Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis.
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October 17, 2013 Now that we've avoided a financial cataclysm, here's a suitable playlist for some of the swirling emotions of the past two weeks.
For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.
March 18, 2013 If you fell in love with oranges, would you scour the world to find them? Prokofiev's absurdist, citrus-scented opera features zany plot lines, curious characters and one little march that made it big.
Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop.
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July 21, 2012 An American conductor explains why Russian music suits her Sao Paolo orchestra.
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May 1, 2012 Hear an excerpt from a fabulous debut recording by a 21-year-old pianist who's poised to take the world by storm with his beguiling mix of tenderness and muscularity.
The animated short 'Fourth Orange' by director Julia Titova.
February 2, 2012 Watch a beautiful and bittersweet animated short film chronicling Prokofiev's life.
The Orchestra of St. Luke's opens The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan.
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July 14, 2011 Hear the peripatetic ensemble christen its new concert space with conductor Ivan Fischer.
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Cover art for the American release of Peter And The Wolf on RCA Victor.
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May 2, 2011 Prokofiev's classic musical fairytale turns 75. It's an innocent piece written during troubled times.
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December 31, 2010 As the year turns over again, emotions tend to be mixed — about events past and future. Hear a wistful little waltz by Prokofiev to welcome in the New Year.
NPR's Scott Simon takes on Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, with the Baltimore Symphony.
March 20, 2010 Prokofiev's symphonic story Peter and the Wolf is a classic for kids. An enterprising little boy named Peter, together with a duck, a cat and a bird, outsmarts a wolf. It has been narrated by some of the world's great vocal actors, including Sir Peter Ustinov and Sir John Gielgud. And now — NPR's Scott Simon.
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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.
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February 9, 2010 When it comes to Prokofiev's music, pianist and Yale University professor Boris Berman is the go-to guy. Along with faculty and student musicians, Berman will present newly discovered pieces by the Soviet composer at New York's Zankel Hall on Tuesday night.
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August 6, 2009 Summer may seem like the shortest of seasons, but at least the evenings are long and warm. As we wend our way into August, when the sticky air makes it easy to forget how little time remains until fall, here are five pieces by classical composers who embraced summer nights. Here's hoping the music signifies both summertime and celebration the next time you spend a hot night entertaining guests.
1879 poster for Romeo and Juliet.
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February 10, 2009 Prokofiev's passionate ballet score to Romeo and Juliet combines the lightness of the love story and the tender emotions with music of real violence — which is, after all, a lot of what Shakespeare's play is about.
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July 23, 2008 This week, from the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu, a teenage pianist from Honolulu plays Prokofiev, the Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus sings a Chinese folk song, and a young tuba player who's gone to extremes in the orchestra while awaiting his next entrance, plays Schumann. This program originally aired on January 9, 2008.
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February 27, 2008 From cuckoos to roosters, nightingales to goldfinches, composers have long been fascinated with the sounds of birds. Hear how their chirps, twitters, and songs are imitated by the instruments of the orchestra.
January 12, 2008 Fifty years ago, a 23-year-old piano student from Los Angeles took a chance, competing in the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Daniel Pollack didn't take home the top prize, but he did carve out a unique career, preserved with bittersweet memories.
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