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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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Sergei Prokofiev (pictured) wrote a Fifth Symphony that has special resonance in Sao Paulo for conductor Marin Alsop.

Read A Grand Soviet Symphony, By Way Of Brazil

July 21, 2012 – An American conductor explains why Russian music suits her Sao Paolo orchestra.

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.

Read At Home With The Coltranes, Listening To Stravinsky

July 19, 2012 – Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) recalls a childhood filled with symphonic music.

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Mandolinist Avi Avital's new album Bach was released June 12.

Read Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education

July 7, 2012 – The Israeli musician discovered his instrument by coincidence. His new album is called Bach.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell records A Lincoln Portrait at NPR's Studio 4A in April.

Read From 'Glee' To Gettysburg: Brian Stokes Mitchell Speaks For Lincoln

July 4, 2012 – The Broadway star talks about his new recording of Copland's Lincoln Portrait for NPR Music.

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Noah Stewart's debut album is entitled Noah.

Read Noah Stewart: From 'Opera Boy' To Singer

June 3, 2012 – The tenor's new album gives him a chance to put his mark on everything from spirituals to pop.

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German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performing in England in 1962.

Read Thomas Hampson On Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

May 30, 2012 – The American baritone remembers one of his mentors and recommends some of his greatest recordings.

The monks of The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on the grounds in Abiquiu, N.M.

Read Deep In The Desert, Monks Make Transcendent Music

May 27, 2012 – Benedictine monks living outside Santa Fe have released an album of Gregorian chant.

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"Given that we were brass players when we started out, we had a very tall hill to climb just to get people interested in our music," says Canadian Brass founding member Chuck Daellenbach (center).

Read Canadian Brass: Spiking The Recital With Humor

May 27, 2012 – The decades-old group incorporates classics, Dixieland, jazz and Broadway into its repertoire.

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Jeremy Denk has recently written for The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.

Listen Jeremy Denk: The Fresh Air Interview

May 23, 2012 – The pianist's new album features etudes written by the Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.

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On Garth Knox's new album, Saltarello, the adventurous violist creates surprising musical juxtapositions.

Read Garth Knox: One Viola And 1,000 Years Of Musical History

May 14, 2012 – On his new album, Saltarello, the adventurous violist creates surprising musical juxtapositions.

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Joshua Bell.

Read Classical 'Rock Star' Joshua Bell Takes On Conducting

April 24, 2012 – Bell, the onetime violin prodigy, has taken over the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

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First Listen

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

The singer-songwriter, who died last year, has already inspired two double-length tribute albums.

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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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