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GIFT GUIDE: Top 6 Classical Music Recordings to Buy in 2014 >>

It's too late now to order a classical music CD or DVD for Christmas, but why not take the New Year as a cue to freshen up your musical tastes?

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Announces 2014 Opera Season >>

The 2014 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence will unfold in extraordinary settings and historical venues, many of them open-air, in and around the picturesque ancient Provençal city of Aix.

Introducing Maestro Fabio Luisi, the Met's New Perfume Maker! >>

The Met's heir apparent launches his own perfume range.

Virginia Tech's OPERAcraft Brings Mozart to Minecraft, the Computer Game >>

The good students at Virginia Tech University have brought together the gleaming pixels of computer hit Minecraft and the glowing music of Mozart to create an opera, OPERAcraft.

Classicalite's Five Best: Composers You’ve Never Heard Of

Classicalite's Five Best: Composers You’ve Never Heard Of >>

We all know our Beethovens and our Mozarts and our Bachs. Some of us even know our Tippet and our Borodin and our Massenet. But there are dozens of composers who, though accidents of history or lack of political or media support or for some other reason are largely forgotten today, except among a few enlightened souls. But it's exciting to discover the new, even when it's very old. So why not take a journey of discovery, starting with these five.

Alma Deutscher, 'Ellen DeGeneres' and 'Today Show' Child Composer, is Not a “Little Miss Mozart” >>

Alma Deutscher, age 8, is a music prodigy who recently released an album of her own compositions. 'The Music of Alma Deutscher,' featuring her works for violin, viola and piano, was the best-selling classical album last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra App, RPO Rewards by Kodime, Offers Perks for Purchases >>

Despite its age, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (founded in 1946) has always been alert to innovation (and no doubt that attitude has contributed to its longevity). It was the first major U.K. orchestra to launch its own record label--albeit in a smaller way than today's much more common model, popularized by LSO Live--and one of the first to spearhead a really top-notch education program. And now, it's getting into the app market.

Katherine Jenkins' Fantasy Dinner and Cognac Fave, Raymond Blanc, Does Not Reciprocate Very Special Night >>

Distance runner, cruise ship crooner and all-around diva Katharine Jenkins has joined the famous chef Raymond Blanc to launch Martell new cognac's series Very Special Nights. But while she ranks Blanc as part of her ideal all-time dinner party, she fares less well when it comes to his choices.

Houston Symphony Welcomes Andrés Orozco-Estrada Amid Surge in Donations, Subscriptions >>

The Houston Symphony has a lot to celebrate for their 100th anniversary. As they ready the arrival of music director designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada--he'll conduct four programs this season--the ensemble has announced some excellent news on the financial front, as well.

Rufus Norris Replacing Nicholas Hytner as New Royal National Theatre Chief >>

No more bets, gentlemen, the most hotly contested position in British--and maybe world--theater has just been filled. Rufus Norris will take over Britain's National Theatre from 2015, when the (excellent) incumbent Nicholas Hytner steps down.

Osmo Vänskä Conducting Farewell Concerts with Minnesota Orchestra Musicians >>

Although he resigned as music director on October 1, Osmo Vänskä will lead the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra one more time (in two concerts) scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

New York City Opera Shutting Its Doors After 70 Years

New York City Opera Shutting Its Doors After 70 Years >>

In a tragedy worthy of opera itself, the New York City Opera has breathed its last.

Blind Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin Will Première Bruce Adolphe’s ‘Do You Dream in Color?’ with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra >>

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will present the U.S. première of Bruce Adolphe’s 'Do You Dream In Color?' Blind mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin will sing this work with the LACO on October 19 and 20.

Julia Fischer, Piano Prodigy Now Violin Virtuoso, Not Concerned with "Perfection" >>

"What I want is to play the very best that night, I don't want the performance to be perfect. That's a strange word for music anyway." -- Julia Fischer

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