The Composer Who Owns Christmas

December 18, 2017

HEMINGFORD ABBOTS, England — It is the sort of English village that you might find on Christmas cards: a medieval church, a placid river, thatched cottages, swans. So it’s no great surprise that it is also where you can find John Rutter, a composer so identified with Christmas that he has all but earned a place with the kings and shepherds by the manger.

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The Sound of Music Through El Sistema Kenya

December 8, 2017

Over the years, El Sistema in Venezuela has developed into a social program aimed at helping disadvantaged youth through music instruction and has inspired music educators globally. For the teens in Kawangware, a slum in west Nairobi, the classes are something they look forward to each week.

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A Violinist as Riveting in Silence as in Sound

December 4, 2017

While Janine Jansen, 39, is a classical star throughout Europe, she is far less well known in America. But this season she claims one of the New York music world’s plummest prizes: a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, starting on Thursday, December 7.

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Hear the Surreal Instruments of the Met’s New Opera

October 24, 2017

To transform Luis Buñuel’s surreal, darkly satirical 1962 film “The Exterminating Angel” into an opera, the composer Thomas Adès added a few very unusual instruments to the traditional orchestra. Some of them have never, or only very rarely, been heard in the pit of the Metropolitan Opera, which will present the work’s American premiere on Thursday.

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Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!

August 17, 2017

The group rehearsing, the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra, plays instruments made entirely from vegetables. On this day, in addition to the squash and the snake gourd, it included two carrot flutes.

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Source: The New York Times