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Morning Edition

'Illmatic': The Making Of A Classic

Thursday, May 01, 2014

This summer Nas is traveling the world performing his debut album in full. The crowds that are coming out to see him are turning up because the 20-year-old record is an acknowledged classic.

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Song Travels

Song Travels Presents Christine Ebersole

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tony Award-winning actress/vocalist Christine Ebersole has been a stage and screen presence for more than 30 years. Her resume includes the musical Grey Gardens, the Broadway production of Oklahoma!, the TV drama One Life to Live, and FX’s American Horror Story: Coven. A recording artist as well as a performer, Ebersole presents a number of her favorite tracks, such as “Two for the Road” and “Shall We Dance?”

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The Great Russian Piano Tradition

Rachmaninoff's Homeland Inspiration

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Host David Dubal shares more on the life, compositions and pianism of Sergei Rachmaninoff.

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Fishko Files

Play-Along

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Music Minus One became an institution after WWII in a different America.  In this Fishko files WNYC’s Sara Fishko explored MMO’s product ---music minus the solo instrument (“your cello here…”)—during its half-century celebration.  

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The Takeaway

Saving Classical Music With House Parties

Thursday, May 01, 2014

A Boston-based startup is trying to attract 20-somethings to classical music. Groupmuse offers students and young professionals a chance to listen to live classical music performances in relaxed house party settings, including their own homes.

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New Sounds

Voice & Electronics

Thursday, May 01, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, listen to music for voice and electronics, including the latest recording from Brooklyn-based composer Jacob Cooper, “Silver Threads.” It’s a song cycle written for soprano Mellissa Hughes, in which he employs laptop like a folk instrument.  The text of the first movement comes from a haiku by Basho, and the following five movements came from asking five contemporary poets to write their own poems in response to the Basho haiku. Listen to Cooper’s setting of the original haiku, and one with text by Tarfia Faizullah.  SEE Silver Threads release show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 7.

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World of Opera

Comedic Drama in Mozart's Don Giovanni

Thursday, May 01, 2014

This week, World of Opera presents Don Giovanni from London's Royal Opera House, starring baritone Mariusz Kwiecen and sopranos Malin Byström and Véronique Gens.

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Morning Edition

Minya Oh: 'I Was Never Gonna Not Want To Listen To This'

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Then an intern, Oh gave Illmatic the highest rating in The Source magazine, marking it a classic. Today she's Miss Info and she talks about her review and making LL Cool J cry.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Pablo Heras-Casado Conducts Britten, Bartók and Shostakovich

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, hear Pablo Heras-Casado making his Philharmonic debut in a program of Britten, Bartók and Shostakovich.

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Operavore

Throwback Thursday: Jussi Björling (#tbt)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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Every Thursday on the Operavore stream we feature a #tbt artist throughout the day. Today, we throw it back to Swedish tenor Jussi Björling.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The New Mendicants

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Power pop super-trio plays Mercury Lounge tonight. Download "Sarasota."

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Soundcheck

Tori Amos Plays Live; John Turturro On 'Fading Gigolo'

Thursday, May 01, 2014

In a live performance, singer and pianist Tori Amos previews songs from her new album. John Turturro talks about the music that fueled his new film "Fading Gigolo," co-starring Woody Allen.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Len Graham

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fiona Ritchie meets the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for a song or three.

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Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The days of covertly toking before hearing Mozart are coming to an end in Denver. The Colorado Symphony has a new Classically Cannabis series, which is exactly what it says it is.

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The Julian Lage Trio On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hear the prodigiously gifted jazz guitarist perform songs with his bassist and percussionist, recorded live on stage in Morgantown, W.Va.

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Fresh Air

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Soundcheck

Beer On Your Shoes? Grime On Your Headphones? Get Your Music Cleaning Questions Answered

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Got beer on your shoes after that last concert? Wondering if it's time to part ways with some of your CDs from high school -- or finally find some proper storage? Need to get grime off of your earbuds? Music fans, it's time to do some spring cleaning. We get help from cleaning expert (and realist) Jolie Kerr. 

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Boy And Bear On World Cafe

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The folk-rock band, a chart-topper at home in Australia, plays a handful of songs in the studio.

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How Japan Came To Love Jazz

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

With this year's International Jazz Day concert taking place in Osaka, an East Asian historian (a musician himself) describes how the music came across the Pacific — and how it took off after that.

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A Jazz Journey Around The World

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On International Jazz Day, Alt Latino's Felix Contreras talks about musicians abroad who are heating up the U.S. jazz scene.

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