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Classical Music News

A Musical Brain May Help Us Understand Language And Appreciate Tchaikovsky

June 10, 2019

Compared with monkeys, humans have a brain that is extremely sensitive to a sound's pitch. And that may reflect our exposure to speech and music.

Pavarotti Documentary Misses All The Right Notes

June 7, 2019

Ron Howard's new Pavarotti film fails to make us feel much for its subject, and does little to bolster the magical, complicated art called opera.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Suddenly Cancels Summer Season

May 31, 2019

The financially embattled organization surprised its musicians, and its audience, by shortening its season and cutting the players pay and vacation in an announcement made Thursday.

'They Know That I'm The Real Deal': Transgender Baritone Makes Opera History

May 30, 2019

In her U.S. debut as Don Giovanni, Lucia Lucas became the first known trans person to sing a principal role on an American opera stage.

'How Shostakovich Changed My Mind' Touches On The Music-Body Connection

May 17, 2019

BBC music broadcaster Stephen Johnson's remarkably diverse aesthetic and personal sensitivity are on full display in his new book on the Russian composer's music — and his own personal struggles.

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