How The Met Opera Is Cutting $11 Million

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“We’re looking at every possible area, from vendors to scenery to rehearsal time,” Mr. Gelb said, adding that “nothing we’re planning will be noticeable, except to the people who work on the productions.”

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While People Make Viola Jokes

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“In truth, there are jokes about every instrument in the orchestra, and about the perceived personality of an average operator of that instrument. But the viola jokes are particularly numerous and omnipresent on orchestral stages, and there’s a reason for that.”

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Puzzlement: How Did A Hardcore Economics Book Become A Bestseller?

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“Somehow, ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ by Thomas Piketty has become a conversation piece among well-read people. Its graphic red-and-ivory cover is inescapable. Early in its launch, it hit No 1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and the paper version – a doorstop in punishing, heavy hardcover – sold out in major bookstores.”

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Is Working Class Talent Being Priced Out Of Working In The Theatre?

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“We’re creating an intern culture – it’s happening in journalism and politics as well – and we have to be very careful because the fight is not going to be there for people from more disadvantaged backgrounds.”

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Concerts Are Really Lucrative. The Recording Industry Is Dying. And It’s All Going…

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“The concert industry is far from dead. It is drastically changing, and Nashville’s live music scene is a microcosm for many of those changes. Not all of them, however, will be for the better.”

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A New Think Tank On The Future Of Orchestras

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“Andrew Balio sees the Future Symphony Institute as a first step toward creating a permanent orchestra think tank, perhaps sponsored by a foundation or university someday. Whether or not that happens, the Baltimore session promises to add fresh food for thought, starting with how the institute came about.”

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Why Being Wrong Is The Future Of Design

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It was a “major creative breakthrough for me—the idea that intentional wrongness could yield strangely pleasing results. Of course I was familiar with the idea of rule-breaking innovation—that each generation reacts against the one that came before it, starting revolutions, turning its back on tired conventions. But this was different. I wasn’t just throwing out the rulebook and starting from scratch. I was following the rules, then selectively breaking one or two for maximum impact.”

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Broadway’s “Lion King” Becomes The Top-Grossing Entertainment Of All Time (Including Movies)

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“That tally makes “Lion King” more successful than any single movie in history. The top film earner of all time is “Avatar,” weighing in at $2.8 billion.”

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Why All This Concern For The Future Of The Humanities?

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“Caricature aside, reflections on the role of the humanities in education and in society have recently entered a predominantly reactive, plaintive mode. This is hardly surprising, given the alarming decrease in funding for these fields, not only in the US but also in Europe.”

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15 Signs That Contemporary Dance Is Thriving In Texas

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“Although issues of sustainability, training, visibility and funding remain constant, there are some major signs of hope on the horizon. It’s also important for the State as a whole to develop it’s own identity.”

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Atlanta Symphony Cancels First Seven Weeks Of Concerts Amid Lockout

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“The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it will delay the opening of its 70th anniversary season, sending patrons a rather downbeat email announcing that it had ‘regretfully’ postponed all concerts… through November 8.”

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Protests Over “Death Of Klinghoffer” At Met Opera Opening Night (They Weren’t “Massive”, Exactly)

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“Several hundred protesters gathered outside the Met before the performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro for a noisy demonstration calling for the company to cancel its production of John Adams’s 1991 opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, which is to have its Met premiere next month.”

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Pa. Drama Teacher Fired Over “Spamalot” Controversy

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“[South Williamsport, Pennsylvania] school officials on Friday dismissed the show’s director after months of back-and-forth arguments – which drew unflattering media attention – over whether the [high school] principal canceled Spamalot because of the show’s gay content.”

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Disney/Taymor “Lion King” Is Now Top-Earning Title In Any Medium

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“With a worldwide gross of over $6.2 billion, The Lion King stage musical has now achieved the most successful box office total of any work in any media in entertainment history. … The show quietly took over top spot from the $6 billion-earning The Phantom of the Opera late this summer.”

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Fed-Up Riccardo Muti Quits Rome Opera

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In a letter to the director of the chaotic, strike-plagued, financially unstable house, the conductor wrote, “There are no conditions [there] to ensure the serenity necessary to my leading successful productions.”

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NY Times Public Editor Slams Article About Shonda Rhimes

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“The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was – at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.” (includes responses from the Culture Editor and the article’s writer, TV critic Alessandra Stanley)

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Alessandra Stanley Says She Meant To Praise Shonda Rhimes, She Was Just Being “Arch”

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“In the review, I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. … I didn’t think Times readers would take the opening sentence literally because I so often write arch, provocative ledes that are then undercut or mitigated by the paragraphs that follow.”

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Scottish Referendum: What Are The Ramifications For The Arts?

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“With culture already devolved, there was little focus on the potential impact of independence on the country’s artistic scene, with many artists simply focused on the wider picture. The fate of BBC Scotland was one of the few genuine talking points. … I suspect many artists will simply return to creative work and trying to make a living. The campaign is likely to have been a major distraction and an energy-sapping experience. Others will realise they have divided their audience by speaking out.”

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How A Combination Art-and-Housing Project Earned Its Creator A MacArthur Grant

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“Social sculpture” is the term that artist – and new MacArthur Fellow – Rick Lowe uses to describe Project Row Houses, which functions as both visual and conceptual art, social housing (notably for young single mothers), and art incubator and exhibitor.

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García Márquez’s Books Finally Get U.S. Digital Release

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“Vintage Books will release nine of García Márquez’s works as e-books on October 15th, marking the first time his books will be available digitally in the United States.” Not included are One Hundred Years of Solitude and No One Writes to the Colonel, which are published by HarperCollins.

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Actress Polly Bergen, 84

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“A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.”

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Alastair Reid, 88, Poet, Essayist, Translator

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“In his poetry, he was perhaps best known for his anthologised poem ‘Scotland’, which concludes ‘We’ll pay for it, we’ll pay for it, we’ll pay for it!’ and he was renowned as a fine essayist” who wrote for The New Yorker for 40 years.

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Paul Taylor Reveals First Plans For His Revamped Dance Company

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“The choreographer Paul Taylor startled the dance world earlier this year by reinventing his company as Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, which he said would perform his works along with those of other modern dance pioneers and contemporary choreographers. Now the new enterprise is coming into somewhat clearer focus” with the announcement of its first season.

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The Fox, The Hedgehog, And The Death Of Classic Hollywood

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Kenneth Turan: “Simply put, Hollywood has traditionally been celebrated as the fox, entertaining everybody by making movies for a wide variety of appetites and audiences. … Today’s Hollywood, by contrast, has transformed itself into the hedgehog. The one big thing it knows how to do is make sequels and superhero movies and sequels to superhero movies, all aimed at a young adult crowd with no end in sight.”

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Yo, What Fools These Mortals Be: When Plays Keep Reminding The Audience That They’re Plays

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Sir Isaac Newton, Chris Jones observes, probably did not say “yay” – except in a new play about him now running in Chicago. “That in itself is not a new idea; playwrights have been modernizing historical subjects and simplifying conversations for generations. But in [this case and others], the anachronisms are intended to draw attention to themselves. … So what gives with this trend? To some degree it’s a consequence of the Wikipedia-ization of our culture.”

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How To Build Arts Audiences?

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Join the conversation: Building Arts Audiences – live panel discussion with Kurt Andersen, NEA chairman and national arts leaders. Oct. 1 at 3pm est. #buildingartsaudiences

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Networks Are Desperate For A Laugh

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“Comedies have long been the ratings and profit drivers of the television industry, cheaper to produce than hourlong dramas and lucrative in syndication,” but “only 14 of the 82 prime-time comedies unleashed since 2009 are on the air.”

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Southern California Institute Of Architecture’s New Director Has A Plan, But He’s Not Talking About It

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“The idea that the next appointed director has one year to establish plans for curriculum and development is a very refreshing thing,” Hernan Diaz Alonso said.

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The Cost Of Exposing The Illegal Antiquities Trade In Utah

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“The task force wanted to send a message: The decades of impunity were over. Agents called the operation Cerberus Action — after the three-headed dog in Greek mythology that guarded the gates to the underworld.”

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