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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read One Way To Solve The Classical Music Labor Crisis

January 11, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Over a quarter century, Naxos Records has evolved from an industry joke to a leading force in classical music.

Read Naxos: The Little Record Label That Could (And Did)

January 13, 2013 – In the past 25 years, Naxos has gone from an industry joke to a major force in classical music.

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Vissarion Shebalin's music, like that of his compatriots Shostakovich and Prokoviev, was denounced by Soviet officials.

Read Classical Lost and Found: The Lighter Side Of Vissarion Shebalin

January 15, 2013 – A Soviet composer's fortunes swayed with the dictates of the regime, from success to condemnation.

Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says.

Listen Andras Schiff's 'Well-Tempered' Guide To Bach APM

January 16, 2013 – The pianist's relationship with the Well-Tempered Clavier is like a successful lifelong marriage. APM

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads the Philadelphia Orchestra, in concert at Carnegie Hall.

Read The Philadelphia Orchestra At Carnegie Hall WQXR

January 17, 2013 – The famed "Philadelphia Sound" comes to New York in music by Ravel and Shostakovich. WQXR

"Music modulates levels of dopamine in the brain which is a chemical responsible for reward and pleasure," says author Daniel Levitin.

Read Who Needs Drugs When You've Got Music?

January 17, 2013 – When triggered by sound, chemicals in the brain can give rise to feelings of intense pleasure.

Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada, who has just been named as the next music director of the Houston Symphony.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 18, 2013 – A new face for Houston, an acid attack on the Bolshoi Ballet chief and that nine-day tenure in NJ.

Tuner Classic Movies.

Read Tuner Classic Movies

January 18, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters during the 1963 March on Washington and President Barack Obama speaks at his first inauguration in 2009.

Read Obama's 'Hope And Virtue' Distilled In A Song

January 19, 2013 – Words from the president's first inaugural address have been set to music on a new album.

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The mountainside Montserrat monastery, north of Barcelona, inspired Paul Moravec to write a cello concerto.

Read Musical Google Earth: Composer Paul Moravec's Sense Of Place

January 22, 2013 – The Pulitzer Prize winner composer has written appealing pieces inspired by far flung locations.

Reneé Fleming (right) and Susan Graham — two "cheerful Americans" often mistaken for each other — are planning an intimate evening of French song.

Read Reneé Fleming And Susan Graham At Carnegie Hall

January 23, 2013 – The two opera stars will conjure the intimate atmosphere of the 19th-century Parisian salon.

A new study claims that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

Read Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

January 23, 2013 – A new study says that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

Anne Akiko Meyers, holding the "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, which reportedly sold for a record price. She says the anonymous buyer has offered her use of the instrument for life.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 25, 2013 – Anne Akiko Meyer's newest super-pricey fiddle and leadership changes from Munich to New York.

Why Time Warner Cable Dropped Ovation.

Read Why Time Warner Cable Dropped Ovation

January 25, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

The Nazis imprisoned Czech composer Rudolf Karel (shown here in a sketch from 1945) for helping the resistance in Prague. He wrote his compositions down on toilet paper.

Read Honoring 'Our Will To Live': The Lost Music Of The Holocaust

January 25, 2013 – An Italian musicologist is resurrecting works written in World War II camps.

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In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy.

Watch New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

January 25, 2013 – After a Pulitzer, a Tony and several Oscar nods, Doubt returns to the stage, this time as an opera.

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The Ebene Quartet performs at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn, New York, in August 2012.

Watch The Ebene Quartet Powers Through Mendelssohn

January 25, 2013 – Watch one of today's top string quartets delve deep at a Brooklyn bookstore.

Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies.

Read Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice

January 26, 2013 – Haden's new album, Petra Goes to the Movies, recasts movie scores in an a cappella setting.

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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers.

Watch Meet The Musical Mendelssohns: Felix And Fanny

January 28, 2013 – String quartets by the siblings are featured in a new album by the venturesome Ebène Quartet.

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Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim (center) brought members of his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (including his son Michael Barenboim, left, and Kinan Azmeh) to the intimate spaces of Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge.

Watch Daniel Barenboim And Members Of The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra WQXR

January 29, 2013 – NPR Music and WQXR host an intimate evening that spans great Western and Middle Eastern music. WQXR

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Watch A Little Part Of Poulenc In All Of Us

January 30, 2013 – Recalling the brilliant contradictions in the French composer on the 50th anniversary of his death.

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.

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.

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 1, 2013 – Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.

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