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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.

President Nixon pardons a turkey in 1969. There's quite a celebratory banquet scene in the John Adams opera, Nixon in China.

Read 'Don Giovanni' To 'Nixon In China': Holiday Feasts In Opera

November 22, 2012 – As you prepare to feast this Thanksgiving, there's also an operatic feast to be had.

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Composer Max Richter's new album takes on Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Read Max Richter Recomposes 'The Four Seasons'

November 21, 2012 – The composer has done a brave thing for any artist in any medium: He's messed with a classic.

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Thanksgiving Soundtrack by Pablo Helguera.

Read Ode To Joy Of Cooking

November 21, 2012 – Thanksgiving prep is funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 21, 2012 – The microcosmic movements that move us to a first-timer tweeting from a live classical concert.

The special effects in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's music helped forge a new cutting-edge style.

Read Calculated Instability: The Pioneering Sonatas Of C.P.E. Bach

November 20, 2012 – The quirky music of J.S. Bach's most impressive son delights in an album by pianist Danny Driver.

An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Read Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music

November 19, 2012 – A leading conductor and an author explain the resonances behind a famous phrase in music.

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Hunting and gathering music for your Thanksgiving holiday? Check out our playlist.

Read Don't Forget The Music: A Well-Seasoned Thanksgiving Soundtrack

November 19, 2012 – Our suggestions for a Turkey Day playlist, brimming with American sounds.

John Eliot Gardiner leads the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York, NY on November 17, 2012.

Listen Gardiner Leads Beethoven's Missa Solemnis WQXR

November 17, 2012 – The celebrated English conductor leads a performance of one of Beethoven's most expansive works. WQXR

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Harmonic. Phil Harmonic.

November 16, 2012 – Friday's are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vänskä, whose pleas to his symphony's management and players just went public.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

November 16, 2012 – Vänskä pleads for both sides to work together in Minnesota and a monocled (!) tenor signs to DG.

Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life.

Listen Divinity From Dust: The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'

November 15, 2012 – Ambient music composer William Basinski's masterpiece is the sound of audio tapes falling apart.

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