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Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.

Watch A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

February 3, 2013 – Once an English teacher and poet, Jim McCormick has become one of country music's hottest lyricists.

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Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Read From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

February 3, 2013 – Young Afghans will be performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S.

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After a decade of lobbying by musicians, it will finally be easier for cellos to fly as comfortably as the people who play them.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

February 1, 2013 – The FAA changes its tune re instruments on planes and the passing of innovator Butch Morris.

Beyonce at the inauguration.

Read Beyoncé On Lip-Syncing: 'I Did Not Feel Comfortable Taking A Risk'

January 31, 2013 – Beyoncé finally put an end to all the talk surrounding her inaugural performance.

The Andrews Sisters (from left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne) in the 1940s. Patty was the star of the sibling act.

Watch Patty Andrews, Leader Of The Andrews Sisters, Dies

January 31, 2013 – The youngest of the boogie-woogie sibling act, Andrews was 94 years old.

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Butch Morris leads a conduction at the 2007 Skopje Jazz Festival in Macedonia.

Read Remembering Butch Morris, The Man Who Conducted Improvisation

January 30, 2013 – With a wide variety of musicians, he pioneered a system of spontaneous arranging called Conduction.

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The cover of Dawn Richard's Goldenheart.

Watch All The Singular Ladies: 6 Women At The Cutting Edge Of R&B

January 30, 2013 – In 2013, women are poised to take the mantle of progressive R&B. Here are a few worth watching.

Butch Morris in Amsterdam in 1986.

Read Butch Morris, Jazz Bandleader And Conductor, Dies

January 29, 2013 – Over 25 years, he pioneered a new system of ensemble improvisation he called conduction.

Postal rates for domestic first-class mail went up just a penny this week, but for businesses that ship packages internationally — like small record labels — the rate increases are much larger.

Read Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels

January 29, 2013 – Shipping CDs and LPs overseas just got more expensive. Labels say costs will trickle down to fans.

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Sun, sand and super cheap downloads.

Read Antigua: Land Of Sun, Sand, And Super Cheap Downloads

January 28, 2013 – As part of a trade dispute, the island nation won the right to use U.S. intellectual property.

Hugh Panaro is The Phantom and Sierra Boggess is Christine in the 25th anniversary cast of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

Read 25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

January 27, 2013 – Phantom on Saturday became the first show in Broadway history to run for a quarter century.

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Jimmy Van Heusen with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s. Van Heusen wrote dozens of songs for the crooner and became Sinatra's close friend and confidant.

Watch The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra

January 26, 2013 – A cool ladies' man with a shaved head, Jimmy Van Heusen wrote dozens of hits and won four Oscars.

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In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy.

Watch New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

January 25, 2013 – After a Pulitzer, a Tony and several Oscar nods, Doubt returns to the stage, this time as an opera.

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The Nazis imprisoned Czech composer Rudolf Karel (shown here in a sketch from 1945) for helping the resistance in Prague. He wrote his compositions down on toilet paper.

Read Honoring 'Our Will To Live': The Lost Music Of The Holocaust

January 25, 2013 – An Italian musicologist is resurrecting works written in World War II camps.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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