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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season, New Composers-In-Residence

Riccardo Muti Names Brothers Matous & Simon Michal to CSO Violin Section >>

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti may still be convalescing following an accident that has caused him to cancel his February concerts, but that hasn't stopped him from announcing that Czech brothers, Matous and Simon Michal, have been named as the newest members of the second violin section.

Wallace Hartley's 'Titanic' Violin

Wallace Hartley’s ‘Titanic’ Violin Soon to be Displayed >>

Among the noblest stories re-told from the sinking of the 'Titanic' is that of ship violinist Wallace Hartley and his band's commitment to "play on" while the ship sank around them. What may surprise people, however, is that Hartley's famed violin is confirmed to exist, in reasonable condition, and will be placed on display at two 'U.S. Titanic'Museum Attractions in 2016.

Lipinski Strad

BBC Presents Doc on the Theft, Recovery of Lipinski Stradivarius Violin >>

Though many stories have hit the hearts of classical music lovers in 2014, none shocked people as much as the theft and recovery of the Lipinski Stradivarius violin. Now, BBC will broadcast a documentary called "The Lipinski," detailing the events which lead to this worldwide news sensation. The story begins with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond, who walked out of Wisconsin performances with the rare Lipinski Stradivarius slung over his shoulder. At this point, a man got out of a van in the parking lot, tased Almond and stole the violin. The Strad, which was made by a 17th- and 18th-century Italian luthier named Antonio Stradivari, is said to be worth $5 million to $6 million. The reason for this high asking price is because there are only about 650 left in the world. Days went by without a trace of the Lipinski Stradivarius, which was on loan to Almond. The Milwaukee Police Department and the FBI worked quickly. At a local news conference one week after the theft, Police Chief Edward Flynn announced that they had safely recovered the Lapinski Strad. They had discovered it, undamaged, in a suitcase in an attic. Two men were arrested, including the mastermind behind the theft, who pleaded guilty this month to felony robbery.

Philip Glass

Le Poisson Rouge Highlights Philip Glass's Bloodiest Film Scores >>

Le Poisson Rouge will be presenting “Glass & Blood,” concert works from the bloodiest film scores by Philip Glass. The New York premiere of this show with include new suites from "Dracula," "Candyman" and "The Hours" for violin and piano. Michael Riesman will be on piano with Chase Spruill playing the violin. Riesman, a multi-talented composer, conductor, keyboardist and record producer, has also been the musical director of the world-renowned Philip Glass Ensemble since 1976. He has had a long-standing relationship with Philip Glass and has conducted the Oscar-nominated scores "Notes on a Scandal," "The Truman Show" and Martin Scorsese’s "Kundun." This concert comes at a perfect time, with Glass’s score for the 1992 film "Candyman" recently being released on vinyl. One Way Static announced this long-awaited vinyl pressing and started sending out a limited edition of copies to anxious fans in late October.

Leah Flynn

[UPDATE] 7-Year-Old Will Play Violin for Peace in Ferguson >>

Leah Flynn, the 7-year-old who made headlines with her hopes to play her violin for peace in Ferguson, Missouri, has finally achieved her dream. Flynn has been invited to perform “Let There Be Peace on Earth” in Missouri to help bring a message of peace to the citizens of St. Louis, Ferguson and all viewers nationwide. Flynn, who lives in Sanford, Florida, received nationwide media attention when she publicly voiced her mission to play her violin in hopes of bringing peace to turbulent Missouri towns. According to her PR representative, she has received offers to perform by two Missouri media outlets. Flynn, only in the second-grade, has been playing the violin since she was 5 and rehearses daily with her father. She has performed as a soloist for many different concerts and venues. The young musician got the idea to play for peace after viewing the violence that was happening in Ferguson after the shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Itamar Zorman

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Violinist Itamar Zorman >>

Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, has been furthering his stellar young career with new recordings, prestigious bookings, and recognition, having received a 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant. As he prepares for his "Distinctive Debut" concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on November 5, he took some time to speak with us about his background and career.

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers to Release New Album, 'The American Masters,' Featuring Works by Barber, Corigliano and Mason Bates

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers to Release New Album, 'The American Masters,' Featuring Works by Barber, Corigliano and Mason Bates >>

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers will release 'The American Masters,' featuring works by Samuel Barber, John Corigliano and Mason Bates, on the eOne label on September 30.

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