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Favorite Sessions

John Mark Nelson: A Teenager With Serious Talent The Current

Watch the 19-year-old Twin Cities songwriter and his cadre of teenage friends perform "Reminisce."

Composer-performer Max Richter (right) brings his revamped Vivaldi to Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge. Denise DeBelius/NPR hide caption

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Front Row

Max Richter In Concert: Reimagining Vivaldi

The inventive composer performs a Four Seasons makeover with violinist Daniel Hope.

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Favorite Sessions

Pianist Daniil Trifonov: Disappearing Into Chopin WGBH

After winning two major competitions, the 21-year-old Russian is reaching for piano perfection.

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Menahan Street Band KCRW-FM

Watch one of Brooklyn's funkiest live bands perform its trademark tune, "Make the Road By Walking."

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Favorite Sessions

Bat For Lashes: Balladry, On Ableton And Autoharp WFUV-FM

Watch autoharp-wielding singer Natasha Khan perform "Lilies" live at WFUV's studios in New York.

Cantus performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 3, 2012. Ryan Smith/for NPR hide caption

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Tiny Desk Concerts

Cantus

The a cappella ensemble sings widely divergent songs from American, European and Sufi traditions.

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Concerts

McCoy Tyner: Live At SFJAZZ

Watch the massively influential pianist perform with long-time collaborator Bobby Hutcherson.

Saxophonists Joshua Redman (center) and Joe Lovano (left) lead a performance at the SFJAZZ Center grand opening. Scott Chernis/Courtesy of SFJAZZ hide caption

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Concerts

Joe Lovano & Joshua Redman: Live At SFJAZZ

Watch a founding member of the SFJAZZ Collective and his tenor sax successor drive a jaunty swinger.

Ben Schneider of Lord Huron sets up for his session on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Larry Hirshowitz/KCRW hide caption

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Favorite Sessions

KCRW Presents: Lord Huron KCRW-FM

Watch one of the best new bands in Los Angeles perform its hit "Time to Run," live on KCRW.

NPR Music, WQXR and (Le) Poisson Rouge host an intimate evening of music that spans both great Western and Middle Eastern music with members of an inspiring orchestra, led by one of classical music's most eminent artists. Ryan Muir for NPR hide caption

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Classics in Concert

Daniel Barenboim And Members Of The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra WQXR-FM

NPR Music and WQXR host an intimate evening that spans great Western and Middle Eastern music.