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Classical Music News

From our friends at NPR, PRX, and PBS Member Stations from around the country

Jane the Virgin’s Jaime Camil Loves His Cast, Broadway, And Ancient Aliens

Friday, May 19, 2017

Jaime Camil plays the dramatic, charismatic, slightly self-absorbed yet extra-endearing Rogelio De La Vega on the CW’s telenovela-style comedy, Jane The Virgin. Camil, who has starred in many Mexican sitcoms, films and telenovelas, tells Nerdette’s Greta Johnsen why Jane the Virgin is so relatable and how it’s changing the game for people of color on American television.

In The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Teens Speak Up By Singing Out

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The group is celebrating its 25th anniversary by commissioning new pieces of contemporary classical music — and pushing the composers who write for the ensemble to broaden their own points of view.

Is A Stradivarius Violin Easier To Hear? Science Says Nope

Monday, May 8, 2017

Old Italian violins like those made by Stradivari are famous for their ability to project their sound. But a study found people in a blind test thought new violins projected better than old ones.

Her Violin Stolen, A Prodigy's World Became 'Unstrung'

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Min Kym had found her perfect partner in a 1696 Stradivarius — until it was snatched in a London cafe. She comes to terms with the loss in her new memoir, Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung.

Looking For Women's Music At The Symphony? Good Luck!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Recent surveys show that less than 2 percent of music performed by American orchestras is by women composers. This year's Pulitzer Prize winner, Du Yun, speaks out on diversity in the concert hall.

Gustavo Dudamel Addresses Venezuela's Leaders: 'Enough Is Enough'

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Long reticent to address the turmoil in his native country, conductor Gustavo Dudamel posted a lengthy open letter to the Venezuelan president and government today.

Don't Hire Me. Hire A Female Composer Instead

Monday, May 1, 2017

The number of female composers represented in the programming at America's top orchestras is dismal — less than 2 percent. Guest essayist Mohammed Fairouz proposes one provocative solution.

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