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3:09 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

An Evening With Nico Muhly, 'Two Boys' And Other Works

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 2:30 pm

Opera audiences are well acquainted with all manners of intrigue — whether political, romantic or psychological. The exciting American composer Nico Muhly is updating that paradigm to the 21st century with his opera Two Boys.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge

Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.
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Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:43 pm

We love mothers for all the Hallmark reasons: for their compassion and patience, not to mention giving birth. But some moms aren't exactly greeting card friendly — and none less so than those who live in the opera house.

This is opera, after all, so we expect the outrageous. But operatic moms seem to be disproportionately portrayed as murderers, harpies or generally women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Your Normas, Medeas, Butterflies, Queens of the Night and Clytemnestras.

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Classics in Concert
6:40 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Spring For Music: National Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra gave the final performance in this year's Spring for Music Festival at Carnegie Hall on May 11, 2013. The program was of all 20th-century Russian music: Shchedrin's Slava, Slava; Schnittke's Viola Concerto; and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony.
Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 10:33 am

Program:

  • SHCHEDRIN: Slava, Slava
  • SCHNITTKE: Viola Concerto
  • SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5

  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • Christoph Eschenbach, music director
  • David Aaron Carpenter, viola
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Deceptive Cadence
1:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Do You Have To Nearly Kill Yourself To Become A Classical Musician?

Pianist James Rhodes.
Dave Brown courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:49 pm

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Live in Concert
10:57 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Ólafur Arnalds, Live In Concert

NPR

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:45 am

  • Ólafur Arnalds, Recorded Live At (Le) Poisson Rouge

How can music be happy and sad at the same time? Listen to Olafur Arnalds and you'll hear it. Depending on your mood, the tone changes, and a song that may have been uplifting one day sounds like an elegy the next. It's spacious, undeniably beautiful work. Much of the music performed in this concert, recorded on April 18 at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City, is drawn from the Icelandic musician's recent album For Now I Am Winter.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
2:03 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Nicola Benedetti: Tiny Desk Concert

Nicola Benedetti performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.
Marie McGrory Marie McGrory/NPR

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 6:33 pm

You might never tell by her youth or her warm and approachable demeanor, but 26-year-old Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti has already had an extraordinary career. Mentored by Yehudi Menuhin starting at age 10, Benedetti won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award a decade ago — and, really, that was just a warm-up.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:55 am
Fri May 3, 2013

The Chrome Depot

Pablo Helguera

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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Deceptive Cadence
1:03 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

What Do You Get Valery Gergiev For His 60th Birthday?

Conductor Valery Gergiev, who turns 60 today.
Marco Borggreve courtesy of the artist

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Classics in Concert
12:26 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Spring For Music: Detroit Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Leonard Slatkin leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie Hall.
Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 3:29 pm

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's performances at the 2013 Spring for Music festival represent a dramatic reversal of fortunes, and one that can only happen among modern-day American orchestras.

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Music Documentaries
12:23 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Tristan Perich On Q2 Music's 'Spaces'

courtesy of Q2

Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 1:11 pm

For the third installment of Q2 Spaces, we visited the home and work space of Tristan Perich — a New York-based sound, visual and installation artist whose music blends a composer's interest in acoustic classical instruments and electronic manipulation with an inventor's exploration into circuitry and computer code.

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