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The Call of the Wild: Animal-Inspired Art

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

There’s a reason why Edgar Allen Poe chose to write “The Raven” rather than “The Parrot.” Today: Surprising revelations from a new exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum that examines how animals have inspired artists from Claude Debussy to T.S. Eliot. Plus: Three new releases in our weekly Pick Three. And: A conversation with the Met's new Macbeth - Thomas Hampson.

Hungry Like the Wolf: Animals As Muse

There’s no relationship quite like the one that humans have with animals. Without a common language, we often project our own thoughts and feelings onto our creature companions. Now, a new exhibit at The Morgan Library and Museum looks at the ways that animals have inspired artists of all kinds – and includes some surprises about the work of Edgar Allen Poe, Claude Debussy, T.S. Eliot and more. The exhibition's curator, Clara Drummond, joins us to discuss the animal as muse.

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Pick Three: Julia Figueras

This week's Pick Three comes from Julia Figueras, music director and afternoon host at WXXI Classical 91.5 in Rochester, N.Y.

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Thomas Hampson: The Met's Macbeth

Five years ago, the LA Times named Thomas Hampson’s title role performance in Verdi’s Macbeth at the San Francisco Opera one of the “Best of 2007.” This week, the baritone brings his portrayal of the Shakespeare character to the Met for the first time. He joins us in the studio to talk about this role - and his other recent projects.

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Gig Alert: Michael Daves

Brooklyn Bluegrass virtuoso Michael Daves performs at Rockwood Music Hall Tuesday night. Download his version of the roots tune "Rain And Snow."

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