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Improv Everywhere’s Pop-Up Concerts Bring Joy, Absurdity to the Streets of New York >>

Improv Everywhere describes itself as "a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places."

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.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Launches Innovative Video Magazine for iPad

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Launches Innovative Video Magazine for iPad >>

In its ongoing efforts to find innovative new platforms for presenting classical music, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam recently launched a video magazine, RCO Editions, available for iPhone and iPad. Each issue explores the life of a different composer and musical work, starting with Mozart.

"A Jesuit Must Be Creative" - Pope Francis Reveals His Tastes in Classical Music >>

During his first long interview, Pope Francis revealed his tastes in music, art and literature, confirming earlier reports that he is an opera fan.

Critics' Circle Music Section Hands Out Gongs to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Iestyn Davies and More

Critics' Circle Music Section Hands Out Gongs to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Iestyn Davies and More >>

The Critics’ Circle is the oldest critics' organization in the world and, to date, counts more than 400 members who work in the media throughout the United Kingdom.

Classicalite Recording News: Debussy Google Doodle Causes Upsurge in CD Sales >>

A rather lovely story from the good fellas at Google. Their recent Google Doodle marking the anniversary of Debussy's birth (his 151st, since you ask) was a hit for the classical recording industry.

Five Quickies: Il Divo on Broadway, Zach Braff in 'Bullets Over Broadway,' Chris Thile's Mandolin Bach, Verizon's Droid Mozart Ad, Brolin Family Rock Opera >>

And with the world's best musicians, singers, dancers and actors going back to repertory work after their summer stocks, there's more good news happening now than there was, say, back in August.

Salzburg's Mozart Distillerie Refines "Mozart Chocolate Cream" for 60th Anniversary >>

Do you like your Mozart sweet and intoxicating? Here you are...just don't drive afterwards!

Classicalite's Five Best: Luciano Pavarotti Recordings

Classicalite's Five Best: Luciano Pavarotti Recordings >>

Essential recordings from the much-missed great Italian tenor, as Decca marks 50 years of his international career.

Justus Frantz, Son of Righteous Gentiles, to Run Israel Sinfonietta

Justus Frantz, Son of Righteous Gentiles, to Run Israel Sinfonietta >>

The conductor and pianist Justus Frantz has been named the new music director of the Israel Sinfonietta, to take up his post in September 2013. He succeeds the outgoing Doron Salomon, who has been in the position since 2005 and has just led the orchestra through its 40th anniversary season.

American Baritone Thomas Hampson’s BBC HARDtalk Interview with Sarah Montague: Tough, or Just Stupid?

American Baritone Thomas Hampson’s BBC HARDtalk Interview with Sarah Montague: Tough, or Just Stupid? >>

The leading American baritone Thomas Hampson appears to have done his reputation no end of good (not that it needed much polishing, let’s face it) with a gracious and yet eloquent and robust defense of his art form on the BBC’s HARDtalk program. The television show espouses a confrontational house style and interviewer Sarah Montague had clearly been instructed to put Hampson on the spot about the popularity and expense of opera.

WQXR's Albums of the Week: Mahler with Blumine, Mozart at Home and Canadian Brass' Schumann

WQXR's Albums of the Week: Mahler with Blumine, Mozart at Home and Canadian Brass' Schumann >>

WQKR, one of Classcalite's favorite terrestrial stations at 105.9 FM, suggests three recent discs that offer a new spin on the well-worn: Mahler's 'Symphony No. 1' with its Blumine movement in tact; a pair of Mozart pianoforte concerti cut-back for the chamber; and Schumann's stuff transcribed for two trumpets, horn, 'bone and long-suffering tuba player Chuck Daellenbach.

Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Braid at 34

Gödel, Escher, Bach: The Eternal Braid at 34 >>

Despite the best efforts of would-be interdisciplinarians throughout Euclidean space and Cartesian time--from antiquity's Pythagoreans, to Leonard Meyer's Chicago cohorts of the '60s, to the acolytes of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Bloomington colloquia--music, science and knowledge, while certainly linked beyond mere coincidence or the occasional isomorphism, ultimately exist as three functionally discrete, fully autonomous endeavors.

Prize-Winning Pianist Boris Giltburg Actually Hates Piano Competitions >>

Competitions are for horses, not for artists, was the verdict of the great Hungarian composer and pianist Bela Bartok. And there is a part of Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg, declared winner on June 1 of one of the world's most prestigious and grueling music contests, that agrees.

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