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Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.

Read Merritt And Dinnerstein: Bridging Their Worlds

March 23, 2013 – The new album Night is the collaborative effort of an alt-country singer and a classical pianist.


Composer, choreographer, filmmaker and vocalists Meredith Monk performs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Watch Marches Madness: A Dancer's Joy

March 22, 2013 – Meredith Monk's march lives up to its "Light" name — it's a pure distillation of joy.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Unannounced Symphony

March 22, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

The late American mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens in her signature role as Carmen.

Watch Remembering Risë Stevens, A Star Of Opera And Pop Culture

March 21, 2013 – The mezzo with the smoky, sultry voice defined Carmen for generations. Stevens died Wednesday at 99.

Mahler's ironic funeral march, in his first symphony, was inspired by this woodcut of forest animals bearing the hunter to his grave.

Watch Marches Madness: Mahler's Twisted Nursery Rhyme

March 21, 2013 – Crafting a funeral march out of a children's song made Mahler's very first symphony a game changer.

We have a 1921 Iowa state law to thank for an increased interest in band music.

Watch Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

March 20, 2013 – Hear a Wisconsin band play the Iowa Band Law March, which celebrates municipal support of music.

Mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry (center) in a 2010 production of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha at the Châtelet Theater in Paris.

Watch Marches Madness: High-Stepping To Scott Joplin

March 19, 2013 – Scott Joplin's only opera ends with a slow march that's "happy as a bird in June."

Lisa Batiashvili plays the Stradivarius used to help birth Brahms' great Violin Concerto in D.

Read Music We Love Now: New Albums Of Bach, Beethoven And Brahms

March 19, 2013 – New albums of music by the "Three Bs" prove going back to basics has its advantages.

For his zany opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev wrote a little march that made it big.

Watch Marches Madness: Freshly Squeezed Oranges In 4/4 Time

March 18, 2013 – An opera about oranges offers a jaunty little march and one of Prokofiev's best-loved melodies.

A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.

Watch How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

March 17, 2013 – An Argentine composer's vivid Passion According to St. Mark presents "a Latin American Jesus."


Watch Marches Madness: Beware Friday The 15th!

March 15, 2013 – For the Ides of March, Respighi's blazing "Pines of the Appian Way" will make you feel like Caesar.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Stradivari Is My Co-Pilot

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

Pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who jump-started her stalled-out career by posting videos on YouTube.

Watch The Classical Pianist With 55 Million YouTube Hits

March 14, 2013 – First get millions of fans, then the recording contract: still a new idea in classical music.

A marching band perfroms before the introduction of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday in Vatican City.

Watch Marches Madness: Heralding The Pope

March 14, 2013 – Before the introduction of Pope Francis, a marching band played Charles Gounod's Pontifical March.

The newly elected Pope Francis (formerly known as opera lover and Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio) appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013 in Vatican City.

Read Breaking: Pope Francis Loves Opera

March 13, 2013 – Pretty much the first thing that Cardinal Egan shared about the new pontiff? That he loves opera.

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