Yo Yo Ma

The Art of Storytelling

Yo-Yo Ma speaks of artistic principles, Bach as universalist, deepening our perception andappreciation, liberal arts as continuous learning,and the unlimited creativity of nature.

By Ben Finane

Does Music Make You Smarter? Three smart guys — a psychologist, a neuropsychologist and a biologist — weigh in.

By Colin Eatock

Worth A Thousand Words

Our series of rare and revealing composer portraits.


By Ben Finane

music + life

Songs Without Words A piano duo recasts works for voice as instrumental fantasies on a nocturnal theme.

By Bradley Bambarger

A Simple Love Story

It’s no accident that Puccini’s La bohéme remains the most performed opera.

By Robert Levine

A Star in Kansas City

Missouri’s new arts center opens in spite of the recession.

By Brian Wise

Practice, Practice

Practice makes perfect, but not always.

By Arnold Steinhardt



Austrian Elegance Superior music and opera stagings at the Salzburg Festival.

By Ben Finane

Ten for Christmas

Listen picks ten of our all-timefavorite seasonal albums.

Madness, Thievery, and a Train Full of Dynamite

The story of Hans Rott, the greatest symphonist who never was.

By Jens F. Laurson

Satire in a Time of Terror

The prologue to Shostakovich’s unfinished opera Orango receives its world premiere in Los Angeles.

By Damian Fowler

Revelation at Lucerne

An installation, a concert and a swim later, our man from London at his new ears.

By Guy Dammann


Gustavo Dudamel offers a triptych; Anne-Sophie Mutter releases a box set; Vittorio Grigolo is the real thing; sonorous Rachmaninoff courtesy of the Latvian Radio Choir; explosive Schoenberg from Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic; the Jerusalem Quartet plays Mozart; a Gaubert ballet from the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra; The Sixteen return to Tomás Luis de Victoria; Stephen Hough plays Chopin waltzes; and Radio France Choir sings Thierry Lancino’s new Requiem.

Give Us This Book, Our Daily Book

By Daniel Felsenfeld


On the Road

In the Club

In London, a risky venue turns rewarding.

By Danielle de Niese