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A Young Afghan Pianist Plays For His Country's Future

"I want to show the new face of Afghanistan," says 18-year-old Elham Fanoos, now studying piano at Hunter College in New York.

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Songs We Love: Daniel Wohl, 'Source'

Hear the Paris native merge the oldest instrument, the human voice, with a palette of colorful electronic sounds, applied with a painter's touch.

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French Composer Pierre Boulez Dies At 90

The composer and conductor changed the way we hear music, not only through his own compositions but in the concerts he conducted. He died Tuesday at the age of 90.

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Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop muses on both the Russian and American sides of Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Third Symphony.

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Re-Imagining Santa Claus — From Grasping Kid To Avatar Of Generosity

Composer and librettist Mark Adamo set out to write an emotionally honest opera about the commercialism of the Christmas season.

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Nico Muhly's new holiday song is based on Longfellow's poem Snow-flakes. Matthew Murphy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love: Nico Muhly, 'Whispered and Revealed'

Hear a deceptive take on the winter blues by way of a versatile choir, a young New York composer and a 150-year-old poem by Longfellow.

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A New Music Journey From The U.S. To Havana

A misunderstanding morphed into an exciting idea: Take 10 American composers to Cuba. Hear their Havana concert.

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Soloman Howard performs as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton's Appomattox. Scott Suchman for WNO hide caption

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John Adams' latest album features works inspired by Beethoven. Deborah O'Grady/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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John Adams Mines Beethoven's Mind

Almost every composer, sooner or later, must come to grips with Beethoven. John Adams is inspired by the master's wit and rhythm.

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Simon Smith's new album traces the career of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. Veronica Alva/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Teddy Abrams conducts the Louisville Orchestra in his first concert as Music Director in Spring 2014. O'Neil Arnold/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient Armenian sacred music with jazz piano. Vahan Stepanyan/ECM hide caption

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Songs We Love: Tigran Hamasyan, 'Your Mercy is Boundless'

Award-winning pianist Tigran Hamasyan merges ancient sacred hymns from his homeland with improvisation, and a little mystery.

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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. Paolo Soriani/ECM Records hide caption

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Max Richter has written Sleep, an eight-hour lullaby for our fast-paced lives. Rhys Frampton/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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Trouble Sleeping? A Composer Wants To Help

If counting sheep isn't working, British composer Max Richter's latest piece might. Sleep is eight hours long and designed to help listeners get some shut-eye.

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