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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

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

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'Peter And The Wolf' Turns 75

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Prokofiev's classic musical fairytale turns 75. It's an innocent piece written during troubled times.

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