Atlanta Symphony Lockout: Donald Runnicles Speaks (Very) Frankly

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“The lockout is essentially the board and management punishing the orchestra … It’s a one-sided attempt to force the orchestra to its collective knees. It also paints the orchestra as this intransigent group of musicians. But in fact they have shown extraordinary willingness to come to a common agreement, as what happened two years ago proves.”

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Did Henry James Write YA Fiction?

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“In fact, James is every bit as concerned with innocence recoiling at adulthood … The difference is that James writes about women, instead of wild boys. The archetypal Jamesian character is a young American woman – Daisy Miller, Isabel Archer, Milly Theale, Maggie Verver – whose innocence is manipulated and ultimately destroyed by the forces (usually British or European) of experience.”

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Major Art Fair In Moscow Cancelled (Because Nobody’s Coming)

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“Art Moscow, Russia’s longest-running contemporary art fair, has been canceled this year because of international tensions and a virtually nonexistent local market, its founder and organizer, Vasily Bychkov, has announced.”

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Wonder Woman – And The Man Who Created Her

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“It isn’t only that Wonder Woman’s backstory is taken from feminist utopian fiction. It’s that, in creating Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston was profoundly influenced by early-twentieth-century suffragists, feminists, and birth-control advocates and that, shockingly, Wonder Woman was inspired by Margaret Sanger, who, hidden from the world, was a member of Marston’s family.”

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Bill Moyers Retires Again (He Really Means It This Time)

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“Bill Moyers has notified public television stations that his weekly series Moyers & Company will end after the Jan. 2 program. He made a similar announcement last October, but changed his mind in the face of an outpouring of support from his fans on social media. This time, however, “it’s the real deal’.”

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Labor War Over, Met Opera’s Army Mobilizes For Opening Night

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“The Met is an enormous operation – more than 1,500 people go to work there some days – and the weeks before opening night are among the busiest of the year. … A day spent backstage at the Met this week as the company prepared for its opening night on Monday provided a snapshot of the work, care and expense that go into putting on opera.” (includes video)

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Ivo Van Hove Rebuilds An Entire Theater For His Latest Production

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For his stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage, the director basically tore out the insides of New York Theater Workshop and turned the space into three separate rooms, each holding 60 people, which get recombined into an amphitheater.

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How Freud And His -Ism Came To Be Ubiquitous

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“Eavesdrop on a conversation and it’s likely that, sooner or later, a concept invented or popularised by the founding father of free association will pop up. Oedipus complex. Denial. Id, ego and super-ego. Libido. Death wishes. Anal retentiveness. … Phallic symbols. Projection. And, of course, Freudian slips.”

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San Antonio’s New Opera Company Debuts In What Was Once “An Opera Town”

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“Success. Happiness. Disappointment. Ruination. Renewed hope. Those ingredients help turn opera plots. They also could apply to the history of opera in San Antonio, which has experienced cycles of lavish success punctuated by periods of dwindling audiences, inactivity followed by revived interest.”

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“Painting Set Free” – How J.M.W. Turner Made Modern Art Possible

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There’s a story that Mark Rothko, after seeing a Turner exhibition at MoMA in 1966, quipped, “This man Turner, he learned a lot from me.” Alastair Sooke explores what Rothko meant.

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America’s First LGBT Jazz Festival Has Begun

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Jazz has generally been thought to be a somewhat homophobic field, notwithstanding such great musicians as Cecil Taylor, Billy Strayhorn, and Fred Hersch – who is a headliner at the inaugural OutBeat festival this weekend in Philadelphia.

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“It’s Not Literary” – Why It’s Such A Breakthrough For Alison Bechdel And Roz Chast To Be Getting Book Prizes

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Alexander Chee: “‘I don’t know how to evaluate this.’ ‘Shouldn’t comics have their own category?’ ‘This isn’t literary.’ As a frequent juror on prizes, colonies and fellowships, I am, it could be said, so tired of this, that in fact, I will fight you for Roz Chast’s right to be on this list. I will fight you for the right for Bechdel to get that MacArthur.”

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Danish Radio Disbands Its Chamber Orchestra

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“Denmark’s state broadcaster DR announced yesterday that budget cuts would see its chamber orchestra close in January. DR’s Danish National Chamber Orchestra or ‘Underholdningsorkestret’ – previously known as the Danish Radio Sinfonietta – will cease playing in January though it would appear DR’s symphony orchestra will remain unaffected.”

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How To Dig Yourself Out Of Your Sleep Debt

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“Sleep loss, researchers contend, works kind of like credit. Skip a few hours of sleep, and you’ll be all right, so long as you pay back the ‘debt’ in a timely manner. But when sleepless nights stretch on for weeks, or months, your sleep debt starts to accumulate.”

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Why Net Neutrality Is Important For Artists And Arts Organizations

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“Net neutrality is about how access to our society’s living archive should be governed. Do we want monied interests to be making that decision, or us, the users? The value of the web is how easy it is to share with anyone what we make; whether it’s a business, an artwork, or academic research.”

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Researchers: Here’s Why We Care About Original Art Work More Than Reproductions

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A team of scholars led by George Newman of Yale University argues that “art is seen as a physical extension of the self, and imbued with the person’s soul/essence.” That being the case, the researchers write in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science, “the original possesses an essence that cannot be duplicated.”

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Innovation or Invention?

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“What is the difference? For me, innovation requires a radical new understanding of some basic questions of your craft. On the other hand, incremental invention only extends what you already know.”

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If Theatre Is Going To Be Relevant, It Needs Better Technology

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“We need technology to be fully focused on how to improve the live experience. Like: Get me to my seat faster, make the actors more excited, give me stuff that makes being in the venue better. I don’t think live events are going anywhere. I’ve doubled down. This is my business and my life, but we’re becoming irrelevant because we have to figure out how to remain relevant in peoples’ lives. And technology is a part of that.”

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Philadelphia Loses 10,000 Maurice Sendak Items (Here’s What’s Really Being Lost)

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“Leaders from the Rosenbach and the Free Library of Philadelphia – the two merged in 2013 – are not surprised to see the Sendak material leaving. In visits with him in his last years, Rosenbach staffers heard him talk more and more about a museum and study center devoted to his life and work.”

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Why An Old(er) Lady Dances

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“I may not kick or jump as high as I used to, but I am a trained dancer with body movement memory, a sense of rhythm, an ability to get every routine and never miss a beat. Besides, I have a hell of a time doing it.”

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What Makes Good Acting? (It’s Not Objective)

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“If anyone tells you there are objective standards, they’re full of crap. This is a matter of personal taste. There are trends. There are many people who loved Philip Seymour Hoffman’s acting. But if you don’t, you’re not wrong. At worst, you’re eccentric.”

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New York Jazz Musicians In Poverty As They Get Older

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“The sad truth is that some of the most talented musicians in the world have playing at the most famous clubs in the U.S. and now, as they retire, they are literally destitute.”

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This Year’s Gramophone Classical Awards

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Here are the best recordings of the year as chosen by the magazine.

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Ai WeiWei’s Dissident Prison (Alcatraz)

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“Given Mr. Ai’s sharp critiques of the Chinese government and the tireless campaigning for freedom of expression that led to his own imprisonment in 2011, he could have included himself in the group portrait. He did not.”

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Butterfly Lands On Contestant In International Flute Competition, And…

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“As Ota played Pierrre Sancan’s Sonatine for the judges, a butterfly first landed in her hair and then settled on her left eyebrow as she continued to perform. Only a brief glance upward belied her complete concentration as the insect opened and closed its wings.”

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Who Killed “American Psycho”? Hungry Producers, That’s Who

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“Two veteran Broadway producers helped torpedo an Off Broadway theater’s premiere of the high-profile musical American Psycho and are now in talks to bring it directly to Broadway next fall.”

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Rob Ford Musical Will Go On, Cancer Or No Cancer

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“The mostly sold out production of Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation will open as planned Thursday night, regardless of Wednesday’s health update” that the embattled Toronto mayor has cancer. (They’ve changed the ending, though.)

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ABT Launches YouTube Channel

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“The current videos show interviews with dancers as well as discussions about preperformance rituals, competition in the ballet world and the need for perseverance in a dancer’s career. There are also behind-the-scenes glimpses of company classes and rehearsals.”

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Museums Should Have A One-Hour Daily Ban On Selfies, Says Arts Council England Chair

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Peter Bazalgette: “I’m completely in favour [of allowing photography in museums]. … Let’s allow it, but let’s have each gallery have an hour a day where it’s like the quiet carriage on the train.”

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