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April 23   -  

In Fort Worth Opera's 'JFK,' A Tension Between Joy And Tragedy

The show tells the story of the last night of the president's life. "We took the myth of JFK and we really attempted to make him mortal," librettist Royce Vavrek says.

April 22   -  

Yehudi Menuhin's Potent Blend Of Music, Humanism And Politics

With a career that began at age 7, the violinist became one of the 20th century's most beloved musicians and so much more than a virtuoso.

April 21   -  

The 'Leningrad' Symphony At Carnegie Hall

Dmitri Shostakovich's powerful Seventh Symphony was written during the devastating World War II siege of Leningrad. Hear Mariss Jansons lead the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

April 18   -  

Henry Threadgill Wins Music Pulitzer For 'In For A Penny, In For A Pound'

The saxophonist, flutist and beyond-jazz composer says the epic work frees up a method he'd developed over 15 years with his working ensemble Zooid.

April 14   -  

Review: Rufus Wainwright, 'Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets'

Wainwright and his many guests pile on the gravitas while still digging into the Bard's material with playful and provocative spirits.

April 8   -  

'Behold': Moondog With A French Twist

A pair of French new music ensembles lovingly recreates songs by the iconoclastic New York street composer and poet who called himself Moondog.

April 5   -  

Is Battle Fatigue Over? The Met Rehires A Banned Soprano

After 22 years away from the Metropolitan Opera, acclaimed soprano Kathleen Battle will return for a November concert of spirituals.

April 5   -  

New Mix: Weezer, The Jayhawks, Colin Stetson, More

On this episode of All Songs, we premiere new music from The Jayhawks, Margaret Glaspy and more, plus new Weezer and saxophonist Colin Stetson's reimagining of Górecki's Third Symphony.

April 4   -  

Cellist And Conductor Allegedly Helped Russians Move Billions Of Dollars

Russian musician Sergei Roldugin's name has emerged in the massive data leak known as the Panama Papers. He is allegedly at the center of his country's offshore banking activities.

April 2   -  

Requiem For A Teen: 'Tyler's Suite' Honors A Life Cut Short

A new choral work is on tour, based on the life of Tyler Clementi — the college freshman who committed suicide in 2010, after his roommate secretly filmed him in bed with another man.
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