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Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.

Watch The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

December 19, 2012 – An upcoming documentary highlights one extraordinary orchestra in Paraguay; watch the trailer.

On their new album, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Thomas Adès guide the listener to far-flung locales, conjured by an odd assortment of composers.

Read When A Thoughtful Cellist Meets An Imaginative Composer

December 18, 2012 – Cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist-composer Thomas Adès shine in a recital of disparate pieces.

Myrlie Evers-Williams leads her three children — Reena (from left), Van and Darrell — at the family piano, circa 1965.

Read A Civil Rights Figure's Long Road — To Carnegie Hall

December 15, 2012 – An educator and activist for decades, Myrlie Evers-Williams is fulfilling a long-held musical dream.

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Andre Rieu's latest release is an album and DVD of Christmas music called Home for the Holidays.

Read Andre Rieu On The Allure Of The Waltz

December 15, 2012 – The Dutch violinist and conductor is one of the most successful classical artists in history.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Every Time Quasthoff Sings An Angel Gets His Wings

December 14, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

The late sitar master and Indian cultural legend Ravi Shankar performing in Bangalore in February 2012.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 14, 2012 – A string of sorrow this week after four artists' deaths, tempered by one very uplifting orchestra.

Pianist Jeremy Denk, whose album of Ligeti and Beethoven landed on our Top 10 Classical of 2012.

Listen Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2012

December 13, 2012 – Ten albums released this year that you absolutely, positively won't want to miss.

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The late sitarist, composer and musical ambassador Ravi Shankar, who died Tuesday at age 92.

Read 5 Essential Ravi Shankar Recordings

December 12, 2012 – Ravi Shankar was an intrepid musical explorer. Hear five of his collaborations you must know.

Soprano Galina Vishnevskaya was once caleld the "Russian Maria Callas" for her intense interpretations.

Watch Outspoken Russian Diva And Muse Galina Vishnevskaya Dies At 86

December 11, 2012 – The soprano was known for her electrifying performances and her dissident political views.

Prominent musicians remember American composer Elliott Carter (who would have turned 104 today) through his music. Carter died last month.

Read Musicians Remember Elliott Carter

December 11, 2012 – From singers to conductors, musicians pay homage to Elliott Carter by discussing his music.

Gustavo Dudamel conducts Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Read Gustavo Dudamel Leads The Simon Bolivar Symphony At Carnegie Hall WQXR

December 11, 2012 – Gustavo Dudamel brings the young Venezuelan orchestra and thrilling Latin music to Carnegie Hall. WQXR

Swiss soprano Lisa Della Casa's sweet and silvery voice was perfect for the music of Richard Strauss.

Watch Soprano Lisa Della Casa, Strauss And Mozart Specialist, Dies At 93

December 11, 2012 – The Swiss soprano with the sweet and silvery voice was a regular in Vienna and New York.

President Barack Obama and the late pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, after Rosen was presented with a 2011 National Humanities Medal on February 13.

Read Remembering Charles Rosen, A Prodigious Pianist And Polymath

December 11, 2012 – The extraordinarily wide-ranging pianist, scholar and essayist died at age 85 on Sunday.

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The epic strings and chanting monks of the Halo series are just some of the video-game sounds reinterpreted by Angèle Dubeau on her new album, Game Music.

Read A Classical Musician's Game Theory

December 10, 2012 – Violinist Angèle Dubeau has added the music of Halo and Angry Birds to her repertoire.

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On Silfra, violinist Hilary Hahn improvises with prepared pianist Hauschka.

Read A Bald Mezzo And Three Shades Of Violin: Classical Favorites From 2012

December 9, 2012 – NPR's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin an eclectic set of the year's best classical recordings.

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