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Wish You Had Perfect Pitch? Researchers Find Epilepsy Drug May Help Adults Develop Rare Skill

According to a research report published last week, scientists have discovered that Valproate, a drug used to treat epilepsy, can help adults develop perfect pitch.

Audio Visual Arts Opens 2014 with 'Christopher Knowles: Audio Works & Objects' in East Village

2013 was a banner year for one of New York City's most underrated, often misunderstood galleries. Finishing out last season with a spot-on recreation of Gen Ken Montgomery's old Generator Sound Art space and a Xerox-ed retro of the last two decades ...

Saul Zaentz, Controversial Record Executive and Lauded Producer Behind 'Amadeus,' Dead at 92

"He was an amazing man," said nephew Paul Zaentz, who is also a movie producer. "He always taught me to only make films I am passionate about."

Jazz at Lincoln Center Gets Unprecedented $20 Million Donation from Chairman Robert J. Appel

According to the New York Times, Jazz at Lincoln Center now has $20 million more in their Columbus Circle coffers--all thanks to financier, philanthropist and JALC chairman Robert J. Appel.

Classicalite's Top 10 of 2013: Maria Jean Sullivan on Indie

"The Knife's 'Shaking the Habitual' is an electronic manifestation of both emotion and philosophy." -- Maria Jean Sullivan

When U.S. Customs Smashed Boujemaa Razgui's 11 Nay Flutes...the Other Side of the Story

Let nobody say that both sides of a story never get an airing. The news that 11 rare flutes had been destroyed by U.S. customs officials has been greeted with horror by the music community. The instruments belonged to the Canadian musician Boujemaa ...

Stung by Yundi's Erratic "Flight of the Bumblebee?" Yuja Wang, Mnozil Brass Will Give You a Better Buzz!

If it's high-speed pianism you want to hear, you could do worse than to watch some videos of another Chinese pianist: Yuja Wang. Her rock-solid technique lets her fingers fly at near-hummingbird frequencies, while staying completely in control.

Back of The Billboards: 'American Hustle Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'

Society always celebrates the records that top the Billboard 200 album chart. Back of The Billboards is a Music Times weekly segment that looks at the opposite end: the new record that finished closest to the back of the Billboard 200 for the ...

Classicalite's Five Best: Characters, Then and Now, for Whom Classical Music Was a Passion...Not Just Sherlock!

With the triumphant return of the BBC's Sherlock to our screens, following his supposed death at Reichenbach, the series everyone is talking about prompts another thought for classical fans. It is an ongoing characteristic of Arthur Conan Doyle's ...

Now With 100% More Jazz: BBC Young Musician 2014 Names Category Finalists

Stay tuned to Classicalite, as the 2014 Jazz Award finalists will be announced in early February.

Quickies: Mayor DeBlasio on the Arts, Electric Andrés Segovia, Wynton Marsalis/Drew Faust, American Ballet's Kevin McKenzie, Twelfth Night Fest at Trinity Wall St.

Honestly, how often should we expect New York City's brand new mayor--Bill DeBlasio, a Park Slope Democrat--to go to the Met?

REVIEW: Emily Bonn and The Vivants, 'Western Addition' (Bandcamp)

Classicalite's Maria Jean Sullivan makes her case for the immediate download of this 11-track album in the high-quality format of your choice: MP3, FLAC, etc.

Why You Should See Greta Gerwig as Noah Baumbach's 'Frances Ha'...on Netflix, in 2014

Living in New York City, especially now in 2014, is an enormously expensive enterprise.

Classicalite's Top 10 of 2013: Eric Greenwood on Pop

"'Pure Heroine'" is a staggeringly accomplished pop record: Big, catchy choruses are underpinned with attention-grabbing starkness and wildly unorthodox beats." -- Eric Greenwood

Chicago Opera Theater Follows Success of ‘Orpheus & Euridice’ with Local Premiere of Duke Ellington’s ‘Queenie Pie’

Chicago Opera Theater will stage the Chicago premiere of Duke Ellington's only opera, 'Queenie Pie,' on February 15 - March 5. The company will also present a double-bill of Carl Orff's 'The Clever One' and Viktor Ullmann's 'The Emperor of Atlantis,' ...

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