Add a new one to the irate reactions triggered by incessant ringing of a cell phone: bringing one of the world's great symphony orchestras to a dead stop in mid-performance.
Jerusalem may be steeped in thousands of years of history, but the much younger Tel Aviv in Israel is increasingly a draw for culture lovers.
The Israel Chamber Orchestra performed works of Adolf Hitler's favorite composer Richard Wagner in Germany on Tuesday in the composer's home town of Bayreuth.
Can't wait for the royal wedding? Here's your essential guide to Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day.
"It's a young couple's wedding, and they should have what they want," says the musical director
The couple choose choirs, an orchestra, and Royal Air Force musicians for their ceremony
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.
Guest violinist Ann Sophie Mutter rehearses with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
For virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, only one violin can truly give voice to her prodigious talents -- her Stradivarius. And she likens playing it for the first time to meeting her soul mate.
This month icon will be with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mohammed Issa Matona is a man on a mission. A master of taarab music, Matona is also the co-founder of Zanzibar's Dhow Countries Music Academy, a school dedicated to preserving the island's traditional music styles.
CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on a Swahili form of music as unique as Zanzibar itself and the musician passing it on.
An ongoing musicians strike prompted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday to cancel this weekend's season-opening concerts, which were to feature guest violinist Sarah Chang.
Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have gone on strike over a substantial pay cut, raising doubts about several scheduled performances, including this Friday's season opener.
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.
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.
He got a standing ovation before the orchestra even played a single note.
A young Venezuelan conductor is an unlikely superstar. CNN's Kara Finnstrom profiles Gustavo Dudamel.
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.
The music isn't new, but the discovery that a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart "almost certainly" composed it is a stunning revelation.
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.
The United States Mint launched a new coin Tuesday featuring jazz legend Duke Ellington, making him the first African-American to appear by himself on a circulating U.S. coin.
Facetime with Abdalla Salem El-Badri, Secretary General of OPEC
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)
While visiting some European cities can feel like a trip to a museum, Berlin is vibrant and alive with culture. It has a regular program of lively events -- here are some of the annual highlights.
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.
Record the CNN Special Investigations Unit Classroom Edition: Notes from North Korea when it airs commercial-free on CNN. (A short feature begins at 4:00 a.m. and precedes the program.)
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.
A fire broke out Tuesday at the Berlin Philharmonic's home, sending thick smoke pouring from the crest of the iconic downtown building as firefighters and musicians rushed to save instruments
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'.
For most journalists, traveling into North Korea is like the holy grail of assignments.
In North Korea, most music is forbidden. CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports this weekend, 8 and 11 p.m. ET.
Christiane Amanpour makes an historic visit to one of the world's most closed societies. Sat. and Sun., 8 and 11pm ET.
Part 1 of orchestra conductor Benjamin Zander's view of the Spirit of Innovation.
For any onlookers it must have appeared a strange spectacle.
"How do live concerts, radio broadcasts and pre-recorded music complement each other in the successful marketing of classical music?
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.
From piano concertos to violin masterpieces, Klaus Heymann knows his classical music -- and the classical music business.
CNN's Andrew Stevens talks with Klaus Heymann, founder of Naxos, in this edition of ''The Boardroom.''
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.
An American orchestra performed a historic concert Tuesday in the communist state of North Korea -- one of the most secretive societies in the world. A group of 105 musicians made the journey to Pyongyang, but for one of them this trip was not just about music. It was about family history.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour takes an exclusive tour of one of North Korea's key nuclear facilities.
Music was the dominant theme Tuesday evening in North Korea's capital, with politics playing a persistent counterpoint.
North Korean officials have invited rock guitarist Eric Clapton to play a concert in the Communist state, a diplomat at the country's embassy in London said Tuesday
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.
The New York Philharmonic's historic visit to isolated North Korea may signal a new era -- but only in the arts, not politics
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.
Forget gifts for under the tree, this holiday season give something that goes under the sea.
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.
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.
75: The age of Abbey Road Studios in London where The Beatles and Pink Floyd recorded some of their seminal albums, breaking with the traditional recording techniques of the time. It was originally called EMI studios before changing its name in the 1970s.
Violinist Joshua Bell proves that art, like science, loves an "elegant" formula when Sony Classical releases his new Grammy-worthy CD on September 5: "Voice of the Violin."
Most people know somebody who claims to be "tone deaf." Now scientists in the UK are using the Internet to conduct the largest ever investigation into the musical listening disorder.
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."
Actor Will Ferrell shared one regret as he surprised winners of the State High School Play Festival.
Musicians including Chrissie Hynde, Mick Hucknall and Scottish band Franz Ferdinand will perform at a concert to benefit the people of Sudan's war-torn Darfur province.
THE HARVARD BUSINESS School class of '79, which gathered recently for its 25th reunion and invited FORTUNE along, is as star-studded as B-school classes come. It has eBay's Meg Whitman, Enron's Jef...
"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" has cast her spell on Paramount Pictures, which has signed a deal to co-produce a live-action film based on the Archie Comics character.
Providence may be 366 years old, but it's not the kind of city that sits around resting on its laurels. And neither are the people who retire here.
Open a door at an American workplace today and you may find one of them: the old-old, defying life's clock. In a culture that all too often extols young workers at the expense of seasoned elders, t...
The ten-disk New York Philharmonic: The Historic Broadcasts, 1923 to 1987 (New York Philharmonic Special Editions, 800-557-8268) features the era's greatest conductors and soloists--and some truly ...
When it comes to picking a place to live, you laid down the law: Safety is your top concern in 1996, catapulting over last year's first and second priorities: clean water and clean air. This spring...
EUREKA, CALIFORNIA -- A cellist quit the Eureka Symphony Orchestra rather than perform a work she said encourages the killing of wolves: Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. Symphony officials said the....
America's wallet is getting lumpy, not with cash but with telephone calling cards. At least 15 different kinds are now available. In May, Western Union Financial Services began selling a disposable...
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