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Langston Hughes Poetry Reimagined On Singer Leyla McCalla's New Album

Monday, February 03, 2014

Fans of the Americana group Carolina Chocolate Drops know the power of singer Leyla McCalla. She honed her musical talents growing up in New York City to Haitian-born parents. Host Michel Martin speaks with McCalla about her first solo album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes.

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Chamber Music Society

Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar

Monday, February 03, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features an all-English program of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar.

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New Sounds

After the Storm

Monday, February 03, 2014

Hear music from Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, inspired by Bossi’s mother’s recollection of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Carol in 1954 on this New Sounds.  Then there’s a musical warning from the Australian band Coolangubra, along with an excerpt from Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads.” Also, listen to music from Alexander Desplat and Benjamin Britten’s score to “Moonrise Kingdom,” where the pivotal scene takes place as a hurricane sweeps through the island off the New England coast.

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Exploring Music

Magnificent Magyars

Monday, February 03, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin delves into the rich musical history of Hungary, starting with ancient sacred music and working his way through Liszt, Kodaly, Bartók and Hungarian gypsy music.

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Pipedreams

Brass Tracks

Monday, February 03, 2014

Bold and brazen are the organ's trumpet pipes and the ensemble that pits its energy against the King of Instruments.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Philip Seymour Hoffman; Exiled from an Ultra-Orthodox Community; Profiting from Climate Change

Monday, February 03, 2014

We're so sorry about the news of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death. We're remembering him by re-airing a 2005 interview with him about the film "Capote." Leah Vincent tells us about growing up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and what happened when she was thrown of it. And we’ll take a look at how some countries and entrepreneurs could benefit from climate change, while the rest of the world suffers.

Soundcheck

Lawrence Brownlee: Elegant And Operatic Gospel Songs

Monday, February 03, 2014

Lawrence Brownlee is a major force in the opera world, playing leading roles rarely given to African-American singers. Hear him perform selections from his latest recording, Spiritual Sketches, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

From Russia With Soundcheck: Russian Pop Quiz; When Automakers Made Musicals; Tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Monday, February 03, 2014

In this episode: With the 2014 Winter Olympics kicking off in Sochi on Friday, Soundcheck launches our week-long series, From Russia With Soundcheck. First up, the editors from Russian editions of Rolling Stone and GQ help describe the state of the country’s pop landscape.

Then: The new book Everything’s Coming Up Profits digs into the golden age of post-WWII “industrial musicals” created by big American corporations. Co-author and Late Show With David Letterman writer Steve Young shares some of the Broadway quality songs composed for the auto industry in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

And: Lawrence Brownlee is a major force in the opera world, playing leading roles rarely given to African-American singers. The tenor, Tweeter, and Pittsburgh Steeler fan performs live in the Soundcheck studio, with pianist and arranger Damien Sneed.

 

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Anna Koroleva and Jump

Monday, February 03, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia.

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Music For Folks Who've Been Through A Few Things

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Shelby Earl worked behind the scenes in the music industry for years — until the late 2000s, when she decided to take the plunge and become a full-time singer/songwriter. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Earl about her second album, Swift Arrows.

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The Jonathan Channel

The 44th Annual Salute to Baseball

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Join us this Sunday, for The Jonathan Schwartz 44th Annual Salute to the greatest game ever invented - Baseball.

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New Sounds

"Indie Classical"

Sunday, February 02, 2014

For this New Sounds, take a listen to some music from the chamber group yMusic, playing Son Lux and a work by Judd Greenstein.  Also, music from Clogs, featuring Bryce Dessner and more in the vein of "indie classical."

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Spinning on Air

Best of Pete Seeger, from Beethoven to the the Folk Music Almanac

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Pete Seeger had a long association with WNYC. David Garland presents some Seeger highlights from WNYC's Archive, including one of Seeger's 1946 shows in which he sings, accompanying himself on banjo; plus music and interview excerpts from a 1986 edition of Dave Sear's Folk Music Almanac program. In addition you'll hear Seeger play Beethoven on banjo, and sing his own nine-minute lullaby, "One Grain of Sand."

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Sing Out: A Concert Celebration Of Pete Seeger

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Scott Simon hosts a special concert, recorded in 2005, with interviews and performances by Seeger and a cast of gifted artists. Participants include Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Natalie Merchant, Janis Ian, Holly Near and more.

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Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey. She is the first opera star to be asked. NPR's Scott Simon remembers how Fleming has performed under pressure many times, including when she sang "Amazing Grace" at the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11.

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A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Houston Grand Opera is presenting the American premiere of The Passenger, an opera written nearly 50 years ago about an Auschwitz survivor who meets a former Nazi officer on a cruise ship. The opera premiered to acclaim in Europe in 2010 — but its Polish-born composer never heard it performed.

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KCRW Presents: The Crystal Method

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Los Angeles EDM duo rose to fame in the mid-'90s on the strength of its album Vegas. Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland recently released a new self-titled Crystal Method album, the majority of which they recently performed live on KCRW. Watch "Over It," featuring Dia Frampton on vocals.

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A Major Oscar Dust-Up Over A Song From A Minor Movie

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The song "Alone Yet Not Alone" had been nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Oscars. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter tells NPR's Scott Simon why the Academy rescinded the nomination.

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The Jersey-Boardwalk Sound Of Nicole Atkins

Saturday, February 01, 2014

When Nicole Atkins sings, she sounds like Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin all rolled into one voice. Atkins talks with NPR's Scott Simon about her new self-published album, Slow Phaser, which was funded by fans.

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Song Exploder

YACHT - Plastic Soul

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Claire and Jona of the band YACHT deconstruct their brand new single Plastic Soul, a fun pop song about human suffering. They explain how technology inspired them musically as well as lyrically, and how they recycle bits of their old recordings to...

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