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The World's Most Expensive Musical Instrument: David Aaron Carpenter Plays $45 Million Stradivarius Viola, Auction by Sotheby's in June

A rare Stradivarius viola, famously owned by Baron MacDonald of the U.K. in the 19th century, will be auctioned by Sotheby's this spring. Sotheby's has set a starting price of $45 million for the instrument, which is far and away the highest price ...

The New Singing Nun: Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia Wins Over J-Ax with Alicia Keys' "No One" on 'The Voice of Italy'

Singing nuns are everywhere, it seems. Sister Cristina Scuccia recently appeared on the Italian version of 'The Voice' and astonished the judges by singing Alicia Keys' "No One."

Tour Journal: Oh Honey's "Be Okay" Glee Premiere and the California Experience

I imagine most of these tours across the continental U.S. only warrant a mere look into a country almost entirely discovered and tramped. There probably aren't many that grant a unique look or interest into anything too unfamiliar.

The Column: Will DreamCenter Shanghai Really Rival Broadway and the West End?

So, apparently Shanghai is going to be the next big theater center in the world. New York has Broadway, London has the West End, and now Dreamworks is piling $2.4 billion into the Chinese city to make it a third entertainment destination to rival ...

Who Next for Minnesota Orchestra (Litton, Petrenko, Heras-Casado)...If Not Osmo Vänskä?

As is being reported, it's not yet a done deal for Osmo Vanska to return to the Minnesota Orchestra as music director. But who would be a good choice?

Olivier-Nominated 'The Full Monty' Musical Closes After One Month at Noel Coward, Writer Simon Beaufoy Petitions Producer David Pugh for More Time

In a shock move, The Full Monty is to end its West End run early and will close. The musical had gotten some good reviews and bagged an Olivier Award nomination, plus the previous musical theater incarnation of the hit film had been a success. The ...

How Did Child Singers Angelina Jordan, Amira Willighagen Learn to Sing Like Adults? By Studying at "YouTube University"

Before YouTube, it was unlikely that a nine-year-old would teach herself to sing opera, or a young Norwegian girl would learn to croon a jazz standard like Billie Holiday. But YouTube has become a repository for music of all styles and ethnicities, ...

Music Criticism Is Tongue-Tied, Says Daily Beast's Ted Gioia

A very interesting piece comes to us from Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast about music criticism, or rather its death, or rather its inability or unwillingness to use technical language or display, you know, any kind of actual knowledge. It's especially ...

March of the Spanish-Humming Conductors: Dudamel, Heras-Casado, Orozco-Estrada, Mattheuz, Payare, Mena, Kalmar...De Leon de Vega

In the wake of the success of Gustavo Dudamel, or maybe more accurately in the wake of the work of El Sistema scion Jose Antonio Abreu, there has been an explosion in the number of top appointments going to Spanish or Latin American conductors. ...

Burt Hara Resigns as Principal Clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Cites Management’s Lack of Vision for Excellence

Burt Hara, principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra for 26 years, announced his resignation last week in a letter to his colleagues. Hara will retain his current position as associate principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He ...

Tour Journal: Oh Honey Takes to the Mountains and Croons the Rockies

With SXSW having come to a close for our little folk quintet, the band and I took shelter somewhere in the solitude of the Rockies (scaling the Grand Tetons with a 15-passenger Ford and useless trailer attachment).

Moldovan Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja: "Art Should Be Alive"

But performing a piece that at times seems to require the violin to disintegrate along with the shuttle is not enough for the restless and questing Kopatchinskaja. For her 37th birthday later this month, she will give the premiere of her first violin ...

Happy 100th Birthday, Ralph Vaughan Williams 'London' Symphony!

A Vaughan Williams masterpiece is 100 this month. Has anyone noticed?

UPDATE: 'Mozart in the Jungle' Will be Made into a Web Series, Amazon Studios Announces

'Mozart in the Jungle,' the dramatization of Blair Tindall's tell-all memoir about sex and drugs in the New York music scene, apparently struck a chord with viewers. Amazon Studios recently announced that the pilot will be made into a 10-episode ...

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