Raymond SokolovReports of the death of classical music ring out with the regularity of noon on a grandfather clock. Don't worry: the safest haven for serious music in America is on campus, and this is no ivory-towered phenomenon.
By Rodney PuntAn unusually large bounty of Schubert is to be discovered in this bicentennial year of “Gretchen am Spinnrade,” composed by the seventeen-year-old Schubert in 1814. Three wide-ranging projects focus on his influence.
By Arthur KaptainisA lot of money was riding on the outcome Sunday evening. I refer, of course, to the duration of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as sung by Renée Fleming. One popular over/under betting line was two minutes, 25 seconds.
By Robert P. CommandaySAN FRANCISCO - He was the beating heart of the Minnesota Orchestra. Vänskä's recent guest conducting appearance with the San Francisco Symphony made it clear why the Minnesota musicians love and need him. A CVNA commentary.
By Gail WeinNEW YORK - All eyes and ears will be on Judith LeClair, longtime principal bassoon of the New York Philharmonic, when she plays Mozart's Bassoon Concerto with the orchestra Jan. 16-22. This time, she has a brand new cadenza.
By Marvin J. WardBOOK REVIEW – How Music Works, by the legendary singer-songwriter and co-founder of Talking Heads, is analytical, frank, revelatory, and rich in food for thought regardless of one's musical preference. An updated paperback was recently released.
By Heidi WalesonNEW YORK -- Jeanine Tesori's Fun Home, currently playing at The Public Theater, isn't actually an opera. Yet it delves deep and has extraordinary emotional resonance -- in ways that Nico Muhly's Two Boys at the Met doesn't.
By Robert CommandayMINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Orchestra lockout of the past 13 months, resulting in the cancellation of the 2012-13 season and early part of the current season, shows no signs of progress.
UPDATE: Music Director Osmo Vänskä resigned today (10/1) after the Minnesota Orchestra withdrew from its Carnegie Hall concerts. In the absence of an agreement, the lockout continues.