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San Francisco Symphony plays John Adams.

Listen NPR Classical's Favorite Albums Of 2012 (So Far)

June 13, 2012 – The NPR Classical team discusses and spins a variety of favorite new discs and downloads.


Conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas.

Read Around The Classical Internet: March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 – Yiddish- and English-speaking mavericks, students too cool for middle school and much more.

Composer John Adams.

Read The Best Classical Album of 2012?

March 27, 2012 – Hear an excerpt from a brilliant new recording of music by one of today's most essential composers.

Composer Meredith Monk being interviewed during the 'American Mavericks' event at The Greene Space, New York City, on March 26, 2012.

Read 'American Mavericks' In Performance And Conversation Q2

March 23, 2012 – An evening with Michael Tilson Thomas, John Adams, Meredith Monk and Jeremy Denk. Q2

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

The San Francisco Symphony  launches its centennial season with a concert and webcast tonight. Music director Michael Tilson Thomas (front, right) conducts.

Read The San Francisco Symphony At 100

September 7, 2011 – Celebrate the orchestra's centennial with recordings old and new.

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.


Projections on the giant sails of the Sydney Opera House, which served as the venue for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra concert.

Watch YouTube Symphony: Multimedia Is The Message

March 21, 2011 – Did the tech-savvy event mark a new era in classical music?

New World Center (exterior)

Read The New World Symphony In Concert APM

January 25, 2011 – In its new Frank Gehry-designed hall, the orchestra played Wagner, Copland and a world premiere. APM

Listen City By City, A Night At The Symphony

June 11, 2009 – Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews new live recordings from orchestras across the U.S.


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 Charles Ives' Rambunctious 'Fourth Of July'

July 6, 2008 – The maverick composer wove a mish-mash of sounds into his musical portrait of the American holiday.


Listen 'New World' Grads Approach a Musical Bridge

April 24, 2005 – Young classical musicians finishing a three-year program must now find jobs in classical music.


Listen At New World, Young Musicians Expand Skills

January 23, 2005 – Miami's New World Symphony offers a unique educational environment for talented young musicians.


Listen Michael Tilson Thomas' New World Symphony

November 21, 2004 – A training orchestra for young musicians, the New World Symphony brings classical music to Miami.


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