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David Robertson, a passionate champion of new music, conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on tour in Berlin.

Watch Why Are American Orchestras Afraid Of New Symphonies?

August 13, 2013 – St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson decodes America's orchestral anxieties.

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Chris Thile's new album, Sonatas and Partitas, draws from material written by Johann Sebastian Bach in the early 1700s.

Watch Chris Thile Looks Back To Bach

August 11, 2013 – The mandolinist's latest project is a collection of pieces written by J.S. Bach in the early 1700s.

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Nathan Gunn and Sasha Cooke star in the new opera The Gospel of Mary Magdalene as Yeshua (the Hebrew name of Jesus) and the title character.

Read A Loaded Bible Story, Tweaked For The Opera Stage

June 12, 2013 – Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene examines the titular figure's relationship to Jesus.

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David Finckel is a longtime member of the Emerson String Quartet. Journeys: Tchaikovsky, Schoenberg is his last recording with the group.

Read David Finckel On The Emerson Quartet's Changing Of The Guard

June 9, 2013 – The quartet's new album is the last to feature the cellist, a longtime member of the group.

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Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.

Watch 100 Years After The Riot, The 'Rite' Remains

May 29, 2013 – Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere and its longevity.

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After his shocking ballet, The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky branched out in surprising directions.

Read Igor Stravinsky's 'Rite Of Spring' Counterrevolution

May 24, 2013 – The composer's broad range of styles ushered in trends far from the violence of his iconic ballet.

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Caroline Shaw, who composed the piece Partita for 8 Voices for her vocal group Roomful of Teeth, is the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music.

Read A Moment With Pulitzer-Winning Composer Caroline Shaw

April 20, 2013 – Shaw says writing her prize-winning piece meant extracting sounds that only existed in her head.

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Jazz composer Maria Schneider (left) and soprano Dawn Upshaw collaborated on the new album Winter Morning Walks.

Read Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks

April 1, 2013 – A soprano and a jazz composer explore work by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.

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Classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein (left) and singer-songwriter Tift Merrit collaborate on the new album Night.

Read Merritt And Dinnerstein: Bridging Their Worlds

March 23, 2013 – The new album Night is the collaborative effort of an alt-country singer and a classical pianist.

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A coach and high school students work on Osvaldo Golijov's Passion According to St. Mark with the composer (right) in November 2012.

Watch How Does A Jewish Artist Tell The Ultimate Christian Story?

March 17, 2013 – An Argentine composer's vivid Passion According to St. Mark presents "a Latin American Jesus."

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Tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

Read Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes'

February 16, 2013 – The man called the greatest living Wagnerian tenor says he's bound by duty to honor the composer.

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Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.

Watch Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

February 2, 2013 – Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.

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Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn relied on each other to shape their very different musical careers.

Watch Meet The Musical Mendelssohns: Felix And Fanny

January 28, 2013 – String quartets by the siblings are featured in a new album by the venturesome Ebène Quartet.

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Petra Haden's new album is titled Petra Goes to the Movies.

Read Petra Haden Covers Classic Film Scores With A Single Voice

January 26, 2013 – Haden's new album, Petra Goes to the Movies, recasts movie scores in an a cappella setting.

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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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