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Exercise your 'rite' to vote.

Read Exercise Your 'Rite' To Vote

November 2, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Some of the instruments, scores and other materials the New Amsterdam label is trying to salvage after Sandy.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 2, 2012 – Sandy's effect on classical musicians, creating a Cloud Atlas masterpiece and a Glyndebourne death.

With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.

Read How Is The White House Like The Opera House?

November 1, 2012 – Watch excerpts from contemporary operas that grapple with today's top political issues head-on.

A satellite's view of Hurricane Sandy as it moves inland, Oct. 30, 2012.

Read Symphonic Superstorms: A Puzzler

October 31, 2012 – Put on your musical meteorologist cap to identify the musical tempests in this interactive puzzler.

For violinist Gidon Kremer's new album, he commissioned 11 composers to rework and build on keyboard music by J.S. Bach.

Read Gidon Kremer's Bach Makeover

October 30, 2012 – Hear the violinist play a newly commissioned work based on Bach.

Late composer and conductor Hans Werner Henze, circa 1965.

Watch Composer Hans Werner Henze Remembered

October 29, 2012 – Known for his lushly lyrical scores, the German composer died Saturday at age 86.

Organ music: inherently spooky? This one is in St. James' Cathedral of Townsville, Australia, ca. 1902.

Read Halloween Fright: Five Versions Of That Terrifying Toccata And Fugue

October 29, 2012 – Just in time for Halloween, we've found five frightfully wild versions of a scary piece of music.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read I Know What You Did Last Measure

October 26, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra violists Evelina Chao and Maiya Papach wage battle in happier times.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

October 26, 2012 – From Minnesota lockouts to a "pop-up" NY Phil, your guide to must-reads, watches and listens.

Bass Boris Christoff plays Philip II of Spain in Verdi's Don Carlo. Although the real Philip was a successful politician, he bankrupted his government four times.

Read The Politicians In Opera Puzzler

October 24, 2012 – As election season sprints to the finish, take a detour to identify these operatic officeholders.

The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, founded and directed by Brad Wells (left).

Read Roomful Of Teeth: Experimental Singing, Smiles Guaranteed

October 23, 2012 – Hear this exciting group bring a 21st-century spin to a capella singing on their debut album.

The original production of John Adams' Nixon in China (at Houston Grand Opera) celebrates the 25-year mark.

Watch 'Nixon In China': An American Opera Inches Toward Classic At 25

October 22, 2012 – John Adams' first opera premiered 25 years ago today at Houston Grand Opera. Watch an excerpt.

Stephen Hough's newest release is the French Album.

Read Stephen Hough's 'French Album,' A 'Musical Dessert Trolley'

October 21, 2012 – The pianist's latest album resulted from his study of what makes a piece of music uniquely French.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read On The Bright Side, Unlimited Harp Music

October 19, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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