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Read In Sharpness And In Tune

June 21, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Daniel Stepner performs on the violin once owned by Mozart himself.

Watch Mozart's Violin Comes To Boston, Live In Concert WGBH

June 19, 2013 – Mozart himself never made it to America — but his violin and viola did. Hear and see them played. WGBH


Three of today's most fascinating violinists have new albums, including Augustin Hadelich, who pairs off with Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.

Read Distinctive Voices: Three Must-Hear Violin Albums

June 18, 2013 – Sweet melodies by Bach and haunting sounds of Morton Feldman enliven new albums.

So Percussion.

Watch Wired: Come Hear New Music That Uses The Manhattan Bridge

June 17, 2013 – Come hear a singular world premiere at Make Music New York — using the Manhattan Bridge.

Violinist Amandine Beyer holds Mozart's own violin backstage at Boston's Jordan Hall on Monday.

Read Playing Mozart — On Mozart's Violin

June 14, 2013 – Hearing — and holding — Mozart's own instruments is a thrill like no other.


Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read An Inconvenient Tune

June 14, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character.

Read A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

June 12, 2013 – Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene examines the titular figure's relationship to Jesus.


Angélica Negrón gives Q2 Music a tour of her apartment.

Watch Angélica Negrón On Q2 Music's 'Spaces' Q2

June 12, 2013 – Watch the creative Puerto Rican-born composer show off her vintage keyboards and music boxes. Q2

Cliburn medalists Beatrice Rana, second place winner; Vadym Kholodenko, first place winner; and Sean Chen, third place winner, receive applause from the audience at the final awards ceremony at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on Sunday.

Read Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition KERA

June 10, 2013 – Vadym Kholodenko, 26, takes home the $50,000 purse, plus three years of professional management. KERA


David Finckel is a longtime member of the Emerson String Quartet. Journeys: Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg is his last recording with the group.

Read David Finckel On The Emerson Quartet's Changing Of The Guard

June 9, 2013 – The quartet's new album is the last to feature the cellist, a longtime member of the group.


Artists from the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, capital of China.

Watch Why Being Stuck On A Tarmac With The Philly Orchestra Rocks

June 7, 2013 – Four members of the Philadelphia Orchestra turned a three-hour flight delay into something magical.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Cage-y Consumer

June 7, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong, 22, performs at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. The Juilliard School graduate student is among six musicians chosen for the final round.

Read The Cliburn Competition After Van

June 5, 2013 – The iconic pianist died earlier this year, leaving behind a prestigious piano competition.


Soprano Natalie Dessay, with tenor Charles Castonovo, in Philippe Béziat's documentary Becoming Traviata.

Watch 'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain

June 4, 2013 – For a film built from rehearsals on a bare stage, there's a surprising amount of drama.

Conrad Tao's new album, Voyages, comes out June 11.

Read First Listen: Conrad Tao, 'Voyages'

June 2, 2013 – On Voyages, the pianist journeys down varied and alluring pathways that lead to transcendent beauty.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Amid The Pulsars Without A Pulse

May 31, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.

Watch 100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

May 29, 2013 – Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere and its longevity.


Imani Winds performs a Tiny Desk Concert in February 2013.

Read Imani Winds: Tiny Desk Concert

May 29, 2013 – Imani Winds' members shrink Igor Stravinsky down to size in a quintet take on The Rite of Spring.

A still from Ann Robideaux' choreography for the last minute of The Rite of Spring.

Watch We Asked, You Created: Your 'Rite Of Spring' Videos

May 29, 2013 – Check out our favorite videos from our Rite of Spring call — ranging from beautiful to nutty.

Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava and jazz musician Vijay Iyer's project Radhe Radhe: a visually and sonically dazzling collaboration.

Read Colors Swirl In A Real Rite Of Spring

May 28, 2013 – Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava transport Stravinsky's ideas to India.

Stephen Malinowski's "visualized" Rite of Spring.

Watch Watch A Mind-Blowing Visualization Of 'The Rite Of Spring'

May 27, 2013 – The animator of Bjork's Biophilia has created an illuminating path into Stravinsky's music.

Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.

Watch Why Jazz Musicians Love 'The Rite Of Spring'

May 26, 2013 – Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's ballet has inspired generations of improvisers.

Leonard Bernstein leads the London Symphony Orchestra. He called Stravinsky's famously savage Rite of Spring "extremely tuneful and dancy, rhythmically seductive, beguiling."

Watch Leonard Bernstein's 'Rite of Spring' Thrill Ride

May 25, 2013 – Watch the conductor take flight leading the London Symphony in Stravinsky's iconic score.

An image from the 2013 production of Le Sacre du Printemps by the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, reflects the hard jumps and stamps of Vaslav Nijinsky's original choreography.

Read Then The Curtain Opened: The Bracing Impact Of Stravinsky's 'Rite'

May 25, 2013 – The ballet premiered in 1913, provoking a response just as striking as the music and dance.


Don't be caught "Stravinsky deficient" as the big centennial of his Rite of Spring approaches.

Read The Cocktail Party Guide To Igor Stravinsky

May 24, 2013 – Get a crash course in Stravinsky as the 100th anniversary of his iconic Rite of Spring approaches.

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