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August 25   -  

Tracing The People's Republic Of Beethoven

The composer's music and life story are deeply woven into China's cultural, social and political fabric, inspiring revolution and providing comfort.

August 19   -  

Songs We Love: Battle Trance, 'Blade Of Love I'

An unusual quartet of tenor saxophones delves into the connections between body, breath, sound and creation with a fierce and unyielding spirit.

August 15   -  

Songs We Love: The Westerlies, 'Saro'

Hear the self-described "accidental brass quartet" put a new spin on an old British ballad in an evocative arrangement by Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon.

August 14   -  

On The Steps Of Lincoln Center, A Choir The Size Of An Army

One thousand singers gathered Saturday to perform a new work by Pulitzer winner David Lang. Reporter Jeff Lunden was one of them.

August 11   -  

If At First (Or Fourth) You Don't Succeed, Join The Tanglewood Stage Crew

Percussionist Miles Salerni repeatedly auditioned to be a Fellow at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home, but was rejected. So he found another way in.

August 11   -  

Anna Netrebko's Mournful 'Mamma Morta'

Opera geeks always surge with excitement when a favorite singer releases a new album. Hear a heart-rending sneak preview from Verismo, from the acclaimed Russian soprano.

August 10   -  

Killing Me Sharply With Her Song: The Improbable Story Of Florence Foster Jenkins

A Manhattan socialite, who sold out Carnegie Hall in 1944 despite having a very dodgy voice, inspired a new movie starring Meryl Streep — and aided generations of actual singers.

August 7   -  

These 250-Plus Violins Are About To Be Owned By The U.S. Government

American-made violins are often regarded as inferior to European ones, but guitarist David Bromberg knows their value. So does the Library of Congress, which is acquiring his impressive collection.

August 6   -  

A Parting Gift — With Legs — For Marin Alsop At The Cabrillo Festival

After 25 years directing the contemporary music festival in California, Marin Alsop bids farewell with Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance, a new piece composed for her by John Adams.

August 5   -  

Let The Games Begin: A Playlist For Rio

As the Summer Olympics start, celebrate the glories of Brazilian music — from bossa nova to the rollicking Northeastern forró of Luiz Gonzaga and the classical mixology of Villa-Lobos.
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