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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Jailhouse Bach

February 15, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Composer Peter Lieberson wrote his Neruda Songs for his wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

Read Measures Of Affection: Five Musical Love Letters

February 14, 2013 – For ages composers have written love letters, but not with words on paper. Their language is music.

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Violist Nadia Sirota.

Listen The New Baroque And A Nod To Minnesota

February 12, 2013 – A bottomless bass sings Handel and a soaring symphony by Sibelius are among this week's picks.

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The late American conductor James DePreist.

Read Remembering American Conductor James DePreist

February 8, 2013 – The African-American conductor flourished at a time when few black men led major orchestras.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Psy Opera

February 8, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Composer-performer Max Richter (right) brings his revamped Vivaldi to Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge.

Watch Max Richter In Concert: Reimagining Vivaldi Q2

February 7, 2013 – The inventive composer performs a Four Seasons makeover with violinist Daniel Hope. Q2

At age 21, Russian Daniil Trifonov is making a huge impression in the piano world.

Watch Pianist Daniil Trifonov: Disappearing Into Chopin WGBH

February 6, 2013 – After winning two major competitions, the 21-year-old Russian is reaching for piano perfection. WGBH

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Composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose hour-long chamber opera Sumeida's Song recently appeared on recording and on stage.

Read Lean But Seen: The Joy Of Smaller Opera

February 5, 2013 – An intense yet modestly scaled opera Sumeia's Song by composer Mohammed Fairouz offers a model.

Read Does Classical Music Have A Transgender Problem?

February 4, 2013 – A moving essay in the New York Times by pianist Sara Davis Buechner poses many questions.

Cantus performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Dec. 3, 2012.

Watch Cantus: Tiny Desk Concert

February 4, 2013 – The a cappella ensemble sings widely divergent songs from American, European and Sufi traditions.

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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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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.

Watch Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

February 2, 2013 – Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read I'm OK, You're Slightly Flat

February 1, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

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.

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