Live Review: Adams conducts Adams (SSO)

American composer-conductor John Adams leads the SSO in a concert of virtuosity, euphoria and good old fashioned fun.

'Pop up' string quartet on a plane goes viral

Nearly two million people watch Philadelphia Orchestra's impromptu Dvořák on a grounded aircraft.

Harold Shapero has died

Born April 29, 1920; died May 17, 2013.

Dvořák: Piano Quintet, String Quartet in F (American)

Daredevil Dvořák from a 20-year-old wunderkind and more subdued strings.

David Robertson extends tenure as St Louis Symphony chief

Alongside his Sydney Symphony appointment, the conductor's St Louis contract runs until 2016.

Jazz legend and classical composer Dave Brubeck has died

The pioneering jazz pianist, famous for Take Five, made classical music swing.

Live Review: John Cage Festival – Bang On A Can

November 2–3
Studio, Sydney Opera House

American composer Elliott Carter has died aged 103

One of the 20th century's most prolific composers, he showed no signs of slowing down in old age.

"I got into a fight with John Cage," says Bang On A Can founder

New York composer David Lang talks punch-ups and prepared pianos.

Want to perform John Cage at the Sydney Opera House?

John Cage Festival wants YOU to get involved in the composer's centenary celebrations.

Ten ways to fall in love with John Cage

Your guide to the life, music and sound world of America's great iconoclast composer.

Carlo Curley, saviour of Melbourne Town Hall organ, has died

The "Pavarotti of the organ" was the "catalyst" for the restoration of Melbourne's fine instrument.

What next for Elliott Carter?

At the age of 103, the US composer remains an incisive critic of modern life, nowhere more so than in car-crash opera What Next?

The American soprano Evelyn Lear has died

The Metropolitan Opera stalwart loved to play "neurotic modern heroines" most of all.

Are Australian orchestras ignoring homegrown conductors?

Delving into the "maestro myth": why are our best conductors overlooked?

Cameron Carpenter's spirit fingers

Don't be fooled by the “Liberace of the organ”: there’s a very serious musician behind the glitzy facade.

RAVEL, MESSIAEN, DUTILLEUX: Poemes (Renee Fleming)

The francophile American soprano brings her vocal powers to three French song cycles, including a new work composed for her.

French Impressions: Ravel, Saint-Saens, Franck Violin Sonatas (Joshua Bell, Jeremy Denk)

Americans in Paris: Joshua Bell and Jeremy Dank make a good impression.

Sydney Symphony names David Robertson new chief

The American maestro takes over from Ashkenazy in 2014.

May issue of Limelight on sale now!

Is composer Eric Whitacre the Messiah of new music? Plus, the truth behind Mozart's Requiem.

My 10 Desert Island Discs: Eric Whitacre

From Ligeti to Sondheim, America's choral music king chooses the CDs he can't live without.

IVES: Violin Sonatas Nos 1-4 (Hilary Hahn; Valentina Lisitsa)

Barnstorming beauties: Hilary Hahn and Valentina Lisitsa explore Americana.

Live review: Bernstein's Mass, Adelaide Festival

Critical Mass: Bernstein's masterpiece goes beyond politics and religion to humanity, pure and simple.

The 2012 Classical GRAMMY Awards announced!

Gustavo Dudamel and Joyce DiDonato head up this year's list of distinguished winners.

Sydney Conservatorium's new dean is bold as brass

The American tubist takes the reins following Kim Walker’s stormy exit.

Bernstein's "courageous" Mass for the masses

Is this controversial piece of music theatre a masterwork for our times?

The power and passion of Leonard Bernstein

Conductor, pianist, composer, teacher, legend... Leonard Bernstein is a colossus of 20th-century music. In exclusive interviews for the February issue of Limelight, his fellow musicians, friends and family share their memories of a man struggling to lead a dual life as composer and conductor.

BRAHMS: Works for Cello and Piano (Zuill Bailey; Awadagin Pratt)

Brahms's chamber music illuminated by two young Americans that could have been born to perform these works.

Jessye Norman to tour Australia

The legendary American soprano brings jazz and Broadway classics Down Under.

Esa-Pekka Salonen wins Grawemeyer Award

The Violin Concerto of 2009 wins its composer US$100,000.

Web master: Eric Whitacre's online music revolution

American composer Eric Whitacre's virtual choir has united singers from around the world.

Of Mice and Men: keeping the American dream singing

At 85, American composer Carlisle Floyd still has plenty to say about opera.

Opera Australia's Of Mice and Men: behind the scenes

As the staff of Opera Australia put the finishing touches on their new production Of Mice and Men, we went behind the scenes to see how the set and costumes are created, with veteran designed John Stoddart as our guide.

Home (Jane Monheit)

The album Monheit's followers have been waiting for, Home is a triumph for the American singer.

Booker Prize judge protests Philip Roth win

Controversy erupts over the Man Booker International announcement at the Sydney Opera House.

Farewell to American composer Peter Lieberson (1946-2011)

The husband and collaborator of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson has died of cancer.

DAUGHERTY Route 66, Ghost Ranch, Sunset Strip, Time Machine (Bournemouth SO/Alsop)

Iowa-born composer Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) has rightly been praised for his wild imagination.

Barber 100th Anniversary (various performers)

Samuel Barber was arguably the greatest American composer after Aaron Copland.
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