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Song Travels

Renee Fleming On 'Song Travels'

The opera star sings some of her favorite songs, from Schubert to Joni Mitchell's "River," and performs a Gershwin tune with host Michael Feinstein.

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Yuja Wang at NPR's studio in Washington, D.C. Denise DeBelius/NPR hide caption

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Pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki presents the "viola organista" on Oct. 18 in Krakow, Poland. Zubrzycki spent almost four years building the instrument, which is based on a late 15th-century design by Leonardo da Vinci. Tomasz Wiech/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Conductor James Levine in rehearsal with Russian virtuoso Evgeny Kissin. Cory Weaver/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kronos Quartet: Tiny Desk Concert

The intrepid champions of new music from around the world bring a lullaby, some rare blues and a recent work by The National's Bryce Dessner to the offices of NPR Music.

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Stanley Kubrick's The Shining strikes its terrifying tone with help from the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music underscores several of its tensest scenes. Archive Photos/Getty Images hide caption

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A singer takes the stage during the first performance of "Grimes on the Beach," an outdoor production of Benjamin Britten's opera Peter Grimes, on June 17, 2013 in Aldeburgh, England. Bethany Clarke/Getty Images hide caption

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Benjamin Britten takes a cup of tea during rehearsals for his War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral, in Coventry, England in May, 1962. Erich Auerbach/Getty Images hide caption

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Food and music mingle in Pieter Claesz's Still Life with Musical Instruments (1623). Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony. Eric Thayer for NPR Music hide caption

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John Tavener's ethereal music was influenced by the Russian Orthodox traditions. Simone Canetty-Clarke/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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