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Launching a new classical season with flash and fury Special

Toronto - Who says classical music isn't exciting? The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched its latest season in fine style this week, with superstar violinist Joshua Bell providing characteristic fire and drama.

Review: 'Glenn' a complex, abstract tribute to iconic Toronto pianist Special

Toronto - From the peak of his career to his death in 1982, Glenn Gould was a baffling enigma as much as he was a classical-music superstar. As many artistic geniuses were, from Picasso to Salinger, the Toronto pianist could be eccentric and difficult.

Indian classical music TV channel InSync plans to go global

Mumbai - InSync, India’s first and only 24-hour classical music channel plans to generate 10,000 hours of content over the next five years, and go global.

Violinist plays right through brain surgery

Rochester - Doctors like to keep patients engaged and alert during brain surgery, but having them play a violin? — Now that's something unusual.

Peter Sculthorpe: A truly Australian composer

Internationally renowned composer Peter Sculthorpe died today at the age of 85. Among Sculthorpe's compositions number the orchestral pieces Earth Cry, Kakadu and Irkanda IV.

Review: Summer music festival bridges old and new worlds Special

Toronto - The Toronto Summer Festival kicked off its ninth season Tuesday night at Toronto's Koerner Hall with a bravura performance by the Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet.

Bringing joy to a chaotic classic, an interview with The Bad Plus Special

The Bad Plus found fame with creative cover versions of rock and roll classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” With their latest release, however, the trio is tacklingthe work of Igor Stravinsky.

Legendary composer honoured at festival Special

Edmonton - R. Murray Schafer, the composer who coined the word "soundscape" will be on the receiving end of a tribute put together by New Music Edmonton.

Atom Egoyan schools opera audiences on love and fidelity Special

Toronto - Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi fan tutte revolves around a deceptively simple premise of altered identities. Dig deeper, however, and it's a thought-provoking work about relationships and the trust and deceit that color our romantic connections and illusions.

McDonald's plays classical music to break up drunken fights

A number of McDonald's in Stockport, England, are using classical music to break up drunken fights. The music is from Bach and Brahams.

Who was George Lloyd?

Penzance - The British composer George Lloyd was born in 1913. His opera "Iernin" has been performed this year for the first time since 1935.

Review: 'Listen to the Birds' is a children's intro to classical music Special

Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music by Ana Gerhard with illustrations by Cecilia Varela is a beautiful book about how birds have had an impact on composers like Vivaldi and Mozart.

Duo Concertante — Sweet music, bright sounds Special

Toronto - Duo Concertante are real-life couple Nancy Dahn and Tim Steeves. Hot off their Carnegie Hall debut in February, their new album (out on Marquis Classics) covers Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano. As they explain, playing together isn't always easy.

Op-Ed: 10 compositions to celebrate 328 years of Johann Sebastian Bach

Eisenach - Legend. Visionary. Romantic. Genius. These are certainly the terms to describe Johann Sebastian Bach, an 18th century German composer and musician (harpsichordist, violinist and violist). Today is his 328th birthday; it's time to remember his music.

’31 days of Mozart’ — A month-long dedicated channel at King-FM

Seattle - For those who enjoy classical music, and in particular the creation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is good to know that Seattle’s King FM Online offers throughout January a channel exclusively dedicated to the music of the famous Austrian composer.

Photo Essay: The neoclassical Schermerhorn Symphony Center Special

Nashville - The Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN is as well known for its distinctive architecture, grand chandeliers and amazing acoustics, as it is for the wonderful music.

Missing Holst music to be performed in Cheltenham

A musical composition by the Gustav Holst, which has been missing for over 50 years, is to be performed at a special concert in Cheltenham, the town of the composer's birth.

Classical music fest isn't just for snobs Special

Toronto - The Toronto Summer Music Festival is growing in popularity amidst an ever-expanding roster of international and Canadian artists. It’s quickly becoming a summertime "must" for culture vultures interested in a myriad of musical expressions.

Review: Move over Kanye West, Noah Stewart is here Special

London - If you listen to certain hip-hop artists, you may think mother is only half a word. There is though, an entirely different type of black performer out there.

Can sweet music help with organ transplants?

Experiments on mice have shown that playing soothing music during organ transplants leads to faster recoveries and extended life expectancies. The same positive effect could work on people.

Minneapolis transit tries classical music to deter loitering

Minneapolis - Would classical music stop loitering at various transit stations? Authorities at the Minneapolis Metro Transit system are experimenting with Ludwig van Beethoven to stop loiterers, vandalism and disorderly conduct.

Saving Lives, One Note At A Time Special

Teaching The Life Of Music explores the life-changing (and sometimes life-saving) effects of a music program pioneered in the barrios of Venezuela and brought to Canada.

Review: ‘BACH & Friends’ shows virtues of collaboration

It’s amazing to see musicians from all backgrounds—professional and emerging talent, pianists, violinists, clarinetists, singers, vocal groups, jazz musicians—perform and discuss their craft in an easy-going collegial setting.

Violinist: Musicians turning Bach music into 'shallow showpieces'

London - British 54-year-old punk violinist, Nigel Kennedy, recently accused the classical music establishment of not doing justice to Johann Sebastian Bach's music. Kennedy called music colleagues' performances "shallow showpieces."

Sheet Music Collectors of San Francisco donate their legacy Special

Before there was music in digital format, MP-3 players, CD’s and alike there was cassette tape and just before that, record disks made of vinyl, called LP albums. And before that, there was sheet music.

Talented musicians 'Make Tracks' to promote Australia Special

The 'Making Tracks' project has taken eight talented musicians to some of Australia's iconic destinations to make location-inspired music. It is hoped the music will help travellers connect with Australia in a more spiritual way.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra director talks TSO, classical music Special

Toronto - Toronto-born conductor and music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Peter Oundjian sat down with Toronto Star classical music critic John Terauds to discuss the TSO, his days as a violinist and his times with Itzhak Perlman.

Japanese company plays Mozart to its bananas

Tokyo - A Japanese fruit company has been playing Mozart to its ripening bananas, claiming it produces a sweeter product. In fact, a wide variety of food and beverages have been enjoying classical music, including soy sauce, udon noodles, miso and even sake.

Cape Town orchestra becomes the first from Africa to tour the US Special

Cape Town - An invitation to the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to undertake a concert tour along the East Coast of the United States from February to March 2011 is the first such invitation to an orchestra from the continent of Africa.

Canadian 15-year-old pianist Jan Lisiecki earning worldwide fame Special

Don't call him a prodigy. Fifteen-year-old Jan Lisiecki hates the term, often leveled at him when classical music lovers hear his passionate performances live or on his debut CD.
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Superstar violinist Joshua Bell in rehearsal for opening night of the new Toronto Symphony Orchestra...
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell in rehearsal for opening night of the new Toronto Symphony Orchestra season.
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Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra rehearse the program for opening night with MaestroPeter O...
Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra rehearse the program for opening night with MaestroPeter Oundjian.
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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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Joshua Bell is one of the foremost violinists in the world  and was named 2010 Instrumentalist of th...
Joshua Bell is one of the foremost violinists in the world, and was named 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical Americ. In 2011, he became the Music Director at the prestigious Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in London, England.
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Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize  and has also been honored in his home state of Indi...
Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, and has also been honored in his home state of Indiana.
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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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Dahn and Steeves have their fair share of challenges as partners in both life and art.  We found it ...
Dahn and Steeves have their fair share of challenges as partners in both life and art. "We found it all fairly straight-forward until we became parents," they explain. "The main challenges we have are as real-life partners and they are pretty typical for working parents: food shopping, ferrying kids around, school projects (due tomorrow)... organizing the home life while we're on tour is very challenging!"
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The opening night of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season included works by Lalo, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Berlioz.
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The Emerson String Quartet receive a standing ovation at Koerner Hall in Toronto on the opening nigh...
The Emerson String Quartet receive a standing ovation at Koerner Hall in Toronto on the opening night of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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R. Murray Shafer will be honoured by NME.
R. Murray Shafer will be honoured by NME.
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The Emerson String Quartet.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra on stage with Stokowski for the American premiere of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, March 2, 1916.
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Duo Concertante -real-life couple Nancy Dahn and Tim Steeves -has a new CD of Beethoven's sonatas for piano and violin.
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