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Classical Music News

From our friends at NPR, PRX, and PBS Member Stations from around the country

DJ Sessions: Meet One Italian Composer Who Some Say Hasn't Gotten His Due

Thursday, October 18, 2018

This year marks the 275th anniversary of the birth of Italian cellist and composer Luigi Boccherini, a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn.

MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta On Making Music Accessible For All

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Violinist and social justice advocate Vijay Gupta, one of the 2018 winners of the MacArthur Fellowship, speaks about his work in under-resourced communities in Los Angeles and what's next.

One Mesmerizing Moment With Soprano Montserrat Caballé

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The revered Spanish soprano, who died Saturday, spins out silvery threads of tone in her recordings, the likes of which no one has ever matched.

The Tale Of The Stolen Totenberg Stradivarius Ends With A New Legacy

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When the FBI recovered virtuoso violinist Roman Totenberg's stolen Stradivarius after his death, his daughters wanted the instrument to be played everywhere. Ensuring that was not so simple.

Back To Bach: Hilary Hahn Rekindles An Old Love

Sunday, October 7, 2018

When the violinist was just 17, a stunning Bach debut album launched her career. Over two decades later, she returns to finish up the set of pieces she started as a teenager.

MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin Talks Composing And Donating His 'Genius' Money

Thursday, October 4, 2018

The 28-year-old polymath from Boston discusses his new award, his precocious youth and how he perceives all human language as a form of musical communication.

Bach On Tap Shoes: Tiptoeing Through The 'Goldberg Variations'

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Watch Caleb Teicher tap his way through Bach's Goldberg Variations with pianist Conrad Tao at the Steinway factory in New York.

'The Planets' At 100: A Listener's Guide To Holst's Solar System

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Take an interplanetary trek through the English composer's symphonic blockbuster with the help of a conductor and an astronomer.

Anthony Roth Costanzo: A Countertenor For The 21st Century

Friday, September 21, 2018

The resourceful singer is unafraid to bring opera — and his high-flying top notes — to unlikely places, from sixth-grade classrooms to the offices of NPR.

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