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Tom Huizenga

Tom Huizenga appears in the following:

Drum Fill Friday: Classical Headbanging Edition

Friday, August 08, 2014

In classical music, percussionists go wild with drums of all shapes and sizes. Can you guess which pieces spotlight the timpani, snare and bass drums?

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Ask Us Anything About Beethoven

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Author Jan Swafford has just published a Beethoven biography — and he's sharing surprising facts he learned while writing his book. See some here and join us Thursday for a session on Reddit.

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Meet The Cast Of The Met Opera's Labor Drama

Friday, August 01, 2014

Think opera plots are tough to follow? Try wading through the complicated action offstage at the Metropolitan Opera. Here's who's involved — with perspective on disputes that aren't new.

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The Great War At 100: Music Of Conflict And Remembrance

Monday, July 28, 2014

One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war's violence, some gives solace.

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'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Monday, July 14, 2014

From movies and musicals to hit songs, the French national anthem has been appropriated in many contexts. Are you enough of a Francophile to spot them?

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Book News: Famed Philosopher Accused Of Plagiarizing White Separatist Journal

Monday, July 14, 2014

Also: Joshua Rothman on Virginia Woolf; the winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards.

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A Voice Of Velvet And Bronze: Carlo Bergonzi At 90

Friday, July 11, 2014

A birthday salute to a famed Italian tenor who knew how to guard his vocal resources. Not as loud or imposing as his rivals, Bergonzi sang with elegance and intensity for decades.

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Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year's best songs.

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Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Watch the innovative musician play his mini Stratocaster of a violin in pieces that celebrate complex textures — and NPR News themes.

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Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler

Monday, June 23, 2014

To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in a musical puzzler inspired by warm summer evenings and the promise of romance.

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The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Know your "Marseillaise" from your "God Save the Queen?" If you fancy yourself a World Cup know-it-all, try matching the team to its national anthem in this musical puzzler.

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The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In the tradition of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, composers from Japan, Armenia and the U.S. paint colorful pictures by posing soloists in front of orchestras.

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The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Although his music is popular, Strauss remains an enigma to some and a polarizing figure for others. To mark the composer's sesquicentennial, here's a puzzler to test know-it-alls and tempt newbies.

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I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Like brides and grooms, wedding songs come in all varieties. Test your smarts with this smorgasbord of matrimonial music.

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Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, June 02, 2014

Watch the celebrated pianist play Bach's Two-part Inventions, which can zing with the speed of a sewing machine, or unfold slowly like a gentle aria.

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The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

Monday, June 02, 2014

The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.

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Asleep In Dress Blues: Music For Memorial Day

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hear evocative music about fallen heroes — from a symphony by the son of a Civil War bandsman to a song honoring a young Marine from Alabama.

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Iestyn Davies: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, May 17, 2014

In Elizabethan England, it was hip to have the blues. Watch the British countertenor mine the art of John Dowland's melancholy songs. He's joined by Thomas Dunford, "the Eric Clapton of the lute."

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Oprah Winfrey's Channel Calls Off Michael Sam Series

Saturday, May 17, 2014

OWN had planned a documentary series to feature the first openly gay NFL player in his bid to earn a spot on the St. Louis Rams. The network backed off to give him space "to achieve his dreams."

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Anonymous 4: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (But They're Doing It)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

After nearly 30 years, 20 albums and countless concerts, the acclaimed vocal ensemble has announced the 2015-16 season will be its last. Hear a preview of the group's forthcoming album love fail.

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