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Music Is The Mission, Not Money

Monday, July 08, 2013

The president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival, Alan Fletcher, delivers some trenchant words about the state of the classical music world today — and offers some hard-earned wisdom about how to navigate the us-versus-them mindset that pits musicians against boards.

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The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Conductor JoAnn Falletta, one of the strongest champions of American symphonic music, asks: Does a great American symphony even have to be a symphony?

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In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony? Join the conversation in our summer-long exploration of the American symphony. Who writes symphonies in the U.S. these days? And who hears them?

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Revved-up Vivaldi, Persian Bamboo And Soaring Spirituals: New Classical Albums

Sunday, June 30, 2013

From an intriguing East meets West merger to Vivaldi played with velocity, NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden explore a wide range of new classical releases.

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Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

Saturday, June 29, 2013

In the 1970s, the Boston Pops effectively turned the 1812 Overture into an Independence Day staple. The music director and executive producer of the orchestra's annual Fireworks Spectacular explain how and why.

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Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, Beiser stays tightly tied to technology. She takes the sound of her cello and runs it through loop pedals, effects and other electronics to make her instrument shimmer, drone and groove. Watch her perform at the NPR Music offices.

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The Wunder Years: Sloppy Johann

Friday, June 28, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer is heating up and so are dozens of classical music festivals all around the country. We couldn't possibly list them all, but here's a sampling of some of the best festivals, from open-air venues and seaside spots to historic concert halls.

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Meet the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

Monday, June 24, 2013

31-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton had a double win at the prestigious Welsh competition. She walked away Sunday with both the main prize and the song award.

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In Sharpness And In Tune

Friday, June 21, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

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Mozart's Violin Comes To Boston, Live In Concert

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mozart himself never made it to America — but his violin and viola recently did. Hear the full program and see an excerpt of the performances in Boston, thanks to a collaboration between the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Boston Early Music Festival and Classical New England.

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Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

From the sweet melodies by Bach to the quiet sound world of Morton Feldman, sample three fascinating new albums by today's top fiddlers.

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Wired: Come Hear New Music That Uses The Manhattan Bridge

Monday, June 17, 2013

Friday at 6:30 PM, come hear a singular world premiere at Make Music New York. A collaboration commissioned by NPR Music with artist Eli Keszler and drumming dynamos So Percussion uses the Manhattan Bridge itself as part of the music-making.

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Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

Friday, June 14, 2013

Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other. The great composer's violin and viola, which are only pulled out of storage in Salzburg about once a year, are in the United States for the very first time. And the magic they wield is undeniable.

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An Inconvenient Tune

Friday, June 14, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

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A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Composer Mark Adamo has made his mark turning classic books, including Little Women and the Greek drama Lysistrata, into operas. His latest, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, covers more sensitive territory, examining the titular figure's relationship to Jesus — outside the canonical Bible.

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Angélica Negrón On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Puerto Rican-born composer draws from ambient music, found sound and visual art, as well as the classical-music tradition. Watch Negrón show off her vintage keyboards and music boxes in the latest edition of Q2 Music's video series Spaces.

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Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

Monday, June 10, 2013

Doing the impossible, four members of the Philadelphia Orchestra turned a three-hour flight delay into something magical.

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Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Monday, June 10, 2013

Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of Ukraine, takes home the $50,000 purse, plus three years of professional management. But, he says, the rankings don't mean that much. It's interesting for the audience, Kholodenko says, but in life it's "not so important."

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David Finckel On The Emerson Quartet's Changing Of The Guard

Sunday, June 09, 2013

The quartet's new album of Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg is the last to feature the cellist and longtime member of the group.

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