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Music@Menlo: More Than Just A Summer Festival

Music@Menlo Winter Residency program immerses students in music and more

Though the Music@Menlo festival each summer is the most visible aspect of M@M, there is year-round activity at the Menlo school. Watch Music@Menlo Winter Residency Program http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwbD0ABIgyU&feature=related

Classical music's fallen star

Like many before her, Hayley Westenra was a "can't miss" talent when she signed a contract at the age of 12 with Universal.  Four years later, she released the fastest-selling classical debut album of all time...but the life she led did not match the idyllic picture the marketers painted for the public. Read Hayley Westenra: classical music's fallen star (The Telegraph) Watch Hayley Westenra sing River of Dreams (adapted from Vivaldi's "Winter") http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMC30NE3tbo&feature=fvwrel

Vote for the 2011 Gramophone Artist of the Year

Ivan Fischer, Gustavo Dudamel, Lang Lang, Mitsuko Uchida, and Alison Balsom are just a few of the artists on the ballot for the 2011 Gramophone Artist of the Year honors.  You can have a say in who wins! Vote at Gramophone.co.uk.

The Wagners still reign at Bayreuth

Nike Wagner talks about her famous ancestors Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner, her family's friendship with Adolf Hitler, and the squabbles about where Bayreuth goes from here. Read The Bayreuth Clan Nike Wagner on Her Family's Past (Spiegel)