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Tom Huizenga

Tom Huizenga appears in the following:

Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Know your bird calls from barnyard bellowing? For Earth Day, test your ear at recognizing the animal sounds songwriters and composers work into their music, from funk classics to classical sonatas.

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A Visitor's Guide To Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion'

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Join tenor Ian Bostridge, conductor Ton Koopman and other singers, conductors and scholars for a guided tour of Bach's sacred masterpiece, first heard on Good Friday in Leipzig in 1727.

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Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Monday, April 14, 2014

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams, whose music is rich with references to and concern about nature, won for his orchestral Become Ocean. The judges said it "suggests a relentless tidal surge."

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First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The pianist, the composer, his tunes and her talent. On her new album Chasing Pianos, pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays the propulsive, evocative music of Michael Nyman's film scores.

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Joseph Calleja: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, March 24, 2014

He's a young tenor with an old-school style and all the world's top opera houses want him. Calleja's expressive shading and dynamic control hearken back to an earlier era — and he's funny.

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Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler

Friday, March 21, 2014

Are you brainy when it comes to Bach, or bamboozled? Know your cantatas from your concertos? Match your wits against the granddaddy of composers in this 'Big Bach' puzzler.

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Pitch Perfect: 3 Must-Hear Vocal Albums

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sample a trio of new vocal albums ranging from a blistering Beethoven Mass to ancient Russian Orthodox traditions and an opulent but overlooked opera from the dawn of the 20th century.

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How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler

Friday, March 14, 2014

Know your shamrocks from rock bands, crooners from composers? See how green you really are by taking this interactive St. Patrick's Day puzzler.

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A Kid Named Carl Stirs Up The Bach Musical Dynasty

Saturday, March 08, 2014

On the 300th anniversary of his birth, hear how music by Johann Sebastian's son Carl Philipp Emanuel bridged the gap between the old-fashioned Baroque and newfangled music by Haydn and Mozart.

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Robert Ashley, Opera's Misunderstood Innovator, Dies At 83

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The composer's operas for TV completely rethought the structures of the old European model for a new generation.

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First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'

Sunday, March 02, 2014

On his new album, the 29-year-old violinist finds connections between two seemingly disparate concertos by Jean Sibelius and Thomas Adès.

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Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For Valentine's Day, get to know pairs of lovebirds making beautiful music together. "It's always nice to be onstage and get a little alone time — even if there's an orchestra of a hundred and an audience of 2000," says conductor David Robertson, who is married to pianist Orli Shaham.

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New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

Monday, January 27, 2014

In this year's Grammy Awards, the classical music was as new as the pop. A jazz composer and a soprano captured multiple prizes, while the Academy recognized a performances by an adventurous American orchestra and a compelling young vocal group. See the full list of classical winners.

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Inspiration Or Embarrassment? Lang Lang And Metallica Teaming Up At Grammys

Friday, January 24, 2014

Both the band and the piano superstar know a thing or two about shredding. Perhaps these odd bedfellows have more in common than meets the ear.

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Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

One of the great post-World War II conductors, Abbado had a searching musical intellect that he employed in orchestral and operatic music from Mozart to Verdi to contemporary composers. He founded festivals and ensembles including the Lucerne Festival Orchestra — see them play Mahler's First.

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Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal

Friday, January 17, 2014

One diva brought another to the screen in this week's episode of the celebrated drama. New Zealand native Dame Kiri Te Kanawa appeared as her predecessor Dame Nellie Melba, an Australian singer in high demand in the years before and After World War I. Hear the real Melba in a signature role.

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Marilyn Horne: Opera's Agile Advocate Turns 80

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The famed mezzo-soprano has battled conductors, cancer and the rapid-fire music of Rossini and always comes out on top. Today, she devotes her time to helping young singers find their voices and build careers.

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Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, January 04, 2014

As a young girl in Vietnam, Van-Anh Vanessa Vo knew she wanted to be a traditional musician even though it was a world dominated by men. She pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons before he finally gave in.

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High Notes And Clams: The Best And Worst Of Classical 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A beloved conductor made a triumphant return, an opera singer took a stand and Walt Disney was reanimated by Philip Glass. It was quite a year in classical music, which also brought the closing of a prominent opera company and the continued silence of a major orchestra.

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NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

A guide to some of the most beautiful, thought-provoking and inspiring releases from the year gone by — from luminous choral singing to thunderous percussion to smart violin solos.

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