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Classical Music News

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

Opposites Attract: Two Violin Concertos In The Hands Of A Master

Monday, June 24, 2019

Augustin Hadelich dazzles in an album of odd bedfellows, which pairs Johannes Brahms' romantic war horse with György Ligeti's modernist stunner.

'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary

Saturday, June 22, 2019

New York City Opera has commissioned Stonewall, a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement.

Music For Plants Is Real (Even If The Science Isn't)

Friday, June 21, 2019

The bestselling 1970s book The Secret Life of Plants has been effectively debunked — but that hasn't stopped Stevie Wonder, Solange and scores of ambient musicians from chasing its leafy muse.

A Musical Brain May Help Us Understand Language And Appreciate Tchaikovsky

Monday, June 10, 2019

Compared with monkeys, humans have a brain that is extremely sensitive to a sound's pitch. And that may reflect our exposure to speech and music.

Pavarotti Documentary Misses All The Right Notes

Friday, June 7, 2019

Ron Howard's new Pavarotti film fails to make us feel much for its subject, and does little to bolster the magical, complicated art called opera.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Suddenly Cancels Summer Season

Friday, May 31, 2019

The financially embattled organization surprised its musicians, and its audience, by shortening its season and cutting the players pay and vacation in an announcement made Thursday.

'They Know That I'm The Real Deal': Transgender Baritone Makes Opera History

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In her U.S. debut as Don Giovanni, Lucia Lucas became the first known trans person to sing a principal role on an American opera stage.

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