Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter. Scott Saltzman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

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Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

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After a decade of lobbying by musicians, it will finally be easier for cellos to fly as comfortably as the people who play them. Flickr/modenadude hide caption

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The Andrews Sisters (from left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne) in the 1940s. Patty was the star of the sibling act. GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Patty Andrews, Leader Of The Andrews Sisters, Dies

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Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia. Samir Ljuma for NPR hide caption

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Remembering Butch Morris, The Man Who Conducted Improvisation

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Postal rates for domestic first-class mail went up just a penny this week, but for businesses that ship packages internationally — like small record labels — the rate increases are much larger. John Gress/Corbis hide caption

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Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels

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Hugh Panaro is The Phantom and Sierra Boggess is Christine in the 25th anniversary cast of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Joan Marcus hide caption

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25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

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Jimmy Van Heusen with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s. Van Heusen wrote dozens of songs for the crooner and became Sinatra's close friend and confidant. Courtesy of Burns Media Productions hide caption

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The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra

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In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy. Michal Daniel/Minnesota Opera hide caption

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New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

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The Nazis imprisoned Czech composer Rudolf Karel (shown here in a sketch from 1945) for helping the resistance in Prague. He wrote his compositions down on toilet paper. Courtesy of Francesco Lotoro hide caption

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Honoring 'Our Will To Live': The Lost Music Of The Holocaust

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