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David Aaron Carpenter plays the 'Macdonald' Stradivarius viola at Sotheby's auction house for NPR in April.

Read What's Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

June 24, 2014 – The sale of the most expensive musical instrument in history could be announced Wednesday.



Read Ab-Soul: 'It's A Lot'

June 20, 2014 – The philosophical rapper says he has high expectations of his audience and what he's made for them.

Elizabeth Grant, better known by her stage name, Lana Del Rey.

Watch Darkness Comes Alive: The Paradox Of Lana Del Rey

June 20, 2014 – Pop's most divisive new star is more than the sum of her influences, says critic Barry Walters.

Debutantes in the opening waltz of the 2011 Vienna Opera Ball. The head of the Vienna Institute for Strauss Research calls the waltz "Austria's premier cultural export."

Read A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

June 18, 2014 – Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe.


David Bowie in September of 1974 onstage in Los Angeles.

Watch Who Can I Be Now? How David Bowie Spent 1974

June 15, 2014 – The U.S. tour that Bowie began 40 years ago this weekend was an incubator for his transformations.

Casey Kasem, in 1975.

Watch Casey Kasem, An Iconic Voice Of American Radio

June 15, 2014 – There was a time when you didn't know what the No. 1 song in America was until Casey Kasem said so.


Percussionist Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. perform together in Rome in 2013.

Read Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

June 14, 2014 – Jazz musicians like Sheila E. and Ralph Peterson got the percussion bug from their fathers.

Flame Collective.

Read In Time For The World Cup, Explorative New Music From Brazil WBGO

June 13, 2014 – As the world's eyes turn to Brazil, hear five songs from Rio's jazz-influenced Flame Collective. WBGO


"She has like a complete vision of music," Fernandez Miró (left) says of Silvia Perez Cruz. "She's not thinking just about vocals, about the voice. She's thinking about everything."

Watch A Catalan Singer With Many Brave And Treacherous Stories To Tell

June 7, 2014 – "The song has to have a story that I believe in and I can make my own," Silvia Perez Cruz says.


A prop maker readies a portrait of Octavian (Tara Erraught) in advance of the first performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the Glyndebourne Festival last month.

Read What Weeks Of Debate Have Shown Us About Women In Classical Music

June 3, 2014 – When a fat-shaming furor roils the classical world, we look closer at how women are valued onstage.

A still from the album trailer for Daft Punk's Random Access Memories.

Watch A Rational Conversation: Album Trailers, Really?

June 3, 2014 – Amy Phillips, who runs Pitchfork News, debates if they're cheap promo pieces or creative outlets.

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, creator of contemplative music, photographed in 1990 by influential patron Betty Freeman.

Read The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

June 2, 2014 – The composer's contemplative yet powerful music is popular beyond the borders of classical music.


Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.

Read Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

May 28, 2014 – "It's just like the Empire State Building or the White House. It's a monument."


Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Read Read Joyce DiDonato's Inspiring Juilliard Commencement Speech

May 28, 2014 – A star mezzo shares some forthright — and inspiring — thoughts about making a life as an artist.

The 85 musicians in the Santa Cecilia Orchestra are paid professionals who play with other symphonies and in Hollywood studios.

Read How Do You Get Latino Kids Into Classical Music? Bring The Parents

May 27, 2014 – "If they hold an instrument, they will not take a drug," says conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega.


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