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Tracy Silverman performs a Tiny Desk Concert May 13, 2014.

Watch Tracy Silverman: Tiny Desk Concert

June 28, 2014 – See the innovative player create waves of sound with a six-string violin.


Julius Rudel, photographed (ca. 1970) in rehearsal with the orchestra of the New York City Opera, spent more than three decades with the company.

Watch Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93

June 26, 2014 – The conductor led New York's second-largest opera company when American talent was flowering.

Glenn Dicterow joined the New York Philharmonic as its concertmaster in 1980. He has performed as its soloist every year since.

Watch New York Philharmonic's Lead Fiddler Rests His Bow

June 24, 2014 – Glenn Dicterow was the orchestra's youngest concertmaster. After 34 years he says farewell.


David Aaron Carpenter plays the 'Macdonald' Stradivarius viola at Sotheby's auction house for NPR in April.

Read What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

June 24, 2014 – The sale of the most expensive musical instrument in history could be announced Wednesday.


At the Moab Music Festival in Utah, summer night performances take place in picturesque settings.

Read Sounds Of A Summer Night Puzzler

June 23, 2014 – To mark the change of season, test your ears in this quiz inspired by warm summer evenings.

Stephanie Blythe (left) as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' 2014 production of 27.

Watch Gertrude Stein Opera Finds Beauty In The Mundane

June 21, 2014 – A new opera from composer Ricky Ian Gordon uses tiny moments to tell the story of a big personality.


Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

Read A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

June 18, 2014 – Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe.


German soccer players sing their national anthem Monday before their 2014 World Cup match against Portugal in Salvador, Brazil.

Read The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

June 17, 2014 – Fancy yourself a World Cup know-it-all? Match the team to its national anthem in this puzzler.

Paco Pena performs at the Tiny Desk in April 2014.

Watch Eliot Fisk And Paco Peña: Tiny Desk Concert

June 14, 2014 – A classical virtuoso and an equally captivating flamenco player combine for a set of duets.


The Star-Spangled Banner manuscript and flag together in a gallery at the National Museum of American History.

Watch Join A Nationwide Performance Of The National Anthem

June 14, 2014 – The Smithsonian invites everyone to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" today at 4 p.m. Eastern.

American composer John Adams has written a new concerto for saxophone.

Read The Concerto: A 400-Year-Old Recipe That Still Cooks

June 12, 2014 – Composers worldwide paint colorful pictures with soloists and orchestras.

Composer Richard Strauss in London in 1914.

Read The Composer As Sphinx: A Richard Strauss Puzzler

June 11, 2014 – For the composer's sesquicentennial, a puzzler to test know-it-alls and tempt newbies.

If it's June, let the wedding bells, and the music, ring out.

Read I Hear Bells: The NPR Music Wedding Puzzler

June 10, 2014 – Test your smarts with this smorgasbord of matrimonial music.

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