire from John Adams to J.S. Bach in a matter of weeks. Eddie Silva spotlights the Chorus.

A New Requiem in Dresden
09 Mar 2012 -- Raphael Mostel reports from Dresden where, for the first time since they began performing concerts to commemorate the catastrophic World War II firebombing of the city (and amidst some 1,600 neo-Nazi and 13,000 anti-Nazi demonstrators), the Staatskapelle has commissioned and performed a new requiem.

Murder, He Wrote
06 Mar 2012 -- Baritone Thomas Hampson, who takes on the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth for the first time at the Met this month, tells Philipp Brieler why this opera marks a turning point in the composer’s output.

The Adventure Ahead
06 Mar 2012 -- Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic’s journey together continues in the 2012–13 season, bringing audiences to exciting musical destinations. Karissa Krenz is your guide.

Inside the Pennsylvania Ballet's 2012-2013 Season
01 Mar 2012 -- With each passing season, Pennsylvania Ballet steps ever closer to its golden anniversary. In 2012-2013, the Company will take on some of the most groundbreaking work in its storied history, complemented by revered classics.

A Revolution in the Opera House
01 Mar 2012 -- The Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for concert performances of Richard Strauss’s Elektra May 10-12.

The Mystery of The Lighthouse
24 Feb 2012 -- Peter Maxwell Davies turned to the mystery of the Flannan Isles lighthouse as the subject for an opera. The Lighthouse will be presented at Dallas Opera in March.

L’Arpeggiata: Musical Time Travel
22 Feb 2012 -- Constantly finding new ways to re-imagine the 17th-century music that forms the core of its repertoire, L’Arpeggiata is the first early-music group to have its own Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall.

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