music

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Violinist Camilla Urso “stood on the stage like a statue on fire,” in the words of writer Theodore Tilton.

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Theaters

An Opera of Love Songs to Science

by Allison Meier on April 14, 2016

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“Maybe there’s a physicist sitting right beside you, who can explain this better than we do, but we’re in the business of art, so we’ll make a metaphor,” sings Hai-Ting Chinn in Science Fair: An Opera With Experiments.

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When French colonial forces pulled out of Guinea following its declaration of independence in 1958, they notoriously even took the lightbulbs.

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Museums

Playing with Time on a Gilded Age Piano

by Allison Meier on February 12, 2016

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George A. Schastey had one of the most popular design firms among New York City’s Gilded Age elite, but now his work is barely known.

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With hair flying and faces contorted in expressions between joy and agony, the heavy metal fans captured by Danish photographer Jacob Ehrbahn are a frenzy of movement in saturated color.

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Theaters

Dancing Around the Issue of Surveillance

by Allison Meier on November 23, 2015

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Audiences entering the black box space of BAM Fisher in Brooklyn for More up a Tree found a transparent room containing a man sprawled on his back, and a woman nervously pacing.

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Late at night in Great Britain’s National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, some of the world’s oldest computers awoke from mechanical slumber.

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BERLIN — The exhibition And away with the minutes spins like a rococo confection around the prolific noise music projects of the legendary and influential German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a special summer guest: the world’s oldest known cello.

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Articles

A Song That Will Outlive Us All

by Allison Meier on June 25, 2015

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Longplayer is designed to play for a thousand years, which means the composition must outlast technology and catastrophes, and be carried on by generations not yet born.

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