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Conductor Valery Gergiev leads the National Youth Orchestra through its first rehearsal with the maestro, at Purchase College outside New York City.

Read From Carnegie Hall, A Youth Orchestra That's A National First

July 13, 2013 – The country's best teen musicians are going on tour, with top-notch training and some famous help.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read In Rehearsal: Slo-Mo Ma And Emanuel Accelerated

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

Vi Hart explains twelve-tone serialism on YouTube.

Watch Schoenberg Doesn't Suck: Serialism Demystified

July 11, 2013 – On YouTube, Vi Hart explains dodecaphony in incredibly entertaining lay terms.

Opera approaches the bench: The legal arguments of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have been turned into a stage drama.

Read Scalia V. Ginsburg: Supreme Court Sparring, Put To Music

July 10, 2013 – In the justices' opinions, recent law school graduate Derrick Wang heard an opera.


Some of the 200 guitarists who took part in Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival in August 2009.

Read Electric Guitars Amp Up New Classical Music

July 10, 2013 – From minimalists to maximalists, composers have found new uses for the electric guitar.

Modern hymn writers Kristyn and Keith Getty run through their song "In Christ Alone" at their home near Nashville's Music Row.

Watch Modern Hymn Writers Aim To Take Back Sunday

July 8, 2013 – With the help of a few songwriters, traditional church hymns are experiencing a bit of a revival.


The Benedict Music Tent in Aspen.

Read Music Is The Mission, Not Money

July 8, 2013 – The president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival, Alan Fletcher, delivers some trenchant words.

Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon.

Read Behind The Music: Charles Ives

July 5, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Conductor JoAnn Falletta.

Read The Innovative Mosaic Of American Symphonies

July 3, 2013 – Conductor JoAnn Falletta asks: Does a great American symphony even have to be a symphony?


Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich?

Read In Search Of The Great American Symphony

July 2, 2013 – If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony?

Maya Beiser performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 9, 2013.

Watch Maya Beiser: Tiny Desk Concert

June 29, 2013 – A brilliant cellist with a stunning command of her instrument, Beiser performs at the NPR offices.


The Boston Pops rehearses for its Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on July 3, 2012, at the Charles River Esplanade.

Read Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

June 29, 2013 – In the 1970s, the Boston Pops turned a Russian composition into an Independence Day staple.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read The Wunder Years: Sloppy Johann

June 28, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

At the Moab Festival in Utah, patrons can hike to a secret spot to hear concerts.

Read Hit The Road And Hear Some Music: Summer Classical Festivals 2013

June 26, 2013 – As summer heats up, so do dozens of classical music festivals all around the country.

Mezzo soprano Jamie Barton, who won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition Sunday night.

Watch Meet The 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World

June 24, 2013 – 31-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton walked away with both the main prize and the song award.

Pablo Helguera for NPR.

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

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