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NYT > Music
Irene Dalis, Opera Singer and Company Founder, Dies at 89
Ms. Dalis was a mezzo-soprano who starred at the Metropolitan Opera for two decades before building a second career as the founder and director of Opera San José. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Rock Scully, Grateful Dead’s Manager Who Put the Band on Records, Dies at 73
Mr. Scully became the manager of the psychedelic rock band shortly after seeing them perform at an Acid Test in 1965. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Larry Henley, a Writer of ‘Wind Beneath My Wings,’ Dies at 77
Mr. Henley, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, was also an activist for the rights of songwriters. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
In Guitarist’s Death, a City Loses a Link to the Blues
Marion “Little Joe” Washington, who died in November, was a magnetic figure in Houston whose popularity cut across both social classes and musical cliques. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
The Year of Taylor Swift
She traded Nashville for New York, released the chart-topping pop album “1989,” took on Spotify and has an updated sense of style. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500

NYT > Jazz
Jazz Listings for Dec. 19-25
A selected, critical guide to performances in New York City. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Jazz Pianist’s Multiple Worlds
There’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output of the pianist Vijay Iyer. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
A Frequent Guest Star Takes a Turn Leading
The bassist Thomas Morgan, known for appearing on others’ albums, is playing with a band of his own at Seeds in Brooklyn, with the keyboardist Pete Rende and the drummer Dan Weiss. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Jazz Listings for Dec. 12-18
A selected, critical guide to performances in New York City. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
Jazz Listings for Dec. 5-Dec. 11
A selected, critical guide to performances in New York City. Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0500
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Serious business
La Cieca (left) reminds her cher public that it is time once again for conversation about off-topic and general interest discussion on the very important and weighty subject of The Opera. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:01:28 +0000
Lovely to look at
On this day in 1898 American actress and singer Irene Dunne was born. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:50:19 +0000
Mon coeur s’est calmĂ©!
On this day in 1881, Massenet's HĂ©rodiade premiered in Brussels. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:52 +0000
Mystery guests
Perhaps what was most exciting about last week at the Met was that there was nothing conventionally "special" going on. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:18:28 +0000
Son souvenir vivra parmi les Ăąges
On this day in 218 BC, in the Battle of the Trebia of the Second Punic War, Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeated those of the Roman Republic. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:48:44 +0000
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A Bicentennial For Boston's Handel And Haydn Society
The group gave the first U.S. performance of Handel's Messiah, and still plays it today. Yet the ensemble has constantly evolved. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:17:00 -0500
Best Classical Albums Of 2014
Our happy duty: finding 10 releases from 2014 that we can't wait to share. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 08:05:00 -0500
In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On
The master luthier's violins and cellos include spruce from the Fiemme Valley. The forest still thrives, and its trees are still made into fine instruments. Sat, 06 Dec 2014 06:02:00 -0500
Dublin Guitar Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert
It's amazing how satisfying Philip Glass' string quartet music sounds on four guitars. The interlocking parts are transparent and the music seems to breathe. Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:27:00 -0500
What's Your Top 100 Of The Last 100 Years?
Forget the best music of the past year — what are the very best compositions of the last century? Participate in member station Q2's poll, and they'll webcast a marathon of the top choices. Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:03:18 -0500

George Shearing's Holiday Set On Piano Jazz
In a 2001 session, Shearing and host Marian McPartland reminisce about seasons gone by and play holiday songs, including "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Away In A Manger." Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:39:00 -0500
An Upset Either Way: Steve Lehman And Wadada Leo Smith Triumph
Could anyone have predicted the first and second place finishers in this year's NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll? The poll master certainly didn't — and he voted for both of them. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:56:00 -0500
The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll
We had 140 jazz journalists weigh in on their favorite releases of the year. Here are their top overall picks, with top finishers in Latin jazz, vocal, debut and historical categories. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:56:00 -0500
Highlights From Winter Jazzfest 2014
As New York prepares for its January music marathon, watch performances from last year, including Gretchen Parlato, Donald Harrison, Rudy Royston, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:57:46 -0500
In Memory Of 2014: Jazz Night Looks Back
This year marked the passing of legends like Charlie Haden, Horace Silver and Gerald Wilson. Hear their great live performances from the vault, and highlights remembrances from loved ones. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:15:00 -0500
New Music and Globalization 3: Embodiment and Mobility
Rather than attempting a synthesis, Pamela Z’s music highlights—and perhaps even celebrates—difference. She presents identity as a matter of polyphony, sometimes between irreconcilable parts. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:55:09 +0000
Ken Thomson: Energized Complexities
Thomson's often-complex work is carefully designed and communicates powerfully in live performance without exhausting the audience. We chat with him off stage about how he navigates multiple projects and genres while keeping listeners on the edge of their seats. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:21:47 +0000
NewMusicBox Mix: 2014 Staff Picks
Before we close the file on 2014, New Music USA staff members have chosen some of their favorite tracks from the past twelve months for this edition of the NewMusicBox Mix. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:05:45 +0000
The Queen of Grace and Kindness—Deborah Atherton (1951-2014)
Deborah helped many composers and performers through her work as a consultant and at the American Music Center, Concert Artists Guild, and the American Composers Alliance. But she was much more than an administrator. Her librettos included Under the Double Moon, a collaboration with composer Anthony Davis, and Mary Shelley, which she created in partnership with the composer Allan Jaffe. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:00:55 +0000
The Audience: More Than Money and Applause
The whys and hows of romancing your fans and serving your ticket buyers. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:13:15 +0000
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Impresario Irene Dalis of Opera San José dies at 89
Irene Dalis, the San Jose native who established a starry international career as an operatic mezzo-soprano before returning to found and run Opera San José for 30 years, died Sunday in San Jose after a brief illness. She was 89. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Five Singers Win Opera News Award
Opera News will honor five singers with its 2015 Opera News Award, a prize given annually by the magazine to recognize contributions to the opera world. The winners, who will received their awards at a gala at the Plaza Hotel on April 19, are the tenor Piotr Beczala; the bass-baritone Samuel Ramey; the bass Ferruccio Furlanetto; and the sopranos Sondra Radvanovsky and Teresa Stratas. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
S.F. Opera lauds Dede Wilsey, fundraiser extraordinaire
Deep-pocketed patronage set the stage at the War Memorial Opera House as supporters gathered for a recent black-tie dinner-dance hosted by the San Francisco Opera Guild to honor Dede Wilsey. Though often thumbnailed as “Fine Arts Museums board president,” Wilsey wears many philanthropic hats. But her passion for the Opera is a mainstay since moving here in the late ’60s from her family home in Washington, D.C., where her father, the late diplomat Wiley Buchanan, served as protocol chief to the Eisenhower administration. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Arts Education Matters: We Know, We Measured It
We recently conducted two studies that used random-assignment research designs to identify causal effects of exposure to the arts through museum and theater attendance. In the museum study, we held a lottery with nearly 11,000 students from 123 Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma schools, roughly half of whom were assigned to visit Crystal Bridges of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., while the other half served as the control group. In the live-theater study, we conducted a lottery to offer free tickets to roughly half of the 700 Arkansas students applying to see "Hamlet" or "A Christmas Carol" at a professional theater in Fayetteville. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
Opera singer regains voice after escaping domestic abuse
The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter will be at capacity this holiday season, assisting women and children in their attempts to escape abuse. Barbara King was unaware of the shelter’s existence until she required help in 2008. The former gymnastics champion relocated to Calgary from Quebec after rediscovering her love of singing opera.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 GMT
The New Yorker:  Arts & Culture
Sasha Frere-Jones: The new R. & B.
R.​& B. has always constituted a large part of pop music. But, more than a decade ago, when Beyoncé was a member of Destiny’s Child, R. & B. was a genre like many others, healthy but not dominant. ’NSync, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Louis Menand: How women got in on the Civil Rights Act.
Most Americans who made it past the fourth grade have a pretty good idea who Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr., were. Not many Americans have even heard of Alice Paul, Howard W. Smith, and Martha Griffiths. But they played almost as big a role in the . . . Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Goings On About Town: Movies
goatcategory--> NOW PLAYING Begin Again Another sappy but engaging musical fable from the Irish writer and director John Carney, who made “Once.” In New York, a high-minded and depressive singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley)—a British Joni Mitchell, perhaps, whose music seems crossed with . . . Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Emily Nussbaum: “Being Mary Jane” review.
In the first episode of “Being Mary Jane,” a cable-news anchor (Gabrielle Union) gets a booty call. While her drunk boyfriend waits outside the door, she plucks off her bandanna, hides her vibrator in a drawer, and frenziedly strips her wall of yellow stickies, on which she . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT
Briefly Noted book reviews.
paragraph class=no-indent> ASTONISH ME, by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf). Set in the world of ballet, this gripping novel spans three decades, starting in the mid-seventies, when Joan, a young American dancer, helps a Baryshnikov-like star defect from the Soviet . . . (Subscription required.) Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:00:00 GMT


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