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Thursday, Nov 29

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Why Is The Chinese Government Trying To Buy A School In New Jersey?

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An elite music college in Princeton, N.J. is up for sale. Its prospective buyer is a for-profit Chinese company — which is partially owned by the Beijing municipal government.

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28 Trombonists Play 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' Will Send Shivers Down Your Spine

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Recorded during the 2018 International Trombone Festival, this brass choir elevates the cover game.

Saturday, Nov 24

15

How The 'New World' Symphony Introduced American Music To Itself

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Sometimes it takes an outsider to see a culture clearly. Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's Ninth Symphony was an ode to what American music could become.

Thursday, Nov 22

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'Let's Turkey Trot': Festive Music About Fowl

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From bourgeois turkeys to Mother Goose, music commentator Miles Hoffman introduces us to classical music about fowls.

Friday, Nov 16

16

Missy Mazzoli Is The 21st Century's Gatecrasher Of New Classical Music

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Classical music has a gatekeeping problem. Through her label-defying music and commitment to mentorship, Mazzoli is fighting to correct that.

Tuesday, Nov 6

19

Raising The Dead — And A Few Questions — With Maria Callas' Hologram

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The legendary opera diva is on tour, as a hologram, with a live orchestra. But behind the dramatic music, truth and fiction are blurred.

Thursday, Nov 1

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Vote For Your Favorite New Musician Of 2018

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Slingshot, VuHaus public radio stations and NPR Music's emerging artist series, spotlighted 40 artists over the course of the past 10 months. Now it's time for you to tell us your favorite.

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Tilda Swinton's Spaniels Are A Lot To Handel

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A new video, co-directed by actress Tilda Swinton, breaks the joy meter, as her vivacious dogs frolic to the strains of a Handel opera.

Saturday, Oct 27

15

A 'Cosmic Connection' Between 2 Violinists

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For decades, Cologne-based violinist Geoffry Wharton has played jazzy crowd-pleasing encores written in the 1930s by an obscure composer, Audrey Call. Wharton discovered a spooky connection with her.

Thursday, Oct 25

23

Second Man Accuses Opera Star David Daniels Of Sexual Assault

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For the second time in just over two months, famed opera star David Daniels has been accused of drugging and then sexually assaulting a young singer.

Wednesday, Oct 24

Cleveland Orchestra Fires 2 Leading Musicians After Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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The Cleveland Orchestra announced on Wednesday afternoon that it has fired concertmaster William Preucil and principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa for multiple alleged incidents of sexual misconduct.

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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'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.

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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.

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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?

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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.