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Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Read From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

February 3, 2013 – Young Afghans will be performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S.

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After a decade of lobbying by musicians, it will finally be easier for cellos to fly as comfortably as the people who play them.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

February 1, 2013 – The FAA changes its tune re instruments on planes and the passing of innovator Butch Morris.

In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy.

Watch New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

January 25, 2013 – After a Pulitzer, a Tony and several Oscar nods, Doubt returns to the stage, this time as an opera.

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The Nazis imprisoned Czech composer Rudolf Karel (shown here in a sketch from 1945) for helping the resistance in Prague. He wrote his compositions down on toilet paper.

Read Honoring 'Our Will To Live': The Lost Music Of The Holocaust

January 25, 2013 – An Italian musicologist is resurrecting works written in World War II camps.

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Anne Akiko Meyers, holding the "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, which reportedly sold for a record price. She says the anonymous buyer has offered her use of the instrument for life.

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January 25, 2013 – Anne Akiko Meyer's newest super-pricey fiddle and leadership changes from Munich to New York.

A new study claims that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

Read Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

January 23, 2013 – A new study says that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

Conductor Andres Orozco-Estrada, who has just been named as the next music director of the Houston Symphony.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 18, 2013 – A new face for Houston, an acid attack on the Bolshoi Ballet chief and that nine-day tenure in NJ.

Over a quarter century, Naxos Records has evolved from an industry joke to a leading force in classical music.

Read Naxos: The Little Record Label That Could (And Did)

January 13, 2013 – In the past 25 years, Naxos has gone from an industry joke to a major force in classical music.

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Conductor Simon Rattle, who has reportedly told the Berlin Philharmonic he will leave his post there in 2018.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 11, 2013 – Rattle says the clock is ticking and Muti has the flu: The classical music world's breaking news.

Not mainstream enough to mark? A portrait of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau taken circa 1965.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 4, 2013 – The burning question of the week: Is classical music visible enough for a mainstream audience?

In Minneapolis, the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are appealing for public support.

Read Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall? MPR

January 1, 2013 – Contentious negotiations and financial woes have plagued many American orchestras this year. MPR

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Classical music lost many fine artists in 2012.

Read Fond Farewells: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2012

December 31, 2012 – Hear and see the artistry of fine classical musicians who passed away in 2012.

The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.

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December 28, 2012 – Classical fraud on the small screen, maybe the best classical app ever and much more.

Tenor Rolando Villazon: "I don't think you learn anything from blogs and reviews."

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December 21, 2012 – Revealing interviews, peacocks who talk, and support — moral and financial — for two orchestras.

Cellist Juan Manuel Chavez, whose instrument is made from an oil can and discarded bits of wood.

Watch The Landfill Harmonic: An Orchestra Built From Trash

December 19, 2012 – An upcoming documentary highlights one extraordinary orchestra in Paraguay; watch the trailer.

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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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