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Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop. Library of Congress hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

A Grand Soviet Symphony, By Way Of Brazil

An American conductor explains why Russian music suits her Sao Paolo orchestra.

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Favorite Sessions

The Orchestra Of St. Luke's: Home At Last

Hear the peripatetic ensemble christen its new concert space with conductor Ivan Fischer.

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Boris Berman, a Yale School of Music professor, pianist and Prokofiev specialist, presents a concert of rarities by the Soviet composer. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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