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Sunday, Oct 14

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MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All

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Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, one of the 2018 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship, speaks about his work in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and what's next.

Thursday, Oct 11

13

Dreaming Of Rachmaninov On A Train

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The celebrated young pianist Daniil Trifonov steals aboard a steam locomotive, chugging through the Rockies to the strains of Rachmaninov's Fourth Concerto.

Wednesday, Oct 10

18

Two More Women Accuse Violinist William Preucil Of Misconduct

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Two female violinists allege that the Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster — currently suspended from his job due to a previous allegation — acted inappropriately towards them during lessons.

Tuesday, Oct 9

21

One Mesmerizing Moment With Soprano Montserrat Caballé

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The revered Spanish soprano, who died Saturday, spins out silvery threads of tone in her recordings, the likes of which no one has ever matched.

11

The Tale Of The Stolen Totenberg Stradivarius Ends With A New Legacy

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When the FBI recovered virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg's stolen Stradivarius after his death, his daughters wanted the instrument to be played everywhere. Ensuring that was not so simple.

Monday, Oct 8

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The Rise Of The LA Philharmonic To 'America's Most Important Orchestra'

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic, which begins to mark its centennial this fall, is credited with helping to bring high culture and great composers to L.A.

Sunday, Oct 7

15

Back To Bach: Hilary Hahn Rekindles An Old Love

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When the violinist was just 17, a stunning Bach debut album launched her career. Over two decades later, she returns to finish up the set of pieces she started as a teenager.

Thursday, Oct 4

19

MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin Talks Composing And Donating His 'Genius' Money

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The 28-year-old polymath from Boston discusses his new award, his precocious youth and how he perceives all human language as a form of musical communication.

16

Watch Yo-Yo Ma Perform 'Song Of The Birds' Live In The Studio

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The world-renowned cellist performs the delicate piece both gently and with absolute surety.

Wednesday, Oct 3

15

Bach On Tap Shoes: Tiptoeing Through The 'Goldberg Variations'

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Watch Caleb Teicher tap his way through Bach's Goldberg Variations with pianist Conrad Tao at the Steinway factory in New York.

Friday, Sep 28

23

'The Planets' At 100: A Listener's Guide To Holst's Solar System

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Take an interplanetary trek through the English composer's symphonic blockbuster with the help of a conductor and an astronomer.

19

Erasing Genres En Español: A Smoky-Voiced Jazz Singer Meets Classical Strings

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The resourceful Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera partners with the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, creating an album that's steeped in Latin American culture.

Monday, Sep 24

12

New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera Struggle To Find Their Way

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The New York Philharmonic launches its season with a new music director and executive director. The Metropolitan Opera's season starts with a young music director.

Friday, Sep 21

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Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

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The resourceful singer is unafraid to bring opera — and his high-flying top notes — to unlikely places, from sixth-grade classrooms to the offices of NPR.

12

Anthony Roth Costanzo: Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch the ambitious countertenor sing music that spans more than 250 years, connecting the dots between David Byrne, George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass.

Monday, Sep 17

22

New York Philharmonic Musicians In Limbo After Investigation

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After a five-month investigation, the New York City orchestra took action against oboist Liang Wang and trumpeter Matthew Muckey over unspecified misconduct.

Thursday, Sep 6

23

How Sports Met 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

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"The Star-Spangled Banner" has been played at major sporting events as far back as the Civil War, even before it was officially named the national anthem. How and why did the tradition stick?

12

Helen Sung Spins Dana Gioia's Poetry Into Jazz On 'Sung With Words'

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The pianist merges jazz and poetry together to make a multi-movement work that explores themes of the human condition.

Friday, Aug 31

George Li: Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch the young Harvard grad dispatch some of the most "knuckle-busting" piano repertoire with uncommon panache and precision.

Wednesday, Aug 29

18

Renée Fleming, America's Go-To Diva, To Sing At McCain Memorial In Washington

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The versatile opera star will sing an Irish classic at the memorial service of Senator John McCain Saturday at Washington's National Cathedral.

Tuesday, Aug 28

23

Strangers On A Train: How Gabriel Kahane's Travels Inspired An Album Of Empathy

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Kahane's new album, Book of Travelers is inspired by a two-week train trip the composer took across America. Kahane discusses the album and performs a few of the songs in NPR's studio.

Saturday, Aug 25

13

Life With Leonard Bernstein

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To mark the centennial of her father's birth, Jamie Bernstein talks frankly about her new memoir, tracking her life as the daughter of the legendary composer.

Friday, Aug 24

22

George Walker, Trailblazing American Composer, Dies At 96

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The composer, whose music fused many styles with a singular voice, constantly broke new ground. He was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for music.

11

The Complex Life Of Leonard Bernstein, A Once-In-A-Century Talent

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Born 100 years ago on Aug. 25, 1918, Bernstein was a larger-than-life character — on stage as a conductor, at the piano as a composer, on TV as an educator and in a sometimes tangled personal life.

07

Got 'Mambo'? A Playlist For Leonard Bernstein Fanatics And First-Timers

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Need to beef up on Leonard Bernstein? Hear the musical polymath's most delightful tunes, from West Side Story classics to surprises from Aretha Franklin, Tom Waits and Selena.

Wednesday, Aug 22

23

Opera Singer David Daniels Accused Of Rape

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The celebrated artist and his husband, Scott Walters, are accused of drugging and raping a young singer in Houston, Texas, in May 2010.

Monday, Aug 20

18

New Music, New Stories From Century-Old Celluloid

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Watch an excerpt from The Unchanging Sea, the latest commingling of filmmaker Bill Morrison's decaying reels of silent film and Michael Gordon's undulating music.

Friday, Aug 17

23

Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

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If the celebrated cellist could soundtrack his life, the music would be J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma explains why they mean the world to him while he played the music at the NPR offices.

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Yo-Yo Ma: Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.

Thursday, Aug 16

23

Minnesota Orchestra Honors Nelson Mandela By Bringing Music To South Africa

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The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first major U.S. orchestra to play in Soweto, South Africa. The orchestra's tour of the country grew out of its conductor's work with youth orchestras there.