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With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.

Read How Is The White House Like The Opera House?

November 1, 2012 – Watch excerpts from contemporary operas that grapple with today's top political issues head-on.

Brian Stokes Mitchell records A Lincoln Portrait at NPR's Studio 4A in April.

Read From 'Glee' To Gettysburg: Brian Stokes Mitchell Speaks For Lincoln

July 4, 2012 – The Broadway star talks about his new recording of Copland's Lincoln Portrait for NPR Music.


Abraham Lincoln's words were set to music by Aaron Copland in 1942, not long after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Listen Copland's 'Lincoln Portrait': Honest Abe's Oratory, Tailored For Orchestra

July 2, 2012 – Hear a performance of Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait with Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell.

In these times of instability in the recording industry, more and more Symphony Orchestras (like the Cincinnati Symphony, photographed here) are making their own albums.

Read Charting Their Own Paths: Top 5 Orchestral Albums Produced In-house WGBH

December 15, 2011 – Once contracted to big labels, orchestras are now releasing their own impressive recordings. WGBH

Manhattan, Copland's "Quiet City," at night.

Read Aaron Copland's Forgotten Score Re-Emerges

November 12, 2011 – The orchestral version of Quiet City is fairly well known, but there's more to this story.


Composer Henry Brant took 36 years to transform the "Concord" sonata by Charles Ives into a full-fledged symphony.

Listen Charles Ives' 'Concord' Sonata As A Symphony

May 12, 2011 – The maverick composer spent 43 years on his sonata; it took Henry Brant 36 years to orchestrate it.


Guitarist Jason Vieaux loves the wide open spaces in Aaron Copland's music.

Watch Guilty Pleasures: Jason Vieaux's Open Prairie Passions

March 18, 2011 – The guitarist admits a penchant for Copland's Americana without the least bit of guilt.

Listen Pops Conductor Erich Kunzel Dies At 74

September 1, 2009 – Hear the exuberant conductor lead his Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in music by Strauss and Copland.


Aaron Copland captured the sound of America's wide open spaces with surprisingly simple techniques.

Listen Aaron Copland's American Vision

July 1, 2009 – Copland's pure, American sound flows from two simple chords in Appalachian Spring.


Listen N.Y. Philharmonic Bids Farewell To Clarinetist

June 2, 2009 – After 60 years, Stanley Drucker gives his final performances with the orchestra.


Listen The Pastoral Power of 'Appalachian Spring'

March 24, 2009 – Aaron Copland's clear, light and open textures give his ballet a quiet strength.


Listen Abraham Lincoln: A Portrait In Music And Words APM

February 12, 2009 – The U.S. Marine Band plays Aaron Copland's groundbreaking Lincoln Portrait in concert. APM


An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition.

Listen Bold Beginnings: The Art Of The Opening Notes

January 5, 2009 – Hear Rob Kapilow discuss the ways composers can set a tone in their works' opening seconds.


Listen Copland: Early Music From America's Composer

December 27, 2008 – Conductor Marin Alsop explores the bold and bucolic sides of Aaron Copland's early music.


A Classical Thanksgiving Harvest WVXU

November 24, 2008 – Five tasty tunes to enjoy while preparing the feast for family and friends on Thanksgiving. WVXU

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