Imagine you’re a teenager in Beijing in the 1960s and ’70s, during the Cultural Revolution. Everything that’s deemed Western and bourgeois is banned — so listening to a 78 rpm recording of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, powerfully transformative as it might [...] more >>
‘I won’t be able to focus if you turn that off,’ a gazillion teenagers have whined at their parents. Is it possible that they’re right?
Is jazz for intellectuals? Punk for creative non-conformists? Country for hard-working, easygoing folk? How interwoven is our love for music with our personalities, really?
Most musicians have been encouraged to practice with a metronome at some point. I certainly was, more than once.
“Composers have always wanted to fondle the pieces that they love,” John Adams, of “Nixon in China” fame, said in a recent interview. They have long borrowed from their predecessors: quoted them, evoked them, effaced them, mocked them. They have [...] more >>
The sight of top athletes such as Michael Phelps or Serena Williams relaxing before a major event with a pair of headphones clamped to their ears is now commonplace.
A group of refugee performers is enchanting German audiences with traditional Arabic music, creating a cultural exchange and dialogue between newcomers and locals.
The Metropolitan Opera, the largest opera company in the United States, is struggling. Its ticket sales are way down — to 66 percent of capacity last season. Its general director, Peter Gelb, has had trouble with everything from labor negotiations [...] more >>