All stories by Ben Finane on BroadwayStars

Friday, August 10, 2018

Why Holst's Masterpiece The Planets Is Out of This World by Ben Finane

These famous tone poems remain a pristine introduction to classical music.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Looking Back at the Pianist Who Conquered Russia by Ben Finane

Texas-born Van Cliburn became an unlikely cultural ambassador during the Cold War.

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Friday, June 29, 2018

American Choreographer Mark Morris on Relationship Between Classical Music and Dance by Ben Finane

Hailed as the most successful and influential choreographer alive, Morris’s understanding of the classical repertoire runs deep.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pianist Olga Kern Talks Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Billy Joel by Ben Finane

The 2001 Van Cliburn winner reflects on her ongoing quest for new interpretations and sounds.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Pianist Murray Perahia Is a Champion for Tonality by Ben Finane

The musician discusses the pull of Bach, his love for Mozart, and editing the Beethoven sonatas.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Master of Early Music Jordi Savall Explores Its 'Magical Mystery' by Ben Finane

The musician talks about the power of music to transcend cultural borders.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Concert Pianist Piotr Anderszewski Talks Filmmaking, Warsaw, and Mozart by Ben Finane

The musician is currently touring in Europe.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Singer-Songwriter Rosanne Cash Reflects on Community, Geography, and Musical Identity by Ben Finane

The musician kicks of her spring tour at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts March 27.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Stresses Authenticity, Dedication and 'Daring to Be Personal' by Ben Finane

Mutter returns to Carnegie Hall for a March 4 recital, which includes the world premiere of André Previn's The Fifth Season for violin and piano.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

From Chopin to Rihanna, Megastar Pianist Yuja Wang Talks About the Music She Loves by Ben Finane

The pianist performs Brahms' First Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic February 28–March 3.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

An American Maestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Marin Alsop's View From the Podium by Ben Finane

Alsop holds forth on Americans versus Europeans, the enduring gender gap, and the evolution of the orchestra.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Virtuoso Mandolin Player Avi Avital Crosses the Border Between Folk and Classical Music by Ben Finane

The Israeli mandolinist discusses the rich history of his instrument, crossing genres, embedding nuance, and the artistic persona.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

PLAYBILL.COM'S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Follies Star Rosalind Elias by Ben Finane

Meet venerable opera singer Rosalind Elias, whose haunting performance of the Stephen Sondheim's Viennese-scented "One More Kiss" is adding texture to Broadway's Follies.

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