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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Throwing A Fit In F-Sharp

August 9, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Baritone Thomas Hampson takes his punches for opera on a BBC talk show.

Watch And in This Corner: A Baritone Fights For Opera On The BBC

August 6, 2013 – The celebrated singer Thomas Hampson found himself in a verbal boxing match on a recent talk show.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts is still inspired by the age-old symphonic form.

Read Why Write Symphonies?

August 5, 2013 – Kevin Puts says a symphony is "where I can express the spiritual, the epic, the heartbreaking."

Fred Onovwerosuoke founded the St. Louis African Chorus 20 years ago.

Read Songs Of Africa: Beautiful Music With A Violent History

August 3, 2013 – African sacred music combines the songs of oppressed people with the music of their oppressors.

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Beware Of The High C Slider.

Read Heifetz Up With Piatigorsky On Third

August 2, 2013 – Friday are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Robert Spano, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is a fan of the Third Symphony by Aaron Copland.

Read 5 American Symphonies You Should Know

August 1, 2013 – Five acclaimed American musicians pick favorite homegrown symphonic works.

New York-based composer Mohammed Fairouz.

Read Creating American Symphonies To Tell 'Distinctly American' Stories

July 30, 2013 – "A composer like me couldn't have existed in Europe 150 years ago," says Mohammed Fairouz.

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Time For Three performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Watch Time For Three: Tiny Desk Concert

July 27, 2013 – Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform with staggering technique and contagious energy.

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New Traffic Signs Near Tanglewood.

Read New Traffic Signs Near Tanglewood

July 26, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Fela Kuti's "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" performed by the Kronos Quartet and the vibrant Abena Koomson and Sahr Ngaujah.

Listen Kronos Quartet: Behind The Scenes And Out Of Doors

July 25, 2013 – Hear world premiere performances by the Kronos Quartet and see their rehearsal process.

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Countertenor David Daniels (right) and dancer Reed Luplau in the Santa Fe Opera's world-premiere production of Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.

Read The High, Heavenly Voice Of David Daniels

July 25, 2013 – Hear a sneak preview from the new opera Oscar, starring the celebrated countertenor as Oscar Wilde.

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San Juan Bautista Mission in California, the inspiration for Kevin Puts' Symphony No. 4.

Read Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

July 24, 2013 – A trio of orchestral albums from our summer-long search for the Great American Symphony.

Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.

Watch Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

July 22, 2013 – The beloved Met Opera star is revered for her Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly.

Timo Andres' new album, Home Stretch, comes out July 30.

Read First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'

July 21, 2013 – The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno.

The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.

Watch A Veteran's Piercing True Story Leaps From Page To Stage

July 20, 2013 – The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.

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