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Quetzal: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The East L.A. band's mix of old and new sounds from across Mexico and the U.S. will penetrate the intellect even as it makes your hips sway. The resulting sound inspires as much as it entertains.

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Q2 Music at the Proms

Tavener, Bartók & Shostakovich at the BBC Proms

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Beginning Saturday, August 2 at 7 pm, join us for Season Two of Q2 Music at the Proms – a seven-part series of live recordings from the BBC Proms in London, hosted by BBC presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

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Movies on the Radio

Music for Red Ponies

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, a pair of Red Ponies: Aaron Copland's music for the 1949 film, "The Red Pony," based on Steinbeck's book, and Jerry Goldsmith's music for a 1973 TV adaptation.

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New Sounds

Leave a Message at the Beep

Saturday, August 02, 2014

From the melodious inflections of phone messages, listen to a number of works sourcing voicemails, most from tape(!) on this New Sounds program. Hear Irish composer Roger Doyle’s “Memento Mori,” composed around intimate verbal time capsules culled from various answering machine messages of Doyle's family, close friends and partners, all of them recorded and preserved in the late 80's.

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From the Top

Boston, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 02, 2014

This week From the Top brings you to Jordan Hall in Boston, Mass., for a series of string performances, and one piano. The program features “The Lark” by Mikhail Glinka brought to life by a wonderfully musical 11-year-old pianist. We'll also enjoy some unaccompanied Bach performed by a very thoughtful Boston-area teenager and a teenage string quartet shares moving stories about the healing power of music in their own lives.

Classics For Kids

Mozart’s Life

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born in 1756, was performing all over Europe for royalty at a very early age. His music has been admired ever since. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about this incredibly talented musician.

Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Music Akimbo with Radio Deluxe

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Saturday morning at 10AM ET, join world-renowned musicians, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey as they spin their favorite records from all over the globe. 

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: The Ravishing Music of Gity Razaz

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Two compositions by the young Juilliard-trained composer Gity Razaz began the second night of the Ferus Festival at The Stone. The evening included a work for Jeffrey Zeigler for solo cello and electronics as well as a song cycle based on the poetry of Galway Kinnell. Listen to the entire show on demand.  

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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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Sam Friend On 'Song Travels'

Friday, August 01, 2014

Friend shares his love of New Orleans "jass" by playing "Sweet Lorraine" on six-string banjo.

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Fresh Air

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To James Brown, 'Godfather Of Funk'

Friday, August 01, 2014

James Brown is featured in the new biopic Get On Up. In '80s and '90s, Terry Gross talked with his biographer and two musicians who played in his band. And in 2005, she talked with Brown himself.

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All Things Considered

Out Of The Strings Of A Fiddle, The Melodies Of Cold, Craggy Isles

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Shetland Islands, a cluster of rocks in the North Sea, is an unusual place. Wealthy from offshore oil, Shetlanders are yet wedded to ancient traditions. And they play the fiddle like no one else.

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All Things Considered

'As Long As They Want To Play': Newport Jazz At 60

Friday, August 01, 2014

Since its inception in 1954, the event has survived rainstorms, genre wars and a few near-riots. Producer George Wein says it survives for the same reason jazz does — the musicians love to perform.

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Train On World Cafe

Friday, August 01, 2014

Train knows how to deliver the hits. In this live session, the best-selling band performs four songs in advance of a new album coming in September.

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5 Acts Not To Miss At Newport Jazz 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Newport Jazz Festival turns 60 this year, and NPR Music will be there for the anniversary. When we're not recording, we'll be checking out bands led by Vijay Iyer, John Zorn, Ron Carter and more.

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Alicia Keys On Piano Jazz

Friday, August 01, 2014

In this session from 2003, Keys plays one of her signature tunes, "Fallin,'" and joins host Marian McPartland in singing "Good Morning Heartache."

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Marcus Johnson Trio Offers A Musical Treat For TMM's Final Show

Friday, August 01, 2014

Six years after playing at Tell Me More's first anniversary, the the jazz group performs as the show closes.

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The Good Listener: Why Do Band Photos Look Like That, Anyway?

Friday, August 01, 2014

Folk-rock bands posing on hay bales. Metal bands in alleys with burning trash cans. Why are there so many tropes in press shots — and what are some of the secrets to getting them right?

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Soundcheck

Beth Orton: Eschewing 'Folktronica' For Lovely Acoustic Flourishes

Friday, August 01, 2014

Watch folk singer Beth Orton and her husband Sam Amidon perform songs from Sugaring Season in the Soundcheck studio.

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From Alt.Latino, Five Conversations With Latin Music's Finest

Friday, August 01, 2014

Los Rakas, Jorge Drexler, Viento Callejero and other musicians join co-host Felix Contreras to discuss their latest musical projects.

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