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Musical Interlude: Pianist Wows Passengers At Prague Airport

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A traveler wins fans in an airport terminal — and online — by playing different versions of Beethoven's "Für Elise."

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The Takeaway

Connecting The Dots Between Music & Academia

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

After just one year of music lessons, the reading scores of 9- and 10-year-old students from low-income neighborhoods held steady, while the scores of their peers, who didn't study an instrument, dipped. That's the finding of a new study from Northwestern University. 

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Read These While They're Still Free

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This summer, The New Yorker has thrown open the gates to much of its archive. Read these five classical music profiles and essays for free while you still can.

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Michael Feinstein's American Pops

American Moderns

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tonight at 7PM, join Michael Feinstein as he reflects on 20th century modernism, and how it influenced composers such as George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Oscar Levant and others.

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Meet the Composer

Free Download: 'Sabina' from Composer Andrew Norman

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Composer Andrew Norman wrote a series of nine miniatures for string trio called The Companion Guide to Rome each inspired by a different Roman church. Download the movement "Sabina."

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New Sounds

Female Voices

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hear music for female voices, very often layers of voice on this New Sounds program. Hear the New York- and Sendai, Japan-based composer Aya Nishina’s work, “Flora”, and more. 

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Soundcheck

How To Be Smarter About... Tour Riders; The Creative Power Of Musical Duos; The Rosebuds Play Live

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In this episode: We’ve all heard the story about Van Halen’s famous anti-brown M&M tour rider. But, what is a tour rider, anyway? Why do bands have them? And what happens if their demands aren’t met? As part of Soundcheck's How To Be Smarter About... series, Jack “Skippy” McFadden, talent buyer for Austin City Limits Live, fills us in about what he does to keep artists happy backstage.

Then: The idea of the “genius” has existed for centuries – singlular people who stand out for their brilliance or ingenuity in a particular field. But a new book aims to broaden that scope, and take a look at not the lone genius, but at creative pairs. Author Joshua Wolf Shenk talks about his book, Powers of Two, and about history-altering musical duos.

And: The Rosebuds got its start a little over ten years ago, and along the way, the duo -- Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp -- got married. Their 2011 album, Loud Planes Fly Low, chronicled the end of that marriage -- a breakup which, surprisingly, didn't break up the band. Since then, The Rosebuds has continued making music and just released its latest album. Hear the band perform songs from Sand + Silence in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fine Particles, Fine Art, Fine Food

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

On today’s show: industrial hygienist Monona Rossol talks about the dangers of dust and how we can protect ourselves! Gabrielle Selz on her new memoir about growing up in the art world with her father, Peter Selz, who was the chief curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA. Bronx-born Salsa icon Willie Colón talks about his career as a singer, trombonist, composer, producer, actor and director, as well as a civil rights, community, political and health activist. Chef and author Rozanne Gold shares her ideas for making the most of summer fruits and vegetables with simple three-ingredient recipes!

Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Vieux Farka Toure

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scion of Malian music royalty plays tonight at Highline Ballroom. Download "Allah Wawi."

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Soundcheck

How To Be Smarter About... Tour Riders

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We’ve all heard the story about Van Halen’s famous anti-brown M&M tour rider. But, what is a tour rider, anyway? Why do bands have them? And what happens if their demands aren’t met? As part of Soundcheck's How To Be Smarter About... series, Jack “Skippy” McFadden, talent buyer for Austin City Limits Live, fills us in about what he does to keep artists happy backstage.

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Live Broadcasts

Chamber Music Society Broadcast Cancelled

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tonight's live broadcast of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from Central Park has been called off due to the bad weather.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Salsa Icon Willie Colón

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

He's not just a singer, trombonist, composer, producer, actor and director, he's also a civil rights, community, political and health activist.

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All Things Considered

Album Review: 'Beware The Fetish'

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fifteen different musicians from five different ethnic groups have gathered to create music under the name Kasai Allstars. Banning Eyre reviews Beware the Fetish, the latest album from the collective, which hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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All Things Considered

'Calling All Fans': Korean Pop Invasion Rallies Americans In LA

Monday, August 11, 2014

Korean pop music, or "K-pop," is gathering popularity in the U.S. There's no better place to see that on display than KCON, an annual K-pop festival in downtown Los Angeles.

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All Things Considered

For A Bit Of Luck, Opera Singers Say A Melange O' Tois

Monday, August 11, 2014

In a new installment of the "trade lingo" series on All Things Considered, Michelle Hackman explains what it means when an opera singer spits and says, "Toi, toi, toi."

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World Cafe Next: Bernhoft

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hear two songs from the Norwegian singer-songwriter, who offers a fresh take on classic soul sounds.

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Fresh Air

At 74, Outlaw Billy Joe Shaver Is Still An Outlier

Monday, August 11, 2014

Billie Joe Shaver has just released his first new studio album in six years, called Long in the Tooth.

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WQXR Blog

Musical Surprises Await in Iceland

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iceland is full of musical wonders, as a trip to the country's oldest music festival, and its newest concert hall, demonstrated.

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Metropolis: 8/9/14

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hear this week's two-hour mix of EDM and house music, handpicked by KCRW's Jason Bentley.

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Soundcheck

Agnes Obel: Stark And Seductive Chamber Pop

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hear the Danish pianist and composer perform songs from her ornate and  album, Aventine, in the Soundcheck studio.

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