You’re sitting on the subway train and suddenly one by one the musicians of an orchestra start playing their instruments until you hear a beautiful symphony. That’s exactly what happened during a flash mob of the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hungarian State Opera has dramatically tweaked the famous George Gershwin opera, setting it in a refugee camp in an airplane hanger. It's a far cry from the original African-American cast and US Deep South context.
With symphony orchestras and three opera houses, Berlin considers itself Europe's music capital. The exciting changes lacking in German politics can be found in the city's music scene, says DW columnist Gero Schliess.
Allegations of sexual abuse hit the American classical music scene over the weekend as reports of misconduct by conductor James Levine of New York's Metropolitan Opera led to his suspension.
With 50 million television viewers in 90 countries, the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's concert is the world's standout classical music event. The orchestra itself has seen its public image evolve in recent years.
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