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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.

Read From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

February 3, 2013 – Young Afghans will be performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S.

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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.

Watch Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

February 2, 2013 – Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read I'm OK, You're Slightly Flat

February 1, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

February 1, 2013 – The FAA changes its tune re instruments on planes and the passing of innovator Butch Morris.

Watch A Little Part Of Poulenc In All Of Us

January 30, 2013 – Recalling the brilliant contradictions in the French composer on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim (center) brought members of his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (including his son Michael Barenboim, left, and Kinan Azmeh) to the intimate spaces of Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge.

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

January 29, 2013 – NPR Music and WQXR host an intimate evening that spans great Western and Middle Eastern music. WQXR

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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers.

Watch Meet The Musical Mendelssohns: Felix And Fanny

January 28, 2013 – String quartets by the siblings are featured in a new album by the venturesome Ebène Quartet.

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Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies.

Read Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice

January 26, 2013 – Haden's new album, Petra Goes to the Movies, recasts movie scores in an a cappella setting.

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The Ebene Quartet performs at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York, in August 2012.

Watch The Ebene Quartet Powers Through Mendelssohn

January 25, 2013 – Watch one of today's top string quartets delve deep at a Brooklyn bookstore.

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.

Watch New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

January 25, 2013 – After a Pulitzer, a Tony and several Oscar nods, Doubt returns to the stage, this time as an opera.

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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.

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

January 25, 2013 – An Italian musicologist is resurrecting works written in World War II camps.

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Why Time Warner Cable Dropped Ovation.

Read Why Time Warner Cable Dropped Ovation

January 25, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Anne Akiko Meyers, holding the "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, which reportedly sold for a record price. She says the anonymous buyer has offered her use of the instrument for life.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 25, 2013 – Anne Akiko Meyer's newest super-pricey fiddle and leadership changes from Munich to New York.

A new study claims that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

Read Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

January 23, 2013 – A new study says that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

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