A Sale Is Booming: Rare Stradivarius Drums Up For Auction

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A pair of timpani — the only ones crafted by legendary viola and violin maker Antonio Stradivari — go on sale today in New York. Bidding on the two drums might go well into eight figures.


The Bachelors Of Opera

Thursday, March 05, 2015

There are plenty of single men in opera, but would you really want to date them? Try separating the dudes from the duds in this puzzler.


Watch A Sweet Little Butterfly Nearly Crush A Woman's Hopes And Dreams

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

But flutist Yukie Ota didn't let a little insect throw her off her game at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition.


Enigmatic Endings: A Farewell To Summer Quiz

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations.


Masters And Disasters: The Met Opera Quiz

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera's labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America's largest performing arts organization.


'La Marseillaise' Unmasked: A Bastille Day Puzzler

Monday, July 14, 2014

From movies and musicals to hit songs, the French national anthem has been appropriated in many contexts. Are you enough of a Francophile to spot them?


Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler

Monday, June 23, 2014

To mark the changing of the season, test your ears in a musical puzzler inspired by warm summer evenings and the promise of romance.


The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Know your "Marseillaise" from your "God Save the Queen?" If you fancy yourself a World Cup know-it-all, try matching the team to its national anthem in this musical puzzler.


Mothers Of Intervention: The Operatic Moms Puzzler

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Mothers in opera tend to be, well, operatic — stressed, dramatic, expressive. Try identifying the manic moms in this Mother's Day puzzler.


Pet Sounds: The NPR Music Critter Quiz

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Know your bird calls from barnyard bellowing? For Earth Day, test your ear at recognizing the animal sounds songwriters and composers work into their music, from funk classics to classical sonatas.


Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

What is a concertmaster? The orchestra's lead violinist who plays all those tricky solos. Test your knowledge of fiddling against Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony.


Valkyries Ride All Night To Save Opera Company

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Get Richard or die trying: For one opera company, it's go big or go home. In Texas, Rio Grande Opera is performing Wagner's epic Ring operas back to back and over and over until $8 million is raised.


Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler

Friday, March 21, 2014

Are you brainy when it comes to Bach, or bamboozled? Know your cantatas from your concertos? Match your wits against the granddaddy of composers in this 'Big Bach' puzzler.


Bless You!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A slapstick 18 seconds for your day, when a trombonist fights back a sneeze mid-performance — and fails miserably.


How Irish Are You? A St. Paddy's Day Puzzler

Friday, March 14, 2014

Know your shamrocks from rock bands, crooners from composers? See how green you really are by taking this interactive St. Patrick's Day puzzler.


In The 'Puppy Bowl,' Bach Goes To The Dogs

Friday, January 31, 2014

This Sunday's Puppy Bowl X is the first to feature a fantasy game. We've drafted a team that includes a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bach — and two other pups with classical connections.


Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store

Monday, January 27, 2014

If only all trips to IKEA could be so lifted by live performances of great music, such as this joyful smidgen of Beethoven from members of the Detroit Symphony.


Marilyn Horne: Opera's Agile Advocate Turns 80

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The famed mezzo-soprano has battled conductors, cancer and the rapid-fire music of Rossini and always comes out on top. Today, she devotes her time to helping young singers find their voices and build careers.

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Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has brought one of Leonardo da Vinci's lesser-known inventions to life. He spent almost four years building the "viola organista" — a unique musical instrument that looks like a piano but sounds like a quartet of string instruments.


Music For The Bisontennial

Friday, September 06, 2013

Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.