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Music from Latin America

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hear music by Afro-Cuban composer/conductor Tania León from a recently composed dance score, "Inura," on this New Sounds program.  León was born and raised in Cuba but her ancestry spans Europe, Africa, and Asia as well as the Americas.  Her score, “Inura,” is a vibrant and colorful work for voices, strings and percussion created for DanceBrazil, inspired by Candomblé.

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Operavore

Listen: Soprano Deborah Voigt Interviews Soprano Angela Meade

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Guest host Deborah Voigt joins us to interview soprano Angela Meade about her recent career milestones. And Voigt talks about her own influences as a singer.

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Metropolitan Opera

Strauss's Die Frau Ohne Schatten

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Today at 1pm, WQXR broadcasts the Metropolitan Opera's Die Frau Ohne Schatten, starring Christine Goerke and Anne Schwanewilms, recorded last fall.

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From the Top

Highlight Show: Recorded in Studio

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In this week's special highlights episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Corigliano, violin virtuoso Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cello master Janos Starker, and the great soprano Dawn Upshaw all share the stage with lucky young musicians.

Classics For Kids

Overtures

Saturday, February 15, 2014

This week on Classics for Kids, learn all about overtures. Some are attached to operas and plays and some that aren’t attached to anything at all.

After 18 Years Of Marriage And Two Children, A Couple Releases Their Debut Albums

Friday, February 14, 2014

Growing up in Denver, Rudy and Shamie Royston dreamed about moving to a jazz hub like New York. After a few welcome delays to teach and raise a family, they're beginning to pursue careers as performing musicians.

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Studio 360

St. Vincent Becomes St. Vincent

Friday, February 14, 2014

“I was reading Miles Davis’ autobiography and in it he talks about how the hardest thing for any musician to do is to sound like yourself,” the indie singer-songwriter says. “And I thought, ‘You know what? I sound like myself on this record’ and so I just self-titled it.”

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Your Songs: A Listener-Generated Valentine's Day Playlist

Friday, February 14, 2014

Listeners share their favorite songs of love and loss for Valentine's Day.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo On A Mission To Preserve Culture

Friday, February 14, 2014

South Africa's award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo are first and foremost a family. Members Albert Mazibuko and Babuyile Shabalala tell host Michel Martin what's kept the group together for 50 years, and share a bit of their signature sound. This segment originally aired Jan. 30, 2014, on Tell Me More.

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Grace Kelly On Piano Jazz

Friday, February 14, 2014

The then-16-year-old jazz phenom sings "All the Things You Are" and plays "Round Midnight" in a 2008 session with Marian McPartland.

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The Jonathan Channel

A Night on The Town

Friday, February 14, 2014

This weekend New York is filled with Valentine’s Day concerts. Here are our picks for a romantic night of music out on the town.

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Remembering The Radio Stations That Got Loud With 'Black And Proud'

Friday, February 14, 2014

Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio highlights a time when black radio stations were the only ones playing music by African-Americans. Host Michel Martin talks about the audio documentary with legendary music producer Kenny Gamble, who narrated the project.

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The Good Listener: How Do You Make A Platonic Mixtape?

Friday, February 14, 2014

How do you share good music without giving the impression that you're "trying to say something"?

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Because It's Never Too Soon To Survey The Year In Jazz, 5 Songs For 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

It may seem as if jazz recordings have slowed to a flurry, but it's more like a blizzard, with dozens already coming down in the new year. Hear highlights from a few albums worth shoveling out, by Archie Shepp, Edward Simon, James Brandon Lewis and more.

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Song Exploder

Baths - Miasma Sky

Friday, February 14, 2014

Will Wiesenfeld of Baths breaks down his song Miasma Sky, which came out last year on his highly-praised sophomore album Obsidian. Will talks about using the computer to intentionally destroy sounds, trying to find a balance in his music between...

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New Sounds

Love Songs from Around the World

Friday, February 14, 2014

Want a playlist for romance, curated by the whole globe? Here's an hour of lovely songs in Spanish, Portuguese, Cajun-French, Hebrew, Bengali, and multi-level Iranian love/devotional poetry. You're welcome.

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Studio 360

Skating in Sochi: Music Gets Low Scores

Friday, February 14, 2014

As the Olympic figure skaters in Sochi push the boundaries of what’s physically possible on ice, the music they use in competition remains stuck in a deep rut: a narrow band of Romantic chestnuts, with the occasional John Williams score and orchestrated rock medley ...

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Soundcheck

The Most Romantic Songs Ever: Your Picks

Friday, February 14, 2014

John Schaefer listens to some of our favorite nominations in our "Most Romantic Song Ever" project.

Soundcheck

Elizabeth And The Catapult: Sophisticated And Whimsical Chamber Pop

Friday, February 14, 2014

Since Elizabeth and the Catapult's 2010 album, The Other Side Of Zero, frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman stepped away from it all: She took up the guitar, busked in the subways, played drums with Kishi Bashi, and wrote music for films. But now, Ziman has reunited with her old bandmates for a new record, Like It Never Happened. Hear the band play its new songs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Studio 360

Beatles or Bieber?

Friday, February 14, 2014

They screamed for Sinatra, they screamed for Elvis. But the scream that erupted when the Beatles came to America and went on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 was like no scream before it, heralding the dawn of the youth culture frenzy we think of as the 60s. In Justin Bieber’s Believe ...

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