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Conductor Judy Clurman: 'I had to see that inauguration'

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Finnish Accordions, Schubert's Blues And A Soviet Concerto: New Classical CDs

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'A Simple Oath' by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum

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Renata Scotto has retired from the stage, but she hasn't slowed down — she's now a director and costume designer. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'An Ode', by Zachary Wadsworth

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'Moral Courage' by Jesse Wiener

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Conductor Judy Clurman: 'You're just chuggin' along'

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Conductor Judy Clurman: 'We need to be a strong people'

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Harry S. Truman was thrust abruptly into the presidency during WWII — and his problems didn't end after the war. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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'Truman' by David Ludwig

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Turtle Island Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

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'Admonition Of FDR' by Samuel Adler

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Judy Clurman: "I get teary-eyed."

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Best Classical Album: Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus - Verdi: Requiem ("Dies Irae")

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'A Theodore Roosevelt Round' by Thomas Cabaniss

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Abraham Lincoln led the country through its most violent internal struggle — and left behind some famous words. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Conductor Judith Clurman: 'The sound of the bullet'

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