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Baritone Thomas Hampson brings a Civil War-themed program to Carnegie Hall Feb. 9, 2015.
February 4, 2015 Hear the beloved baritone sing a fascinating program that mixes German Romanticism with a cornucopia of American songs, including a world premiere from Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon.
In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.
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November 3, 2013 The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them. Hear fascinating works by 27 contemporary composers, written especially for Hilary Hahn.
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.
Tell us your hopes for classical music in 2013.
January 10, 2013 What can composers, performers and audiences do to help the music they love thrive? Join a discussion — with prominent musicians like Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Kevin Puts and Jennifer Higdon and conductor Marin Alsop — to help find solutions to classical music's many persistent problems.
Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are currently in a lock out labor dispute.
J.D. Scott/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
September 6, 2012 Celebrate the sound of the venturesome orchestra while it's silenced by a bitter labor dispute.
Lara Downes plays contemporary takes on Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations in NPR's studio 4A.
March 21, 2012 The pianist performs contemporary takes on Bach's Goldberg Variations in the NPR studio
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Jennifer Higdon has one word for classical music: update.
Sarah R. Bloom
January 20, 2011 The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer wants to update our notion of the classical music canon. But updating, Higdon says, is not putting Beethoven in a leather jacket on a billboard.
Composer Jennifer Higdon got a big surprise last April.
J. Henry Fair
December 9, 2010 Earlier this year, Higdon's Violin Concerto earned her a Pulitzer Prize. It was a surprising event that gave the composer a chance to reflect on the many friends and colleagues who helped her over the years.
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Since becoming music director of the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano has been an advocate of new music.
November 26, 2010 This season, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 10th anniversary of its music director, Robert Spano, who has established a reputation as an advocate for new music.
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Composer Jennifer Higdon wonders what Beethoven would think of cell phones and Thai food.
November 3, 2010 The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer would like a few tips from Beethoven, like knowing how he struggled with turning rewrites and sketches into masterworks.
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