See How the Met Built ‘Tosca,’ Its Biggest Production of the Season

Rome wasn’t built in a day. When the Metropolitan Opera decided to create a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca” true to the work’s Roman settings, the company’s army of artists and artisans started work nearly a year before its opening night, on New Year’s Eve.


See How the Met Built ‘Tosca,’ Its Biggest Production of the Season


500 Years Later, the Reformation Is Still Creating Music

The National Lutheran Choir performing Kim André Arnesen’s “Holy Spirit Mass” at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis.


Written by Brandon Woller.



500 Years Later, the Reformation Is Still Creating Music

MINNEAPOLIS — Lutheran congregants, I’ve learned, sing long and loud. They belt every verse of every hymn with all their hearts. And such was Martin Luther’s intent: that a congregation should participate actively and fully in worship services.

The Same Song Sung in 15 Places

The Same Song Sung in 15 Places: A Wonderful Case Study of How Landscape & Architecture Shape the Sounds of Music

“In each place, Müllner sings the same strange song: in a tunnel, an attic, a field before an oil derricks, the nave of a cathedral, and an anechoic chamber—which resembles the interior of an alien spacecraft and produces no reflections whatsoever. Sometimes the effect is subtle, inviting you to lean in and listen more closely; sometimes it’s outsized and operatic.”

Recording and Playing Machines

 “This exhibition, drawn from the collections of nine major cultural institutions gathered in the Europeana Sounds project, offers a selection of machines that illustrate a wide range of techniques and technologies.



This exhibition includes recording and playing machines such as: wax and cylinder disks, shellac and vinyl disks, radios and more.

Recording and Playing Machines

A World of Shared Ecstasy: How John King’s String Quartet Fuses Western and Arabic Music

Written by Adam Shatz

A new suite for string quartet weds Western and Arabic music with intelligence, integrity, and feeling.



“…The inspiration for Free Palestine came from the Old City of Jerusalem, which King visited in 2011 while touring with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He wandered into a Palestinian cafe, ordered a mint tea, and listened to the men around him…”


Read Adam Shatz’s take on John King’s “Free Palestine.”

A World of Shared Ecstasy