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Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence). Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to  many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Philip Smith — principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, former teacher of Wynton Marsalis and hero to brass nerds everywhere — is retiring. Hear what makes him so idolized.

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What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

And then perform a world premiere within just a few minutes? Watch the bliss-inducing results of this commission by NPR Music.

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear In June

Thursday, June 26, 2014

From unlikely marriages (J-pop and metal? K-pop and hip-hop?) to a case of intoxicated ecstasy, five songs you can't miss hearing.

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What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The sale of the most expensive musical instrument in history could be announced Wednesday. And it's a viola. (Will the viola jokes stop now?)

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Making Joyful Noise At Make Music New York 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What do you get when hundreds of musicians gather in Brooklyn to perform a joyful new song? Bliss. See photos from the event and watch a sneak peek of our Field Recording video.

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A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe. But the quintessential high-society dance has surprisingly indecent roots.

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On A Magical Mystery Tour With Hassan Hakmoun

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

When some urban explorers invited the musical adventurers of a Moroccan-inspired band along on a mysterious road trip, we just had to come along. We wound up at an abandoned mine in upstate New York.

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Rafael Fruhbeck De Burgos, Versatile Spanish Conductor, Dies At 80

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A week after announcing publicly that he had cancer, the widely beloved Spanish conductor has died at age 80.

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Coffee And Mambo With Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

NPR Music takes Mendoza and his band to a backyard in Austin for coffee and a brilliant mix of "indie mambo," cumbia, ranchera and psychedelia. From there, a little caffeine-fueled party breaks out.

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What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Two weeks after the initial furor regarding mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught's first performance at the Glyndebourne Festival in the U.K., we're still examining how women are valued onstage.

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Latitudes: The International Music You Need To Hear Now

Thursday, May 29, 2014

From feel-good anthems to the late Maya Angelou singing calypso (really!), here are five must-hear songs of the moment.

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Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A star mezzo shares forthright and inspiring thoughts about making a life as an artist. "You will never make it," she says. "'It' doesn't exist for an artist."

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First Listen: Gabriel Kahane, 'The Ambassador'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The composer and singer-songwriter's new album is a set of 10 vignettes about buildings in L.A. Throughout The Ambassador, Kahane speaks many musical languages fluently and beautifully.

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NPR Music Wants You To Play In A Massive World Premiere

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Join NPR Music in Brooklyn on June 21 to play in a world premiere of a new song we commissioned from Sunny Jain, the founder of Red Baraat. Here's the music to get you practicing.

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Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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In 2014, The Classical World Still Can't Stop Fat-Shaming Women

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Over the weekend, five London-based critics reviewed a new opera production — and each attacked the weight of one of the female soloists. Do they treat male vocalists the same way?

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Does Accepting A Rose Mean Losing A Career?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Soprano Sharleen Joynt made a huge splash on The Bachelor. The new edition of The Bachelorette, which starts Monday night, stars an aspiring tenor. But is reality TV too popular for opera?

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First Listen: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, 'A Long Way To The Beginning'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fela Kuti's youngest son brings the fury, funk and sweat of Afrobeat to bear down on financial corruption and other issues. Along the way, he finds grace, humor and plenty of good beats.

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Come Make Some Noise With Us In Brooklyn On June 21st!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

We're inviting brass players, percussionists and the public to come play in a world premiere written by Red Baraat's Sunny Jain at the Brooklyn Public Library, as part of Make Music New York 2014.

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Watch Bang On A Can Occupy 'Arthur'

Friday, May 09, 2014

Because why shouldn't Julia Wolfe and David Lang be bringing the Bang on a Can All-Stars to Arthur? Watch this short and totally charming clip.

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