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Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character.

Read A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

June 12, 2013 – Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene examines the titular figure's relationship to Jesus.


Angélica Negrón gives Q2 Music a tour of her apartment.

Watch Angélica Negrón On Q2 Music's 'Spaces' Q2

June 12, 2013 – Watch the creative Puerto Rican-born composer show off her vintage keyboards and music boxes. Q2

Cliburn medalists Beatrice Rana, second place winner; Vadym Kholodenko, first place winner; and Sean Chen, third place winner, receive applause from the audience at the final awards ceremony at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Sunday.

Read Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition KERA

June 10, 2013 – Vadym Kholodenko, 26, takes home the $50,000 purse, plus three years of professional management. KERA


David Finckel is a longtime member of the Emerson String Quartet. Journeys: Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg is his last recording with the group.

Read David Finckel On The Emerson Quartet's Changing Of The Guard

June 9, 2013 – The quartet's new album is the last to feature the cellist, a longtime member of the group.


Artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China.

Watch Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

June 7, 2013 – Four members of the Philadelphia Orchestra turned a three-hour flight delay into something magical.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Cage-y Consumer

June 7, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, 22, performs at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The Juilliard School graduate student is among six musicians chosen for the final round.

Read The Cliburn Competition After Van

June 5, 2013 – The iconic pianist died earlier this year, leaving behind a prestigious piano competition.


Soprano Natalie Dessay, with tenor Charles Castonovo, in Philippe Béziat's documentary Becoming Traviata.

Watch 'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

June 4, 2013 – For a film built from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama.

Conrad Tao's new album, Voyages, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Conrad Tao, 'Voyages'

June 2, 2013 – On Voyages, the pianist journeys down varied and alluring pathways that lead to transcendent beauty.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Amid The Pulsars Without A Pulse

May 31, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.

Watch 100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

May 29, 2013 – Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere and its longevity.


Imani Winds performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.

Read Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

May 29, 2013 – Imani Winds' members shrink Igor Stravinsky down to size in a quintet take on The Rite of Spring.

A still from Ann Robideaux' choreography for the last minute of The Rite of Spring.

Watch We Asked, You Created: Your 'Rite Of Spring' Videos

May 29, 2013 – Check out our favorite videos from our Rite of Spring call — ranging from beautiful to nutty.

Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava and jazz musician Vijay Iyer's project Radhe Radhe: a visually and sonically dazzling collaboration.

Watch Colors Swirl In A Real Rite Of Spring

May 28, 2013 – Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava transport Stravinsky's ideas to India.

Stephen Malinowski's "visualized" Rite of Spring.

Watch Watch A Mind-Blowing Visualization Of 'The Rite Of Spring'

May 27, 2013 – The animator of Bjork's Biophilia has created an illuminating path into Stravinsky's music.

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