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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.

Read Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

September 29, 2012 – Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, which raises many questions.


Seiji Ozawa and Arthur Fielder, aboard a train during Tanglewood on Parade, 1975.

Read 75 Years Of Tanglewood In Pictures

July 2, 2012 – A treasure trove of archival photos from the beloved Berkshires festival.

Richard Strauss' iconic opening to Also Sprach Zarathustra evokes a sense of vastness and power, Marin Alsop says.

Read Alsop Sprach Zarathustra: Decoding Strauss' Tone Poem

January 14, 2012 – Marin Alsop investigates the alluring power behind the grand opening of Also Sprach Zarathustra.


Perfect pairings: wine, food and music.

Read Perfect Pairings: Programming Wine With Music

November 22, 2011 – Suggestions from one of Chicago's top sommeliers — a former professional percussionist.

Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, circa 1886. The 200th anniversary of his birth falls on Oct. 22.

Listen Guest DJ Leif Ove Andsnes' Liszt List

October 20, 2011 – Hear the acclaimed pianist discuss and spin his favorite Liszt recordings.


Carnegie Hall in 1891, the year it opened with a concert featuring Tchaikovsky conducting.

Read Carnegie Hall: 120 Years, Thousands Of Great Performances

October 5, 2011 – To celebrate: five remarkable clips filmed at the world's most famous classical venue.

This little girl in Washington, DC survived the August 23, 2011 earthquake just fine.

Read Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

August 24, 2011 – A lighthearted look at some musical rumblings.

This lad looks less than enthused about classical music. (Actually, it's a very young Nigel Kennedy, captured by a cameraman in 1964.)

Watch How Do You Introduce Classical Music To Kids?

May 16, 2011 – How do you get kids enthralled about the music you adore? (Should you even try?)

Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel

Read Dudamel At The Movies: Mixed Reactions On The Morning After

January 10, 2011 – The L.A. Philharmonic's uneven debut cinecast proved that the orchestra is still the star.

Marin Alsop In Motion

Read Best Musical Moments Of 2010: Marin Alsop's 'Mass' Appeal

December 8, 2010 – The canny conductor almost single-handedly revived excitement for Bernstein's misunderstood, Mass.

Which composer would you choose to have dinner with?

Read Dead Composers At Your Dinner Table

November 5, 2010 – This week, we asked the question: which long-gone composer would make the perfect dinner guest.


Listen Teachers Who Made A Difference: Marin Alsop's Math and Music Mentors

October 12, 2010 – The conductor gained life lessons from Leonard Bernstein and math from a devoted algebra teacher.

Baritone Thomas Hampson

Read Thomas Hampson's Hand-Picked Mahler

July 6, 2010 – To mark the composer's 150th birthday, baritone Thomas Hampson reflects on Mahler's vocal music.

Gustav Mahler, composer

Listen A Composer On The Couch: Mahler Meets Freud

July 3, 2010 – Conductor Marin Alsop's latest adventure muses on a meeting between Gustav Mahler and Sigmund Freud


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Listen Mahler's Apocalyptic Second Symphony

December 29, 2009 – Mahler answered the metaphysical challenge of Beethoven's Ninth with the "Resurrection" Symphony.


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