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Robert Spano, music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, conducts the Aspen Chamber Symphony. He is a fan of the Third Symphony by Aaron Copland.

Read 5 American Symphonies You Should Know

August 1, 2013 – Five acclaimed American musicians pick favorite homegrown symphonic works.

New York-based composer Mohammed Fairouz.

Read Creating American Symphonies To Tell 'Distinctly American' Stories

July 30, 2013 – "A composer like me couldn't have existed in Europe 150 years ago," says Mohammed Fairouz.


Time For Three performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Watch Time For Three: Tiny Desk Concert

July 27, 2013 – Hear the "classically trained garage band" perform with staggering technique and contagious energy.


New Traffic Signs Near Tanglewood.

Read New Traffic Signs Near Tanglewood

July 26, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Fela Kuti's "Sorrow, Tears and Blood" performed by the Kronos Quartet and the vibrant Abena Koomson and Sahr Ngaujah.

Listen Kronos Quartet: Behind The Scenes And Out Of Doors

July 25, 2013 – Hear world premiere performances by the Kronos Quartet and see their rehearsal process.


Countertenor David Daniels (right) and dancer Reed Luplau in the Santa Fe Opera's world-premiere production of Oscar, based on the life of Oscar Wilde.

Read The High, Heavenly Voice Of David Daniels

July 25, 2013 – Hear a sneak preview from the new opera Oscar, starring the celebrated countertenor as Oscar Wilde.


San Juan Bautista Mission in California, the inspiration for Kevin Puts' Symphony No. 4.

Read Symphonic Music, American Style: 3 Must-Hear Albums

July 24, 2013 – A trio of orchestral albums from our summer-long search for the Great American Symphony.

Soprano Licia Albanese sang the title role in Puccini's Madama Butterfly 72 times at the Metropolitan Opera.

Watch Licia Albanese: An Opera Diva Hits 100

July 22, 2013 – The beloved Met Opera star is revered for her Puccini heroines, especially Madama Butterfly.

Timo Andres' new album, Home Stretch, comes out July 30.

Read First Listen: Timo Andres And The Metropolis Ensemble, 'Home Stretch'

July 21, 2013 – The 27-year-old composer and pianist weaves together the DNA of Mozart, Charles Ives and Brian Eno.

The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.

Watch A Veteran's Piercing True Story Leaps From Page To Stage

July 20, 2013 – The Long Walk, Brian Castner's memoir of PTSD and a difficult homecoming, will soon be an opera.


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Music For His Adoring Fins

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

Pinto leads protesters in song during anti-austerity demonstrations. "I'm just a normal citizen," she says. "I just have this strong instinct of protecting what I love, and I do deeply love my country."

Watch Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

July 18, 2013 – After drowning out the president in song, Ana Maria Pinto now leads choirs of angry Portuguese.


Cellist Angelique Montes, resident advisor Melissa Willams and clarinetist Tom Jeon arrive at Purchase College, State University of New York to begin their NYO-USA adventure.

Read Carnegie Hall's Barnstorming Youth Movement

July 17, 2013 – What does a new national symphony for teenagers mean to classical music — and to Carnegie Hall?

Amy Beach, with her 1896 "Gaelic" Symphony, was among America's early symphonic composers.

Read Tracing The Spirit Of The Early American Symphony

July 15, 2013 – Historian Joseph Horowitz guides a tour through the American symphony in its formative years.

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?

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