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Maya Beiser performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013.

Watch Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert

June 29, 2013 – A brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, Beiser performs at the NPR offices.


The Boston Pops rehearses for its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 3, 2012, at the Charles River Esplanade.

Read Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

June 29, 2013 – In the 1970s, the Boston Pops turned a Russian composition into an Independence Day staple.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Wunder Years: Sloppy Johann

June 28, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

At the Moab Festival in Utah, patrons can hike to a secret spot to hear concerts.

Read Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

June 26, 2013 – As summer heats up, so do dozens of classical music festivals all around the country.

Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, who won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition Sunday night.

Watch Meet The 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

June 24, 2013 – 31-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton walked away with both the main prize and the song award.

Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read In Sharpness And In Tune

June 21, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Daniel Stepner performs on the violin once owned by Mozart himself.

Watch Mozart's Violin Comes To Boston, Live In Concert WGBH

June 19, 2013 – Mozart himself never made it to America — but his violin and viola did. Hear and see them played. WGBH


Three of today's most fascinating violinists have new albums, including Augustin Hadelich, who pairs off with Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

Read Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

June 18, 2013 – Sweet melodies by Bach and haunting sounds of Morton Feldman enliven new albums.

So Percussion.

Watch Wired: Come Hear New Music That Uses The Manhattan Bridge

June 17, 2013 – Come hear a singular world premiere at Make Music New York — using the Manhattan Bridge.

Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.

Read Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

June 14, 2013 – Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other.


Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read An Inconvenient Tune

June 14, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

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.


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