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Ingolf Wunder pays tribute to 300 years of keyboard music on his new album 300.

Read Three Must-Hear Piano Albums

April 23, 2013 – Three new records prove the old box of wires and hammers called the piano still draws top players.

David Lang's new album, Death Speaks, comes out April 30.

Read First Listen: David Lang, 'Death Speaks'

April 21, 2013 – Aided by Schubert and four stellar musicians, the Pulitzer-winning composer ponders the afterlife.

Caroline Shaw, who composed the piece Partita for 8 Voices for her vocal group Roomful of Teeth, is the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Read A Moment With Pulitzer-Winning Composer Caroline Shaw

April 20, 2013 – Shaw says writing her prize-winning piece meant extracting sounds that only existed in her head.


The Dresden Staatskapelle's principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, asserts that Anton Bruckner's music, in its long-winding search for beauty, is the perfect antidote for modern life. He and the orchestra brought Bruckner's Symphony No. 8 to Carnegie Hall on April 19, 2013.

Listen Carnegie Hall Live: Dresden Staatskapelle Plays Bruckner WQXR

April 19, 2013 – A venerable orchestra brings Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, and its new conductor, to New York. WQXR


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Art Of The Centri-Fugue

April 19, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

In her latest video message, opera star Joyce DiDonato ponders the art of loneliness on the road.

Watch How Do You Handle Loneliness On The Road?

April 18, 2013 – The refreshingly open American mezzo Joyce DiDonato doles out some great advice.

Colin Davis found power in humility later in his career — and one astonished music journalist.

Listen The Conductor Who Gained Power By Giving It Up

April 17, 2013 – Colin Davis was completely at peace with himself, a confidence that radiated like a sacred aura.


Morton Subotnick in his studio.

Watch Morton Subotnick's Practice Space Q2

April 17, 2013 – Get a glimpse of the first ever analog synthesizer and take a tour of the couple's New York home. Q2

The late trumpeter Bud Herseth,  former principal player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for over 50 years.

Watch Appreciating A Pillar Of The Chicago Sound: Trumpeter Bud Herseth

April 16, 2013 – The legendary trumpeter spent 53 years as principal in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Caroline Shaw, winner of this year's music Pulitzer, performing with the ACME ensemble in New York in September 2012.

Watch Caroline Shaw, 30, Wins Pulitzer For Music

April 15, 2013 – The youthful composer, violinist and vocalist is one of just a handful of female musician winners.

A diva on the town finds her way to NPR's new headquarters.

Read Maria Callas On The Move: A Diva Does D.C.

April 15, 2013 – After a week on the town, NPR Music's cut-out Diva-in-Residence arrives at our new headquarters.

The late Colin Davis conducting the last night of Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall in September 1968.

Watch Remembering Colin Davis, A Conductor Beloved Late In Life

April 14, 2013 – The knighted English conductor who won three Grammys died at age 85 on Sunday.

Rudolph Cronau's drawing of Wagner's opera house, Bayreuth, flanked by his birthplace (left) and place of death.

Read Extreme Drama: The Life And Music Of Richard Wagner

April 13, 2013 – For the bicentennial of the controversial composer's birth, conductor Marin Alsop rethinks Wagner.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Portrait Of The Heldentenor As A Young Man

April 12, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

After 43 seasons, the Tokyo String Quartet launches a farewell tour and serenades Boston with a final concert.

Watch Tokyo String Quartet Bids Boston A Bittersweet Farewell WGBH

April 10, 2013 – After 43 seasons, the revered ensemble calls it quits, leaving Boston with music by Haydn and Ravel. WGBH


Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Cristina Pato perform during Ma's Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center.

Watch Can Yo-Yo Ma Fix The Arts?

April 9, 2013 – In a recent lecture on the arts, the eclectic cellist made a plea for the power of diversity.

Dr. Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson) and Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardellini) celebrate New Year's Eve with Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as the sixth season of Mad Men opens.

Read Chopin's 'Mad Men' Cameo

April 8, 2013 – Chopin's music had a cameo in the AMC series' sixth-season opener.

Violinist Bronislaw Huberman in a 1900 photo, taken when he was 18 years old.

Watch How A Violinist Saved 1,000 Jews In World War II

April 4, 2013 – The story of violinist Bronisław Huberman and his heroic efforts inspired a new documentary film.

Robert Ward won a Pulitzer for bringing Arthur Miller's play The Crucible to the opera stage.

Watch Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Robert Ward

April 3, 2013 – The composer is best remembered for his operatic retelling of Arthur Miller's play The Crucible.

Pianist Jonathan Biss and members of the Elias String Quartet brought their Schumann: Under the Influence program to Carnegie Hall.

Listen Carnegie Hall Live: Jonathan Biss And The Elias String Quartet

April 2, 2013 – Hear one of today's finest young pianists and an English string quartet play Schumann and new music.


Local musicians upstage the Lochlannach Philharmonic by releasing their own recording.

Listen Lochlannach Phil Lockout Jump-Started By Kickstarter

April 1, 2013 – A beloved regional orchestra in Minnesota goes from pro to am — with surprising results.


President Barack Obama helps a young participant roll an egg during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on April 9, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Watch Marching To 'Easter Monday On The White House Lawn'

April 1, 2013 – One of John Philip Sousa's happiest marches depicts the day each year when kids rule in Washington.

Jazz composer Maria Schneider (left) and soprano Dawn Upshaw collaborated on the new album Winter Morning Walks.

Read Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks

April 1, 2013 – A soprano and a jazz composer explore work by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.


Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.

Watch Jace Clayton Revives A Forgotten Voice From New York's Vanguard

March 29, 2013 – Clayton's new album is a tribute to Julius Eastman, a singular composer who burned out too early.


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