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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Portrait Of The Heldentenor As A Young Man

April 12, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet launches a farewell tour and serenades Boston with a final concert.

Watch Tokyo String Quartet Bids Boston A Bittersweet Farewell WGBH

April 10, 2013 – After 43 seasons, the revered ensemble calls it quits, leaving Boston with music by Haydn and Ravel. WGBH


Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Cristina Pato perform during Ma's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

Watch Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts?

April 9, 2013 – In a recent lecture on the arts, the eclectic cellist made a plea for the power of diversity.

Dr. Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) celebrate New Year's Eve with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as the sixth season of Mad Men opens.

Read Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

April 8, 2013 – Chopin's music had a cameo in the AMC series' sixth-season opener.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Rocking Horse

April 5, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Violinist Bronislaw Huberman in a 1900 photo, taken when he was 18 years old.

Watch How A Violinist Saved 1,000 Jews In World War II

April 4, 2013 – The story of violinist Bronisław Huberman and his heroic efforts inspired a new documentary film.

Robert Ward won a Pulitzer for bringing Arthur Miller's play The Crucible to the opera stage.

Watch Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Robert Ward

April 3, 2013 – The composer is best remembered for his operatic retelling of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible.

Pianist Jonathan Biss and members of the Elias String Quartet brought their Schumann: Under the Influence program to Carnegie Hall.

Listen Carnegie Hall Live: Jonathan Biss And The Elias String Quartet

April 2, 2013 – Hear one of today's finest young pianists and an English string quartet play Schumann and new music.


Local musicians upstage the Lochlannach Philharmonic by releasing their own recording.

Listen Lochlannach Phil Lockout Jump-Started By Kickstarter

April 1, 2013 – A beloved regional orchestra in Minnesota goes from pro to am — with surprising results.


President Barack Obama helps a young participant roll an egg during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 9, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Watch Marching To 'Easter Monday On The White House Lawn'

April 1, 2013 – One of John Philip Sousa's happiest marches depicts the day each year when kids rule in Washington.

Jazz composer Maria Schneider (left) and soprano Dawn Upshaw collaborated on the new album Winter Morning Walks.

Read Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks

April 1, 2013 – A soprano and a jazz composer explore work by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.


Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.

Watch Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

March 30, 2013 – Clayton's new album is a tribute to Julius Eastman, a singular composer who burned out too early.


Aladdin's magic lamp.

Watch Marches Madness: Rubbing Aladdin's Lamp

March 29, 2013 – Carl Nielsen composed stunningly original music for a theatrical version of the Aladdin story.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Mozart's K. 401

March 29, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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