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July 28   -  

Eclectic Finnish Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara Dies At 87

"To be a composer, you have to be a fanatic," said the open-minded artist, who journeyed through styles, countries and decades.

July 13   -  

David Cameron, Musical Muse?

An odd little tune the outgoing British prime minister sang in front of No. 10 Downing St. has inspired a bit of analysis — and a rash of arrangements and tributes.

July 6   -  

Song For A Pony And A Blue-Eyed Girl

Henryk Górecki's rather simple arrangement of a folk song from the Kurpie region of northeast Poland holds power beyond its purpose.

July 1   -  

These Songs Are Your Songs: A July Fourth Playlist

From ragtime to our time, from Scott Joplin to Stephen Sondheim, we've cooked up a five-hour super set of music for your holiday.

June 25   -  

Kip Winger Explores His Classical Side

You might remember the hair band Winger and its MTV hit "Seventeen." The band's namesake, bassist Kip Winger, has another side: classical composer.

June 23   -  

Maya Beiser Spins The Clock Back To Bach

In a new video, the cellist plays with time and memory, turning back the clock to when she first heard J.S. Bach's music on a scratchy old LP. It remains, she says, a timeless lodestar for her art.

June 18   -  

A New Opera Illuminates The 'Lavender Scare,' A Little-Explored Era In Gay History

Fellow Travelers is based on Thomas Mallon's historical novel of the same name. It takes place during the McCarthy 1950s, when intense scrutiny fell not only on suspected communists but gays as well.

June 17   -  

Alessio Bax: Tiny Desk Concert

In time for Father's Day, watch the celebrated pianist play lullabies by Bach and Brahms for his 22-month-old daughter, who nearly steals the show.

June 16   -  

An American Opera Impresario Takes His Final Bow

In Houston and San Francisco, David Gockley commissioned operas destined for stages worldwide. As he retires, he reflects on reviving Scott Joplin and premiering Nixon in China.

June 11   -  

Salman Rushdie's 'Shalimar The Clown' Is Now An Opera

Rushdie's tale of love and revenge has made its way to the stage. It premieres tonight at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
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