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Must See (Classical and Opera) TV Tonight on PBS

Janis Kelly and James Maddalena in
Selections from The Metropolitan Opera's production of John Adams' "Nixon in China" airs tonight on PBS.
31, 2011

Two must-see classical programs on PBS tonight, bass Giorgio Tozzi has died, Minnesota Public Radio features musicians under 30, and the Van Cliburn amateur piano competition has a winner.

The Met’s Die Walküre – All Those Valkyries and the Machine Breaks Down!!?!

A scene from Act 3 of Wagner's Die Walküre at The Metropolitan Opera
A scene from Act 3 of Wagner's Die Walküre in a production at The Metropolitan Opera.
16, 2011

Despite a late start due to technical difficulties, I have never enjoyed Die Walküre as much as I did last Saturday in an HD transmission from The Metropolitan Opera.

Hope from Spring (and Injured Musicians)

A snowdrop flower bud in the rain.
As the season turns, some are inspired to give back to their communities.
9, 2011

Sounding a hopeful note for spring, Scottish Chamber Orchestra violinist Rosenna East recovers from injury and helps to give back.

Happy Birthday, Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price
American opera singer Leontyne Price in 1953.
10, 2011

February 10 is the birthday of Leontyne Price. There will never be a voice like this again. It soared, it glittered and it dug itself into your heart.