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Guest Conductor Macdonald To Lead Alabama Symphony Through Elgar, Etc.

(Classical Music, Birmingham) The hazing continues for prospective new Alabama Symphony music directors; this week’s guest conductor, Rory Macdonald, is one of the candidates. ...more...

N. Korean National Symphony Might Come to U.S.

(Classical Music, National) The North Korean National Symphony in America in 2012? Plans are afoot, apparently. ...more...

Feel the Anticipation: Vegas Philharmonic Debuts at Smith Center Saturday

(Classical Music, Las Vegas) In a little over 48 hours, the waiting is over, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic finally debuts their new home at the Smith Center. ...more...

Columbus Symphony is Playing for the Kids this Weekend

(Classical Music, Columbus) Just like Wu Tang, back in the day. The orchestra’s second 2012 “Concert for Kids” will feature pieces from Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Copeland. ...more...

Detroit Symphony Announces 2012-13 Jazz Programming

(Jazz, Classical Music, Detroit) The DSO’s 2012-13 Paradise Jazz series is remarkably strong, with Cassandra Wilson and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band among the headliners. ...more...

Cleveland Orchestra Gets Ready for “City Lights”

(Film, Classical Music, Cleveland) Guest conductor William Eddins puts the Cleveland Orchestra through its paces on Saturday the 31st, when the orchestra will accompany Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 masterpiece “City Lights”. ...more...

Joshua Bell Heads to the Delta

(Classical Music, New Orleans) Still the classical world’s nearest approximation to a matinee idol, the wildly talented Bell will play Brahms’ sole violin concerto with the LPO on March 30 and 31. ...more...

Celtic Fiddler Noble Joins Billings Symphony for St. Patrick’s Celebration

(Classical Music, Billings) Canadian fiddle wunderkind Sierra Noble joins the Billings Symphony Orchestra for a Celtic-flavored concert tomorrow evening, for – what’s it, St. Patty’s Day? ...more...

Bustan Quartet Makes Rare Stop in the Bay Area

(Classical Music, Jazz, San Francisco) The Israeli jazz/classical quartet will play twice in the Bay Area in the coming weeks, beginning March 22 at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley. ...more...

DSO Readies “Classical Roots” For This Weekend

(Classical Music, Detroit) The concerts on Saturday and Sunday will emphasize African-American spirituals; also, there’s a piece about then-Senator Barack Obama dancing on the “Ellen” show. ...more...

Von Dohnanyi Returns to Cleveland, Is Still Very Good

(Classical Music, Cleveland) The German maestro leads the Cleveland Orchestra through Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and some other things, this weekend; the first recital’s tonight at 8 at Severance Hall. ...more...

LA Phil’s Gershwin Tribute Screens Nationally Sunday

(Classical Music, Film, National) Interestingly, this one’s only playing in large, chain theaters, like AMC. ...more...

Some of Stockton’s Woes Will Be Soothed by a New Symphony, Hopefully

(Classical Music, Stockton) The Stockton Symphony tonight premieres “Conflict and Resolution”, an Avner Dorfman piece that the symphony commissioned last year. ...more...

Da Camera of Houston Has Ambitious Plans for Its 25th

(Jazz, Classical Music, Houston) Renowned concert venue Da Camera of Houston has a slew of remarkable offerings planned for this, its 25th season. ...more...

Classical Music for the Masses

(Classical Music, San Francisco) We’re getting beyond treating classical music performances in more causal settings like bars, art galleries, bookstores and dance clubs as if they were bold and exciting new phenomena. ...more...

Philly Orchestra Keeps Its CEO

(Classical Music, Philadelphia) The PSO will retain its president and CEO through 2014, lending it a stabilizing anchor as it continues to dig its way out of bankruptcy. ...more...

Pair of Chamber Rarities at Chicago’s Symphony Center

(Classical Music, Chicago) The orchestra plays Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” and Stravinsky’s “Soldier’s Tale”, with guests Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Kiera Duffy, tomorrow night at 7:30. ...more...

Grant Park Fest Turns 78, Still Learning New Tricks

(Classical Music, Chicago) The free festival kicks off June 13 in Millennium Park. ...more...

The Tune-In Music Festival Celebrates a Quarter-Century of Philip Glass

(Classical Music, New York) The celebration of Glass’ work kicks off February 23 at 7:30 . ...more...

Catacoustic Consort’s Second Candlelight Concert On the Way Saturday

(Classical Music, Cincinnati) The Consort plays a set from 17th-century Italy this Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. ...more...

Orchestras are Suffering Financially. Why is That, Exactly?

(Classical Music, National) An econ professor from Stanford takes a clear-eyed look at the teetering American symphony. ...more...

Houston Symphony Goes Multimedia

(Classical Music, Houston) Orbit: An HD Odyssey, conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, has its world premiere tonight at 7:30 at Jones Hall. ...more...

Minnesota Orchestra Breaks In New Auditorium, Conductor on Saturday

(Classical Music, Minneapolis/St. Paul) Associate conductor Courtney Lewis leads the orchestra through its paces this Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center auditorium. ...more...

Frisco Symphony Unsheaths Bruckner’s Fifth

(Classical Music, San Francisco) Herbert Blomstedt’s going to put the SFO through its paces tonight. ...more...

PSO Needs New Soloist, Is Soliciting Via YouTube

(Classical Music, Pittsburgh) Rosin up that bow, people, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra wants you to flex your skills via YouTube. ...more...