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May 22   -  

'Sounds And Sweet Airs' Remembers The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music

You may be familiar with Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. But did you know Mendelssohn's sister Fanny and Schumman's wife Clara were accomplished composers, too?

May 21   -  

Transgender Choruses Harness The (Changing) Power Of Voices

Transgender people are speaking out in society — and singing in choirs nationwide. "Voice is probably one of the deepest signifiers of who a person is," says the founder of a group about to debut.

May 20   -  

A Song Of Stability From The Plains Of Estonia

When the young composer Tõnu Kõrvits puts a lush, new spin on an old song by one of his compatriots, the long line of singing traditions in Estonia continues unbroken.

May 19   -  

Alt.Latino Goes Classical: Orchestral Music From Latin America

Hear re-imagined pre-Colombian music and arias from the jungles of Brazil and beyond, chosen with the help of Tom Huizenga from NPR Music's Deceptive Cadence.

May 19   -  

First Listen: Boston Symphony Orchestra, 'Shostakovich Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9'

Contrasting symphonies by the brilliant but troubled Dmitri Shostakovich get deluxe treatments from conductor Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony.

May 18   -  

Itzhak Perlman On Canceling In North Carolina: 'I Had To'

Like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and others, the renowned violinist has canceled a North Carolina appearance over a law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people.

May 17   -  

Jane Little, Atlanta's Dainty Double-Bass Player For 71 Years, Dies Onstage

The bassist joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1945, when she was just 16 years old. She died over the weekend while performing.

May 16   -  

Yuja Wang Plays Carnegie Hall

Hear one of today's most charismatic pianists perform music with deep psychological — and physical — dimensions by Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms.

May 14   -  

The Danish String Quartet's Manifold Vision For Classical Music

"Classical music is many things," says violist Asbjørn Nørgaard. "It can sound like Coldplay. It can sound like heavy metal." The quartet's new album, out now, is called Adès/Nørgard/Abrahamsen.

May 12   -  

Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: 'The Shining' Is Now An Opera

"Stephen King's original novel is all about love, death and power," says Pulitzer-winning composer Paul Moravec. "And those are the three foundational components for an opera."
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