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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 1, 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.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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