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7:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Amateur Musicians Go Pro With The Baltimore Symphony

Tanesha Mitchell, one of 80 amateur musicians who participated in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Academy Week, describes the experience as life-changing.
Richard Anderson Photography

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 11:50 am

What would it sound like if you put a bunch of amateur musicians onstage with a professional orchestra and told them to play? Probably a bit like a rehearsal at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore last month.

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5:23 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

The Rifleman Who Fiddled For Truman, Churchill And Stalin

Photo from The Rifleman's Violin, directed by Sam Ball, Copyright Citizen Film 2015.
Citizen Film

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:39 pm

Seventy years ago, shortly after defeating Nazi Germany, three victorious leaders met in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. President Harry Truman was there with British and Soviet leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Stuart Canin was also there — he was a 19-year-old GI from New York City who played the violin.

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3:41 pm
Mon July 13, 2015

Jon Vickers, Opera Singer Known As 'God's Tenor,' Has Died

Originally published on Sun July 12, 2015 5:55 pm

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It's hard for me to believe a voice like this could ever go silent.


JON VICKERS: (Singing in foreign language).

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5:06 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Simone Dinnerstein On A Trip To Cuba And Making Music Out Of Difficulty

Dinnerstein's performance in Cuba followed the release of Broadway-Lafayette, an album of piano concertos.
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 9:52 am

Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein is just back from Havana, where she performed with Cuba's National Youth Orchestra. She is also working with young people back in her hometown, New York. One of her goals? To introduce students to the composer she's best known for performing — Johann Sebastian Bach. She's taking digital pianos into public schools in a program she calls "Bach-packing."

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9:56 am
Thu July 2, 2015

Jazz Lives At Duke Ellington's Resting Place

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra play an Exquisite Corpse at Woodlawn Cemetery as part of Make Music New York on June 21, 2015.
Polina Yamshchikov NPR

Each June 21, the one-day Make Music New York festival (MMNY) celebrates not just sound but community. It's a summer solstice gathering of the tribes for music makers and music lovers alike, with more than 1200 outdoor concerts across the five boroughs running from morning till night.

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7:58 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Dead, Agents Say

Composer James Horner, seen here at a movie premiere in 2012, is believed to have died in a plane crash.
Gareth Cattermole Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 11:38 pm

Update: 11:30 p.m. ET

In a statement Tuesday night, the talent agency that represented Horner mourned "the tragic passing of our dear colleague."

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11:53 am
Wed June 24, 2015

My Friend, Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman at his 85th birthday party in March 2015.
John Rogers for NPR

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 2:22 pm

John Rogers is a photographer living in New York City who specializes in jazz. A few weeks ago, he approached NPR with the idea to document the unique connection he shared with his friend Ornette Coleman. He was working on it when Coleman died last week at 85. Rogers finished the story for us here. --Ed.

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5:25 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

'The Most Beautiful Offerings': Terry Riley At 80

Composer Terry Riley (center) celebrates his 50th birthday in 1985 with his muses in the Kronos Quartet (from left) David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt and Joan Jeanrenaud.
Richard McCaffrey Courtesy of Kronos Quartet

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 11:32 am

Composer Terry Riley turns 80 Wednesday. He's been called the father of minimalism for his groundbreaking 1964 work In C. But his influence has spread far beyond, sparking the imaginations of many artists, from cutting-edge electronic musicians to rock gods.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:37 am
Mon June 15, 2015

How To Annoy Your Dad: Play The Harpsichord

Mahan Esfahani's new album, Time Present and Time Past, combines Baroque and minimalist works for the harpsichord.
Bernhard Musil Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 8:55 pm

"The harpsichord is an easy target, isn't it?" Those are the fighting words of Mahan Esfahani, a good-humored harpsichordist who is a proud defender of his instrument.

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5:26 am
Sat June 6, 2015

In 'Candide,' Bernstein Fuses Philosophy And Comedy

From a 2012 New York Philharmonic production of Candide, Marin Alsop conducts a cast that includes (from right) Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Groves and Janine LaManna.
Randy Brooke WireImage

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 2:37 pm

Leonard Bernstein often said: "Every author spends his entire life writing the same book." The same could apply to composers.

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