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Pianist Anthony de Mare commissioned 36 composers to rework songs by Stephen Sondheim for the new album Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from The Piano.
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October 2, 2015 Seated at the piano in NPR's studios, Anthony de Mare explains why he commissioned composers from the classical, jazz and Broadway worlds to interpret some of Sondheim's finest songs.
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Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic Wednesday in the opening concert of the new Carnegie Hall season.
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October 1, 2015 A world premiere by Magnus Lindberg and a time-honored concerto played by Evgeny Kissin bring history and celebration to Carnegie's season-opening concert.
Zuhal Sultan is the founder of the Iraqi National Youth Orchestra.
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September 28, 2015 The young woman who founded Iraq's youth orchestra believes in the enduring spirit of her musicians. The group planned to bring its act overseas until it was forced into hiatus by ISIS.
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Julia Wolfe's Anthracite Fields is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The official recording of the piece was released this week.
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September 26, 2015 Wolfe has just released the recording of Anthracite Fields, which won the 2015 Pulitzer for music. The piece is based on the knotty history of coal-mining families in her home state of Pennsylvania.
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To mark the first day of fall, try this autumn music puzzler.
September 23, 2015 Do your musical tastes change with the turning of autumn leaves? Try this fall music quiz filled with songs of wistful introspection.
Aleksandrs Antonenko (right) will be the Met's first tenor to forego skin darkening makeup to play the lead role in Verdi's Otello.
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September 21, 2015 In its season opening production, New York's Metropolitan Opera abandons the tradition of darkening the skin of tenors portraying the title role in Verdi's Otello.
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Bad artist biographies don't exactly excite or engage audiences.
September 17, 2015 Artist biographies on websites, in concert programs and press releases are often deadly dull and irrelevant. Why not use them as vehicles for insight and engagement?
Black Violin's new album is called Stereotypes.
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September 17, 2015 As Black Violin, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste say they're merely demonstrating what two music styles with traditionally disparate audiences have in common.
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September 18, 2015 Isbin, who trained under Andrés Segovia, is the only female guitarist to win a classical Grammy.
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Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is the subject of a new documentary.
September 11, 2015 To mark the 80th birthday of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (Bjork and Michael Stipe are among his fans), preview an upcoming documentary and explore a few facts and myths about this singular artist.
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