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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places.

Listen From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz

November 15, 2012 – Hear an eclectic mix of music as the adventurous cellist spins his favorites in the studio.

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Soprano Maria Slatinaru and bass Paul Plishka perform in a 1986 production of Verdi's La Forza del Destino at the San Francisco Opera.

Read Verdi's 'La Forza,' Born Under A Bad Sign

November 10, 2012 – The opera flopped on its first run, and carries the stigma of cursing those who perform it.

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Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.

Read John Williams' Inevitable Themes

November 10, 2012 – Perhaps the world's most recognized contemporary composer, Williams calls retiring "unthinkable."

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Stephen Hough's newest release is the French Album.

Read Stephen Hough's 'French Album,' A 'Musical Dessert Trolley'

October 21, 2012 – The pianist's latest album resulted from his study of what makes a piece of music uniquely French.

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Over the past four decades, Benoit Rolland has made more than 1,400 bows for violins, violas and cellos.

Read The MacArthur 'Genius' Bow Maker Who Makes Violins Sing

October 6, 2012 – Over four decades, Benoit Rolland has made more than 1,400 bows for violins, violas and cellos.

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The traditional Jewish Kaddish prayer gets turned on its head in Leonard Bernstein's Symphony No. 3.

Read Leonard Bernstein's 'Kaddish' Symphony: A Crisis Of Faith

September 29, 2012 – Conductor Marian Alsop muses on her mentor's most religious symphony, which raises many questions.

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Read Gustavo Dudamel On The Magic Of Stravinsky's 'Crazy Music'

September 28, 2012 – One of today's hottest conductors talks about a piece that's integral to his musical life.

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Naxos founder Klaus Heymann.

Listen Klaus Heymann: On 25 Years Of Naxos And Classical Music

September 27, 2012 – The founder of Naxos upended the classical music industry. Hear music that tells his story.

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Mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli uncovers the music of Agostino Steffani, a 17th-century composer who led a double life as a diplomat.

Read Cecilia Bartoli's Latest 'Mission' Rediscovers Agostino Steffani

September 24, 2012 – The award-winning soprano uncovers the music of an Italian composer on her new album, Mission.

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Jonny Greenwood is responsible for the score of The Master and There Will Be Blood.

Read Radiohead's Guitarist Adapts To Life In Widescreen

September 15, 2012 – Jonny Greenwood scored the new film The Master, his second for director Paul Thomas Anderson.

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John Cage in The Hague, Netherlands, 1988

Read 33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

September 5, 2012 – From Yoko Ono to Nona Hendryx to Lou Reed — what they've taken from the late composer's ideas.

Classically trained violinist Ben Powell makes the leap to jazz in his album New Street, a tribute to the late Stephane Grappelli.

Read Ben Powell: In The Footsteps Of Jazz Fiddle Royalty WBUR

August 27, 2012 – The young Berklee-trained violinist dedicates his new album to the late legend Stephane Grappelli. WBUR

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Claude Debussy (1862-1918) ignored the old rules about how to write music and created a brave new world of sonic possibilities.

Listen Guest DJ: Decoding Debussy With Pierre-Laurent Aimard

August 22, 2012 – For the composer's sesquicentennial, a virtuoso selects favorite Debussy recordings.

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Can opera survive in an era of shrinking budgets and aging audiences?

Watch Is Opera Ailing? Assessing The State Of The Art

August 16, 2012 – Is opera healthy today, or is the 400-year-old art form struggling for its life?

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To audition for the BSO, percussionist Mike Tetreault was required to prepare musical excerpts from 50 pieces on nine different instruments, including timpani.

Read A Musician And The Audition Of His Life

July 21, 2012 – A year spent working about 20 hours a day — and a fate decided in a few minutes.

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First Listen

Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

First Listen: Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, 'Landmarks'

Jazz star, singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan drummer, preacher's son: he distills it all into his band.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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