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The elegant conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in a live performance from Carnegie Hall on November 13, 2013.
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November 13, 2013 Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas welcomes recent MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient Jeremy Denk to the piano as part of a far-reaching program. Hear Viennese classics, as well as bold American works.
Robert Spano, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is a fan of the Third Symphony by Aaron Copland.
August 1, 2013 Five acclaimed American conductors and composers — from Pulitzer Prize winners Jennifer Higdon and David Lang to the Atlanta Symphony's Robert Spano — pick their favorite homegrown symphonic works.
With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.
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November 1, 2012 Terrorism, worrying about China and immigration from Mexico — these sound like topics for Obama vs. Romney, but these pressing political issues have also found their way into today's opera houses. Watch excerpts from five contemporary operas that grapple with these hot potatoes head-on.
Brian Stokes Mitchell records A Lincoln Portrait at NPR's Studio 4A in April.
July 4, 2012 The Broadway and television star talks about the new recording of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait he made for NPR Music with the United States Marine Band.
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July 2, 2012 Hear a new performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell.
In these times of instability in the recording industry, more and more Symphony Orchestras (like the Cincinnati Symphony, photographed here) are making their own albums.
December 15, 2011 Once contracted to big labels, orchestras are now releasing their own impressive recordings.
Manhattan, Copland's "Quiet City," at night.
November 12, 2011 Quiet City was music that Aaron Copland wrote for playwright Irwin Shaw. Shaw's play of the same name was a flop, and Copland's original score was never published. Now, there's an encore to this story.
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Composer Henry Brant took 36 years to transform the "Concord" sonata by Charles Ives into a full-fledged symphony.
May 12, 2011 The maverick American composer spent 43 years perfecting his Piano Sonata; it took another non-conformist American, Henry Brant, another 36 years to transform it into a symphony. Hear an excerpt.
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Guitarist Jason Vieaux loves the wide open spaces in Aaron Copland's music.
March 18, 2011 It took the guitarist a few years of growing up after college to finally disregard his guilt over liking music that wasn't completely earthshaking — like Aaron Copland's ballet scores.
September 1, 2009 Once dubbed "The Prince of Pops," Kunzel, who died Tuesday, continued in a long line of famous pops conductors such as Arthur Fiedler. Hear the exuberant Kunzel lead his beloved Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in music by Strauss and Copland.
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