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Soundbox / Working in Concert
Hundreds of spectators – Palestinians and Israelis alike – crowded opposite the small stage, where dozens of young female singers (with a few boys among them too) stood excitedly, representing three choirs: the Jasmine Choir of the Magnificat Conservatory, run
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Artistic Prominence and Social Responsibility
Part of the genesis of my Yo-Yo Ma feature on Sunday was my curiosity about how artists deal with the responsibilities of assuming a political role.
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Classical Cutups For April Fools’ Day
It’s that time of year again, when practical jokers have a field day. Good-humored horseplay seems prevalent in cultures everywhere, even — according to Morning Edition commentator Miles Hoffman — within the hallowed halls of classical music.
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Future of Classical Music: Solutions
I think it’s time to emphasize solutions on my blog. I’ve made so many criticisms of the classical music world — justified criticisms, I don’t hesitate to say. And I love the theoretical discussions we get into, which I’m often
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Turning Complaints Into Art
Life in Tokyo, as everywhere else in the world, is annoying and unfair. The good men are all married. Co-workers clip their fingernails at their desks. Laundry comes back from the cleaners still dirty. Society is too competitive. It is
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Recounting The History Of Opera – One Tweet At A Time
How many tweets does it take to cover the entire span of opera history? The San Diego Opera wants to find out and has launched a Twitter project in which it will tweet about everything from Monteverdi to Mozart to
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Nature’s Rejects – The Music of the Castrati
It’s not the pyrotechnic pieces that are the most difficult, Cecilia Bartoli says. “The beautiful sad arias are the hardest to sing, because I am moved almost to tears. I know they were singing those arias out of their own
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Scaling New Heights: Piano Stairway Encourages Commuters to Ditch the Escalators
Apart from the fighting fit, most of us struggle taking the stairs during the morning commute to work… especially if there is an escalator right next to them.  
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