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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Contracts Roasting On An Open Fire

December 7, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, whose recording of music by John Adams made our Top 10 of 2012.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 7, 2012 – What you want to know this week, from our ten must-hear albums to Brubeck's take on classical.

To mark the group's 25th anniversary, Anonymous 4 commissioned the new piece love fail from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

Read Anonymous 4 Marks A Milestone Year, Together And Alone

December 6, 2012 – Composer David Lang's work for the vocal quartet reflects the modern world, not mythology.

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The London-based a cappella choir Stile Antico brings a program of Christmas music to Cambridge, Mass.

Listen A Choral Christmas With Stile Antico WGBH

December 5, 2012 – Hear the acclaimed British choral group's concert of sacred music from 16th century England. WGBH

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Cellist Alisa Weilerstein

Read Alisa Weilerstein Plays Elgar: Exploring Music With An Intense Past

December 4, 2012 – The celebrated young American cellist walks us through her recording of a "devastating" concerto.

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A 1910 portrait of King George V in procession. A new album of choral works by Hubert Parry features music he wrote for the king's coronation one year later.

Read Classical Lost And Found: Hubert Parry's Glorious England

December 4, 2012 – A new album of Hubert Parry's neglected works for chorus and orchestra swells with English pride.

Pianist Kadar Qian and beatboxer extraordinaire Kevin Olusola give Bach's Goldberg Variations a new twist.

Watch Bach, Beatboxed

December 3, 2012 – Check out a duo riffing on the Goldberg Variations in a very cool way: beatboxing and piano.

The New York Philharmonic performing at the current incarnation of Avery Fisher Hall in January 2011.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 30, 2012 – A major move for the NY Phil and back-and-forthing in Minnesota: a guide to what you need to know.

Please approach the (piano) bench.

Read Please Approach The (Piano) Bench

November 30, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

A garden serves as the stage in the opera.

Read The Peony Pavilion: A Vivid Dream In A Garden

November 30, 2012 – An adapted version of the 16th century Chinese opera will take place at the Metropolitan Museum.

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Ray Chen performs at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Watch Holiday Treats: Violinist Ray Chen Plays Sweet Sounds At LPR

November 28, 2012 – Watch a stellar rising violinist perform two bonbons in an intimate club performance recorded live.

After years of waiting, the Kennedy Center has a new symphonic organ replacing its old Filene organ. The $2 million project will culminate in the organ's debut on Nov. 27. William Neil (left), the National Symphony Orchestra organist, speaks with NSO Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl (center) during the organ's test with the orchestra on Oct. 18.

Read Kennedy Center's New Organ No Longer A Pipe Dream

November 27, 2012 – The Kennedy Center finally replaced its not-quite-up-to-the-task pipe organ.

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Does This Guy Matter? Conductor Leonard Bernstein during rehearsal with the Cincinnati Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1977.

Read Do Orchestras Really Need Conductors?

November 27, 2012 – A computer science study shows that conductors play decisive roles in the performance of orchestras.

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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Read Joyce DiDonato: Sublime Singing Makes The Unreal Real

November 27, 2012 – Hear a celebrated mezzo-soprano sing an aria from her exceptional new recording of Baroque opera.

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

Read Michel Van Der Aa Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

November 25, 2012 – Watch an excerpt of a cello concerto/short film that has earned the Dutch composer the prize.

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