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Pioneering American violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920).

Watch 94 Years After Her Death, Maud Powell Finally Wins A Grammy

January 26, 2014 – Born in 1867, Powell paved the way for female — and American — violinists around the world.


Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.

Watch New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014 – In this year's Grammy Awards, the classical music was as new as the pop.

Detroit Symphony Orchestras perform at IKEA.

Watch Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store

January 27, 2014 – If only all trips to IKEA could be so lifted by great music.

Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain.

Read Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

January 30, 2014 – Annie Proulx's powerful short story has expanded into an opera by Pulitzer winner Charles Wuorinen.


It comes down to rhythm, melody, harmony and color.

Watch 4 Ways To Hear More In Music

January 30, 2014 – A cheat sheet for diving deep into music's basic components: rhythm, melody, harmony and color.

Bach, a 14-week-old Bernedoodle, is one of the competing canines in this year's Puppy Bowl.

Read In The Puppy Bowl, Bach Goes To The Dogs

January 31, 2014 – A Bernese Mountain Dog named Bach is taking the field in Sunday's Puppy Bowl.

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera The Passenger tells the story of an Auschwitz prisoner and a Nazi guard, whose lives continue to interweave after the the war.

Read A Holocaust Tale Unfolds On Two Levels

February 1, 2014 – An opera by an Auschwitz survivor, who never saw it staged, is getting a US debut after 50 years.


Karen Marie Richardson (right) plays the title role in the Long Beach Opera's staging of Queenie Pie, the jazz opera Duke Ellington left unfinished when he died in 1974.

Read Duke Ellington's Lost Opera, Forever A Work In Progress

February 2, 2014 – When the prolific composer died in 1974, he left one of his most ambitious projects unfinished.


Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) presents the "Hero of Labour" award to conductor Valery Gergiev, head of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Watch Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro

February 4, 2014 – The gifted conductor sparked controversy with comments on Russia's anti-gay legislation.


A Stradivarius violin is pictured in December 2009 at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris.

Read Stolen Stradivarius Found By Milwaukee Police

February 6, 2014 – "Lipinski" was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster last week.


Takashi Niigaki stepped forward today in Japan as the ghostwriter for popular composer Mamoru Samuragochi — and added another twist to the breaking story.

Watch Update: 'I Have Begun To Hear A Little Again'

February 6, 2014 – And maybe he isn't deaf, either. In the shadow of the Sochi Olympics, a sudden revelation of fraud.

Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch star in the opera Brokeback Mountain.

Read Seen The 'Brokeback Mountain' Movie? Now Watch The Opera

February 6, 2014 – The opera by a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer is streaming for free for the next 90 days.

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the film Philomena.

Read 'Philomena' And The Power Of A Quiet Film Score

February 8, 2014 – The film's Oscar-nominated music, says composer Alexandre Desplat, isn't meant to follow the action.


Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles.

Read Monastic Life At The Top Of The Charts

February 11, 2014 – Despite successful album sales, "life just flows along" for the singing sisters at the abbey.


Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello met in music school. Now married, the couple sings together around the world — as in Gounod's Romeo and Juliet at Opera Philadelphia in 2001.

Read Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

February 11, 2014 – For Valentine's Day, lovebirds who happen to make beautiful music together.

Violinist-turned-Olympian Vanessa-Mae checks out her fellow skiers in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 10.

Read Fiddler On The Slopes

February 12, 2014 – Crossover violinist Vanessa-Mae will be skiing in the women's giant slalom in Sochi next Tuesday.

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento, member Katy Perry and president Paul Williams at the 2012 Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, Calif.

Read Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug Of War

February 13, 2014 – For the performing-rights group ASCAP, nearly every victory has come as the result of litigation.


Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the pilot of Mozart in the Jungle as a hyper-charming young conductor on the rise.

Watch Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons

February 13, 2014 – The most important achievement of a new TV pilot and movie? Giving classical musicians lives.

Pianist Yuja Wang playing Prokofiev's Toccata, Op. 11 at the Steinway and Sons factory in Queens, New York.

Watch On A Chilly Factory Floor, Yuja Wang's Piano Sizzles

February 19, 2014 – We took one of the world's most buzzed-about pianists to the Steinway factory in Queens.

Ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White visit the set of the NBC TODAY Show in Sochi on February 18, 2014.

Read We Don't Love Him Just For The Twizzles

February 19, 2014 – What does the champ do after winning gold in Sochi? Play Vivaldi on the violin, of course.

Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s.

Watch Gil Shaham And When The World 'Got Much Smaller, Much Faster'

February 24, 2014 – The star violinist's new project goes to the heart of the 1930s, when dazzle and sorrow commingled.


William Butler of Arcade Fire: not the most typical contender for Best Original Score.

Watch And The Oscar Goes To ... Mr. 'Star Wars' Or Arcade Fire?

February 27, 2014 – The contenders to win an Oscar for Best Original Score in 2014 are anything but typical.

Egyptian singer-songwriter Ramy Essam, in the heady early days at Tahrir Square in 2011.

Watch Music Takes Center Stage In Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

February 28, 2014 – 20 Feet from Stardom, The Square and The Lady in Number 6 use musicians to frame out big ideas.

Philippe Jaroussky's new album is Farinelli: Porpora Arias.

Read Philippe Jaroussky And The Impossibly High Male Voice

March 2, 2014 – The singer's new album takes on the repertoire of a famous 18th-century castrato.


Violinist Augustin Hadelich pairs a classic concerto with a contemporary one on this new album.

Read First Listen: Augustin Hadelich, 'Sibelius, Adès: Violin Concertos'

March 2, 2014 – On his new album, the 29-year-old violinist finds connections in two seemingly disparate concertos.

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