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Transcending Music In A Special High School Band

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Music's power to transform lives has been noted by ancient poets and modern-day neuroscientists. Our correspondent saw this in action at a New York school for students with disabilities.

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SNL Music Director Writes A Finnish 'Prescription'

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Longtime Saturday Night Live music director and sax player Lenny Pickett has a new album. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about The Prescription, recorded with Finland's UMO Jazz Orchestra.

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Spinning on Air

Father & Son: Tim & Jeff Buckley

Sunday, June 15, 2014

For Father's Day, David Garland presents music recorded by a father and son who both wrote beautiful, adventurous songs before meeting tragic early endings.

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Pipedreams

The American Influence

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The traditions of organ music may be international, yet American composers have found their own unique voices.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live from Ecstatic Music 2012

Sunday, June 15, 2014

From the New Sounds Live concert series recorded in 2012, the extremely talented genre-blind sextet yMusic performs new works by Richard Reed Parry & Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott.)  Hear some new works by Richard Reed Parry, including a piece for stethoscopes & yMusic.  Parry is a multi-instrumentalist with the Grammy-winning rock band, Arcade Fire, and the co-founder of the post-rock outfit Bell Orchestre.

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Orbison's Lost Tracks Included In 'Mystery Girl' Re-Issue

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl turns 25 this year. NPR's Scott Simon talks with two of Orbison's sons about the re-issued album and the songs no one has heard before.

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Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A classical virtuoso and an equally captivating flamenco player combine for a set of duets. Whether playing music by Bach or Peña, they're undeniably brilliant.

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Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Many jazz musicians got the music bug from their fathers. Find out what second-generation percussionists like Nasheet Waits, Ralph Peterson and Sheila E. say about their fathers' influence.

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Join A Nationwide Performance Of The National Anthem

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Today at 4 p.m. Eastern, everyone in the U.S. is invited to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." It's a Smithsonian tribute to the bicentennial of the anthem, a product of the War of 1812.

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From the Top

Wingate, North Carolina

Saturday, June 14, 2014

From North Carolina, this week's show features the return appearance of a From the Top alumnus who went on to win a top prize at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Movies on the Radio

Richard Strauss's Influence on Film Music

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Even though Strauss's music isn't cribbed by film composers as blatantly as music by Wagner and Stravinsky, the dramatic sound of Strauss's orchestral pieces has had a powerful impact in movies.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Late 20th Century Works from AXIOM

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ensemble AXIOM and conductor Jeffrey Milarsky's second concert of their 2013-2014 series, featuring Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas and others in Alice Tully Hall on February 27.

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Classics For Kids

The Story of Handel’s Water Music

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Handel wrote his Water Music for King George of England, who was also his boss when he was a court composer in Germany. The party at which it was played took place on a river and lasted all night. Hear the full story behind Handel’s Water Music this week on Classics for Kids.

New Sounds

Downtown Collaborations

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jason Treuting, the percussionist/composer -along with his mallets, sticks, and music - certainly gets around.   Treuting has made music with and for So Percussion, the Swedish folk-instrument wielding QQQ, the electronica duo Matmos, the Zappa-jazzy band Kneebody, and the guitarist/composer Steve Mackey, to name a few.  On this New Sounds, listen to music featuring Jason Treuting as soloist, collaborator, and composer.  There’s also music from multi-instrumentalist/composer Nick Zammuto, co-founder of the sonically and visually innovative duo the Books.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Film, Fatherhood, Music, and JFK's Unspoken Speech

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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All Things Considered

Jenny Scheinman Reaches Out To Her Father In Song

Friday, June 13, 2014

Scheinman says that since writing and performing The Littlest Prisoner's "Just a Child," the song has "really transformed" her relationship with her father.

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Jerry Dodgion On Piano Jazz

Friday, June 13, 2014

The saxophonist joins host Marian McPartland with "Isfahan" and pulls out his flute for "Ambiance" in a session from 2005.

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Guest DJ: Haim

Friday, June 13, 2014

We've invited the sisters of Haim to play DJ for a day. Listen to picks that showcase their influences and preferences.

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Soundcheck

That Wasn't A Hit?!?: The Isley Brothers, 'Shout!'

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this edition of "That Was A Hit?!?" we look back at a hit...that wasn't.  Although we may now think of The Isley Brothers' "Shout!" as a classic, it was never formally considered a hit. Writer Chris Molanphy tells John Schaefer why.

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Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Friday, June 13, 2014

The beloved musician had a slight frame, an almost feminine voice and a late revival after a promising start and years of neglect.

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