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Antonio Pompa-Baldi's new album is a tribute to Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.

Read The Pianist Who Plays 'The Rascal And The Sparrow'

September 25, 2013 – In a new tribute album, pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi pairs songs by Francis Poulenc and Edith Piaf.

Vijay Iyer and Jeremy Denk are 2013 MacArthur fellows.

Watch Vijay Iyer, Jeremy Denk Win MacArthur Genius Grants

September 25, 2013 – The two pianists exemplify creative thinking and wide-ranging intellectual and artistic pursuits.

Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30.

Read First Listen: Jeremy Denk, 'J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations'

September 21, 2013 – The pianist explores Bach's harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code."

Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety symphony is as unconventional as its creator.

Read Leonard Bernstein's Unconventional 'Anxiety'

September 21, 2013 – For conductor Marin Alsop, Bernstein's Age of Anxiety is a musical quest into life's big questions.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read And 'Fiddler On The Roof' — Not Jewish

September 20, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

In a conversation aired on WBGO, Jessye Norman credits the study of jazz with her understanding of song interpretation.

Read Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers WBGO

September 20, 2013 – The soprano tells WBGO that studying jazz vocalists influenced the way she interprets songs. WBGO

Bryce Dessner with the Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt, and Sunny Jungin Yang.

Watch First Watch: Kronos Quartet Plays Music By The National's Bryce Dessner

September 18, 2013 – Hear music for string quartet written by The National's Bryce Dessner and premiered by Kronos.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

Read Mstislav Reaperpovich

September 13, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

An incredible roster of musicians gathered at Carnegie Hall in 2009 to play Terry Riley's epic 'In C' — with the complete, but only single-page, score projected overhead.

Watch Three Symphonies That Aren't Really Symphonies

September 11, 2013 – Explore three non-symphonies with epic — even symphonic — sweep, and hear a sneak preview.

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Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.

Read New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

September 10, 2013 – The New York City Opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.

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Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong.

Read Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

September 8, 2013 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Jacki Lyden spin a wide variety of new classical recordings.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Music For The Bisontennial

September 6, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

A still from the video for New York Polyphony's performance of Richard Rodney Bennett's "A Colloquy with God."

Watch Watch A Late Composer's Parting Statement, Through The Eyes Of A Child

September 5, 2013 – A bright-eyed child transforms a mournful prayer in this video featuring New York Polyphony.

Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel.

Read Why Aren't Composers Writing More Symphonies Today?

September 4, 2013 – Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel explores why there aren't more new American symphonies.

To kick off the new school year, we have 10 ways to make practicing more effective and a happier experience.

Watch 10 Easy Ways To Optimize Your Music Practice

September 3, 2013 – Easy ways to help you maximize your music practice time, regardless of age or level.

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