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Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrate the 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall in a special gala concert.

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October 2, 2013 – Hear a concert of classics, and a new work, marking the 10th year of Frank Gehry's shining Hall. KUSC

The New York City Opera let its final curtain fall Saturday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a production of Anna Nicole by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Read Chronicle Of A Death Foretold: New York City Opera Shuts Its Doors

October 2, 2013 – After a round of emergency fundraising failed, New York's "People's Opera" is shutting down.


Emily Bear is a classical and jazz pianist. At 12, she is what many call a prodigy.

Read Don't Call This 12-Year-Old Concert Pianist A Prodigy

October 1, 2013 – Emily Bear has recorded six albums and performed at the White House. What have you done lately?


Cartoon by Pablo Helguera for NPR.

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September 27, 2013 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

Stand back, or wear earplugs.

Read Say What? French Horn Players Run Risk Of Hearing Loss

September 25, 2013 – Nearly half the horn players in an Australian study noticed that they'd lost some of their hearing.

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

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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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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.

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

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