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Minnesota Orchestra Survives 15-Month Lockout, Announces Shortened 2014 Concert Season (Feat. Vänskä) >>

A new era in the history of the Minnesota Orchestra will begin next month, when the re-united orchestra will present its first performances in Orchestra Hall after a long and often bitter contract dispute that dragged on for 15 months.

Gergiev, Nelsons, Gilbert or Alsop...Who is the World’s Busiest Conductor? >>

Some interesting statistics, yes, from the U.K.-based music website Bachtrack. Every year, they compile the stats from the events they have listed, and the list for 2013 has Valery Gergiev as the world's busiest conductor. Andris Nelsons comes second.

Minnesota Musicians to Go It Alone, as Legislators Call for Corporate Heads' Heads >>

The Minnesota press are reporting that the much-beleagured players of the stricken Minnesota Orchestra will defy the fates--and the ongoing nasty industrial dispute--and play a starry 10-concert season. Meanwhile, local legislators demand resignations amongst the orchestra's corporate suits.

Franz Liszt Academy of Music Finally Reopen in Budapest >>

The Liszt Academy music school founded by Franz Liszt, the first piano superstar, recently reopened its main concert hall--refurbished under an ambitious plan to give the 138-year-old institution, and its music study program, a new lease on life.

Classical Pianist Jeremy Denk Awarded $625,000 MacArthur Genius Grant >>

Alongside the similarly lauded jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, classical pianist and writer Jeremy Denk wins this year's increased grant for his popularizing of the genre.

Steven Isserlis Swaps Cello for Editor’s Visor at The Strad >>

The great cellist assumes the guest editorship of The Strad's October 2013 edition.

Good-Looking Violinist Joshua Bell to Judge Other Good-Looking Contestants in Miss America Pageant, Live from Atlantic City on ABC >>

So, when Mr. Bell's publicists came next for the Miss America Pageant, apparently, there was no one left to speak, "Hey, Josh, this is probably a bad idea."

Valentina Lisitsa

Pearls Before Breakfast: If Valentina Lisitsa Plays In The Eurostar, But No One Knows It's Her, Did She Make A Sound? >>

Can one of YouTube's great musicians cut through the fog of Eurostar's London terminal? Let us find out.

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New York Philharmonic to Perform Magnus Lindberg's 'Kraft' in Volkswagen Factory, Free Webcast from Medici.tv >>

On Tuesday, May 14 at 2 p.m., Medici.tv will present a free, live webcast of the New York Philharmonic's concert at Volkswagen's Die Gläserne Manufaktur (that is, "Transparent Factory") in Dresden, Germany.

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