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The Kronos Quartet: Still Daring After All These Years

Four decades after its first performance, the San Francisco-based string quartet still nudges composers and audiences in new directions.

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John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

Adams speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about a large-scale work inspired by the women in Jesus' life.

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The Soul Of The World's Most Expensive Violin

After being stored under a bed for a half-century, a $16 million violin is now in the hands of Anne Akiko Meyers, who's recorded Vivaldi's vivid Four Seasons.

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Schubert's 'Winterreise' Paints Bleak Landscape For Bill T. Jones

The choreographer and dancer says that music "helps us bear the pain through sheer beauty and intensity."

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The Hilliard Ensemble, active in the early music world since 1973, will end its long tenure in 2014 with one last world tour. Marco Borggreve/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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