The New York Philharmonic conductor stopped the orchestra mid-performance when a cell phone kept ringing. WCBS reports.
An international performing arts company returns to post-quake Japan. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
The dark-red velvet curtain rose in the opera hall in Tokyo's Shibuya district, as the opening strains of the orchestra filled the large space.
The lights come up on the stage. The red curtain parts. The conductor begins leading a large chorus, its resonant voices chanting, in Latin, the words of a poem: "Light, warm and heavy as pure gold and angels sing softly to the newborn babe."
Conductor Eric Whitacre shows off his project, leading a virtual chorus of singers around the world at TED 2011.
Michael Kepler Meo isn't nervous. As befits a singer playing a principal role in a major opera production, he suffers the last-minute adjustments to makeup, hair and wardrobe.
Michael Kepler Meo is carving out a career in opera, despite that fact that he is only 12. CNN's Casey Wian reports.
You voted for prolific 19th century musician Ludwig van Beethoven as the most iconic composer of the western world.
It is one of the most revered orchestras in the world. But members of the celebrated Berlin Philharmonic are almost as famous for their fiery individualism as for the powerful music they play.
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conductor, Simon Rattle on creating the perfect orchestral performance.
This month icon will be with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
CNN's Richard Quest asks singer Jose Carreras how he felt about being honored at Davos for his work against leukemia.
Given Nkosi, a rising opera star from South Africa, tells CNN about his rise to fame.
Armed with a powerful voice, young opera star Given Nkosi is one of South Africa's most promising singers.
In an effort to save classical music, Dale Henderson, plays Bach in the bowels of the NYC subway system.
Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland, dubbed "La Stupenda" by opera lovers, died Sunday at age 83 in her home in Switzerland after a long illness.
Sting reinterprets his greatest hits on tour and in a new CD called "Symphonicities." CNN's Denise Quan reports.
Sting is front and center at the Hollywood Bowl, belting out the familiar melody of "Roxanne," The Police's 1978 ode to a prostitute. All of a sudden, a cello solo fills the air. Within a few elegant notes, the image of a common street hooker is upgraded to that of a high-priced call girl.
Blind violinist Romel Joseph laid in what he called his "grave" for 18 hours.
A violinist who survived the Haiti quake gets a surprise from Stevie Wonder.
My cameraman is laughing at my face. Literally.
CNN got a closer look at the life of the colorful conductor Seiji Ozawa.
Seiji Ozawa is Asia's most successful conductor, a maestro in a quintessentially Western art form, and a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. But the affable 74-year-old is used to crossing cultural boundaries.
Lang Lang Revealed - narrated by Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock.
A young Venezuelan conductor is an unlikely superstar. CNN's Kara Finnstrom profiles Gustavo Dudamel.
He got a standing ovation before the orchestra even played a single note.
The Polish city of Krakow played host to a unique collection of some of the world's leading classical musicians on Tuesday for a special performance to mark the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II.
Not every classically trained musician has the gumption to interpret Michael Jackson on the violin. But German-born virtuoso David Garrett re-imagines "Smooth Criminal" with such fervor that you'd think Jackson had intended the song to be played by the instrument all along.
Chart-topping violinist David Garrett can play 13 notes per second. He shows CNN's Shanon Cook how.
Musicians from around the world met at Carnegie Hall to give the first performance as the YouTube Symphony Orchestra.
The YouTube and Carnegie Hall generations collided Wednesday night in New York City as a nearly sold-out audience looked on in amazement.
Coming up on Revealed in October.
"No one can explain the power of music; there is no writer, no philosopher, no musician, and certainly no politician who can describe where the music stops, it is not possible" (Valery Gergiev, CNN 2008)
Very few people who attended the performance of the World Orchestra for Peace in Jerusalem this October would have noticed she was there. But there she was, a petite woman with long brown hair, sitting in the middle of the audience on "nervous autopilot."
The call doesn't come very often, but when it does the answer is invariably yes. This week, 91 of the world's finest musicians will clear their diaries and fly to Jerusalem for a rare performance of the World Orchestra for Peace.
She is only 37 years old, but violinist Midori Goto has already spent 25 years taking center-stage with the world's best orchestras.
Midori Goto's love affair with the violin goes beyond the pleasure of playing to the way in which music connects people.
With 50 million children studying a classical instrument, China is poised to become a world force in Western melodies
Leading figures from the London Symphony Orchestra share their thoughts on Principal Conductor, Russian maestro Valery Gergiev.
For the most part, the audience won't see his snarling eyes but the menacing growl from the orchestra confirms they are there.
Myleene Klass takes a closer look at the making of new animated film 'Igor'.
Since receiving the Ivor Novello award for best film theme for his work on Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" in 1989, Patrick Doyle's compositions have been a sought after commodity in the film world.
Britain's rundown housing estates and deprived inner cities will be the setting for a new project that aims to use classical music to lift children out of the poverty trap.
At almost 8,500 feet in the Rockies, it can take a few breaths to walk up Central City's steep granite hills lined with Victorian homes, souvenir shops -- and an opera house that has served 19th-century gold miners as well as modern-day visitors.
The New York City Opera has commissioned an opera based on Brokeback Mountain, the 1997 short story that became the basis for a 2005 movie
Firefighters are called to the smoky scene as the roof of the Berlin philharmonic concert hall catches fire.
A fire broke out Tuesday on the roof of the Berlin Philharmonic's concert hall, causing thick smoke to pour from the modern building, police said.
A robot designed by Honda conducts a Detroit Symphony performance of 'Impossible Dream'.
Klaus Heymann may not know how to read music or play a musical instrument, but he has been attending classical concerts with his parents since he was 9 years old. Today he is best known as a successful entrepreneur, who is a classical music amateur.
CNN's Andrew Stevens talks with Klaus Heymann, founder of Naxos, in this edition of ''The Boardroom.''
From piano concertos to violin masterpieces, Klaus Heymann knows his classical music -- and the classical music business.
Soprano Hila Plitmann, from 'The Da Vinci Code' soundtrack, sings with the Atlanta Symphony at Carnegie Hall.
"The Here and Now" might well be subtitled "Redeeming Rumi." As if to save us from the new-age squish of much contemporary rediscovery of the 13th-century Persian poet's work, Christopher Theofanidis' 33-minute sonic salon is an exhilarating setting bound for a Carnegie Hall debut April 5.
After the New York Philharmonic's triumphant debut in Pyongyang, I was invited for a cup of tea and conversation with North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator.
A New York Philharmonic violinist sees her trip to North Korea as a lesson in family history. CNN's Alina Cho reports.
CNN's Alina Cho joins her family in Korea to rediscover their heritage and search for relatives lost during the Korean War.
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra is preparing to play a historic concert in North Korea on Tuesday -- but there is no word yet on whether leader Kim Jong Il will attend.
The New York Philharmonic Orchestra is preparing to play a historic concert in North Korea on Tuesday -- but no word yet on whether leader Kim Jong Il will attend.
Although the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival is in its fifth year, a first-time liaison with New York-based IMG Artists has fast-tracked it onto a new plane of potential.
The New York Philharmonic will step up its role in cultural diplomacy next year by becoming the first U.S. orchestra to play in North Korea.
CNN's Porter Anderson talks with 15-year-old composer Jay Greenberg at the Carnegie Hall premiere of his Violin Concerto.
As the interview is ending, Jay Greenberg sneaks in one of his goals for next year. "I have to learn to drive, as well."
Marin Alsop says the toughest harmony she faces this season doesn't lie in demanding symphonic scores or the orchestras who play them.
Luciano Pavarotti, the great Italian tenor who helped popularize opera in the 20th century, has died. He was 71.
An appreciation of the the Italian opera star, the primissimo tenor of his day, whose voice conquered the world
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night in Modena's main piazza to pay final respects to Luciano Pavarotti, whose vibrant high C's and ebullient showmanship made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since Caruso.
Famed opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who appeared on stage with singers as varied as opera star Dame Joan Sutherland, U2's Bono and Liza Minnelli, died Thursday in Italy after suffering from pancreatic cancer, manager Terri Robson said in a statement. He was 71.
Luciano Pavarotti died Thursday at the age of 71 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. I-Report contributors shared their memories of the famed opera tenor. Here is a selection of those stories:
A 'Golden Voice' silenced
Famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti, who died on Thursday at the age of 71, was one of opera's most adaptable and ebullient performers, appearing on stage with singers as varied as Dame Joan Sutherland, U2's Bono and Liza Minnelli.
Like the unnerving and richly voiced instrument in the movie "The Red Violin," Tuesday's release of the premiere recording of John Corigliano's "Red Violin Concerto" has a winding tale behind it. And it convenes its own formidable cast of characters.
On a Saturday night in January, 400 concertgoers have assembled in a high school auditorium in Newburgh, N.Y. to hear two soloists perform with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra: teenage violinist Madalyn Parnas and her younger sister Cicely, a cellist.
You know something's up when two of the highest-profile and most honored American composers of serious choral music keep getting onto planes and heading to England to have their work recorded.
Sometimes listening to the old masters is what you do while waiting for the recording labels to catch up with the new work you'd rather hear -- Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, John Corigliano, the racing majesty of a Jennifer Higdon "City Scape," the nerve-wracking beauty of a Roger Reynolds "Shattered Landscape."
CNN Financial Editor Todd Benjamin speaks to Tony Hall -- Director of the Royal Opera House -- about the art of management.
Few cities get a chance to build a world-class opera house from scratch with a stage and acoustics that are second to none, yet Copenhagen is one of them.
Hollywood star Will Smith made a whirlwind tour of Britain, appearing at three premieres in one day to promote his new film, "Hitch."
Airdate: December 4th, 2004
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The Kirov Ballet's . . . program ((includes)) a new ballet that will tell you where the Kirov men are. This week, 32 of them will be running up an aisle of the Metropolitan Opera House and yelling ...
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