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Lawrence Brownlee performs a Tiny Desk Concert in June 2013.

Watch Lawrence Brownlee: Tiny Desk Concert

October 5, 2013 – The operatic tenor, acclaimed for his Rossini, circles back to his roots as a singer of spirituals.

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In Minneapolis, demonstrations in support of musicians have drawn regular support during the yearlong Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute.

Read It's Been A Really Bad Week For Classical Music

October 5, 2013 – What gives when an esteemed conductor quits, an opera goes bankrupt and Carnegie Hall shuts down?

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Johan Botha as the title character and Renée Fleming as Desdemona in the Metropolitan Opera's fall 2012 run of Verdi's Otello.

Read How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare

October 5, 2013 – NPR's Arun Rath says the opera giant's version of Othello just might have the edge on the original.

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Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander's new album is titled Claws & Wings.

Read Returning To Music, Tested By Loss

October 6, 2013 – Music was Erik Friedlander's refuge when his wife fell ill. Then, in one week, he lost both.

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Soprano Angela Meade made her professional debut in the role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani at the Metropolitan Opera.

Listen Guest DJ Angela Meade: Hitting The Big Time With Help From Verdi

October 7, 2013 – One of today's preeminent Verdi singers spins deep tracks by the master opera composer.

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In his operas, Giuseppe Verdi had a knack for empowering  marginalized people — like the title character of Aida, who is an enslaved Ethiopian princess (played in this 2011 French production by American soprano Indra Thomas).

Read Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects

October 8, 2013 – The composer's tendency to push buttons won him harsh reviews — and a lasting legacy.

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Don't be caught fishing for facts about Verdi on the bicentennial of his birth.

Read Act Like You Know: Giuseppe Verdi

October 9, 2013 – Know your Traviata from your Trovatore? Explore music by the operatic genius on his bicentennial.

Australian conductor Simone Young, the outgoing artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera.

Read What Is Classical Music's Women Problem?

October 9, 2013 – Prominent conductors are questioning women's inherent ability to conduct.

Giuseppe Verdi's operas have an uncanny ability to probe into our contemporary psyche.

Read Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature

October 10, 2013 – On the bicentennial of the composer's birth, his music seems keenly suited to our pride and sorrow.

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Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Watch Verdi's Requiem With The Chicago Symphony

October 10, 2013 – Watch a thrilling performance by the Chicago Symphony of Verdi's furious and glorious Requiem.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Next On The Verdi Channel

October 11, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Morton Subotnick performs at New York's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in 2004. The pioneering electronic composer recently created a mobile app for children.

Watch Electronic Music's Godfather Isn't Done Innovating

October 12, 2013 – Morton Subotnick's Silver Apples of the Moon changed music. At 80, he still has more up his sleeve.

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A scene from the revival of Einstein on the Beach.

Watch The Minds Behind 'Einstein On The Beach' Talk Shop

October 12, 2013 – Phillip Glass, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs discuss a new revival of their epic modern opera.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (center), and Speaker of the House John Boehner are three key lawmakers in the government shut down and debt ceiling crisis.

Read A Debt Ceiling Playlist: 5 Songs To Push Your Mind To The Brink

October 17, 2013 – With financial cataclysm averted, a playlist for the swirling emotions of the past two weeks.

Miloš Karadaglić.

Listen Miloš Karadaglić On 'Song Travels'

October 18, 2013 – The guitarist plays the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.

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Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

Read Superdupertitles At Silicon Valley Opera

October 18, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

An Angeleno revels at 10 Times The Party, a celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall's 10th Anniversary, on Oct. 5 in Los Angeles.

Read LA's Own 'Amazing And Unique Instrument' Turns 10

October 19, 2013 – Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and others give their thoughts on Disney Hall's 10th anniversary.

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Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary.

Watch Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90

October 23, 2013 – Composer and author Ned Rorem turns 90 today. Why isn't there more celebrating?

Electronic artists such as Mason Bates (pictured above), Aphex Twin and Tiësto have blended classical music into their dance beats.

Read Soothing The Savage Beat: When Electronic Artists Conjure Classical

October 24, 2013 – From pulsating techno to a sublime adagio, what happens when two opposite musical realms collide.

Chinese composer Tan Dun's latest work, Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, was inspred by an ancient language spoken in a remote area of Tan's home province of Hunan.

Watch From 'Crouching Tiger' To 'Secret Songs': Composer Tan Dun's Next Move

October 27, 2013 – An ancient secret language spoken among women in his home province inspired Tan's latest work.

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Kronos Quartet's new album, Aheym, comes out Nov. 5. All the music on this album was composed by Bryce Dessner (center) of the rock group The National.

Read First Listen: Kronos Quartet, 'Aheym'

October 27, 2013 – The National's Bryce Dessner composed all the music for this album.

This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II.

Read Bach Unwigged: The Man Behind The Music

October 29, 2013 – In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner hunts for the personality of the great composer.

Pianist Maria João Pires realized in a shock onstage that she'd been booked to play another piece of music altogether.

Watch And You Think You're Having A Bad Day

October 29, 2013 – What's your worst memory of performance panic? (Imagine showing up with the wrong solo.)

In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores comes out Nov. 11.

Read First Listen: Hilary Hahn, 'In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores'

November 3, 2013 – The resourceful young violinist asked for brand-new encores — and, boy, did she get them.

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