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Mali Music: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The singer-songwriter and musician performs with unabashed positivity and the sort of uplifting spirit that can faithfully be found ringing through choirs down South.

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Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A new opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon, best known for his adaptation of The Grapes Of Wrath, uses tiny moments to tell the story of a big personality.

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Lana Del Rey: 'I Don't Have Other People In Mind'

Saturday, June 21, 2014

On the new Ultraviolence, Del Rey remains a pop star with the power to elude and confound. "I'm so used to writing for myself," she says. "I do it because I feel like I have to."

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The Good Listener: What Makes A Summer Song?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

When do we know what the song of summer will be? Have we already heard this year's song? If not, when do we typically start to hear it? Why do the other seasons lack their own song?

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

100 Years With The Morehouse Glee Club

Saturday, June 21, 2014

In 2011, the Morehouse College Glee Club toured the U.S. in celebration of its 100th anniversary. This week's All Ears presents their remarkable Greene Space performance.

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From the Top

Seattle, Washington

Saturday, June 21, 2014

From Seattle, Wash., this week's program features a local teenage violinist delivering an emotional performance of the music of Ernest Bloch and teenagers from Chicago perform a thrilling wild and fun work for sax quartet. We'll also enjoy the broadcast premiere of a new composition written by an 18-year-old from New York City, an intriguing and ethereal piece titled Tropholingua, which means "language of plants."

New Sounds

Unexpected Covers

Saturday, June 21, 2014

For this New Sounds program, hear Antony & the Johnsons cover Bob Dylan, and the Unthanks cover Antony & the Johnsons.  There are other covers of Leonard Cohen songs, along with more Bob more Dylan covers, and the Unthanks take on songs by Robert Wyatt as well.

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Classics For Kids

Other Composers’ Water Music

Saturday, June 21, 2014

A lot of classical composers wrote pieces that describe rivers, seas and other bodies of water. You can hear these compositions this week on Classics for Kids.

WQXR Features

Soprano Jennifer Rowley's Road Trip Playlist

Saturday, June 21, 2014

With the summer driving season here, we've asked several on-the-go classical musicians for their road trip playlists. Our latest comes from the American soprano Jennifer Rowley.

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Tattletale Saints On Mountain Stage

Friday, June 20, 2014

The New Zealand folk musicians met in London and landed in Nashville, where they recorded an album. There, they recorded an award-winning album with producer Tim O'Brien. Hear a four-song concert.

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The Greene Space

On Demand Video: The Gloaming Live on New Sounds

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fresh from the release of their widely acclaimed debut album, Irish-American super group The Gloaming comes to The Greene Space for an intimate performance and conversation – and one of their only New York appearances of the season.

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Soundcheck

My World Cup Vacation: A New Favorite Team

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer may have the week off, but that hasn't stopped him from watching practically every minute of this year's World Cup from the cozy confines of his couch. Here's his latest missive about Costa Rica's win over Italy, France's win over the Swiss, and an M83 song that may convince you to travel.

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All Things Considered

Ian McLagan's Song For A Muse

Friday, June 20, 2014

The British rocker's wife was a driving force through his time playing with The Faces, The Rolling Stones and others. Years after her death, he still finds her in his songs.

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Fresh Air

Remembering Horace Silver, Hard Bop Pioneer

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Horace Silver died Wednesday at age 85. Fresh Air critic Kevin Whitehead says that Silver had been off the scene awhile, but his influence is as strong as ever.

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Drum Fill Friday, For June 20

Friday, June 20, 2014

All Songs Considered's weekly puzzler for careful listeners: Hear a series of drum fills (and intros) and match them to the song.

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WQXR Blog

Valery Gergiev is Top-Paid Cultural Figure in Russia

Friday, June 20, 2014

Valery Gergiev tops a new ranking of Russia's highest-paid directors of theaters, museums and circuses, published by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

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All Things Considered

The Rhythm That's A Way Of Living

Friday, June 20, 2014

The guaguanco is one of three rhythmic patterns that live under the umbrella of the rumba. It was once subversive and now serves to bring drummers and singers and dancers together.

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Soundcheck

Remembering Gerry Goffin, And His Unusual Partnership With Carole King

Friday, June 20, 2014

Because of the Tony Award-winning musical Beautiful, Gerry Goffin's name recognition at the time of his death yesterday, at 75, was higher than it had been since the 1960s, when he and his first wife Carole King burst onto the American music scene with a string of enduring hits.. Host John Schaefer looks back at the many hits they penned together. 

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Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

Friday, June 20, 2014

The most philosophical member of Top Dawg Entertainment in a Microphone Check conversation about Ab's high expectations of his audience and what he's trying to make for them.

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Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 20, 2014

The pianist shows off her compositional skills when she plays her own tune ("Hope Springs Eternally"), and she joins host Marian McPartland on "Someday My Prince Will Come."

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