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In Search Of The Great American Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony have been consistent champions of American music of all shapes and sizes. Are there — or will there be — American symphonies that stand with those of Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakov
July 2, 2013

If we can argue over the great American novel, what about the great American symphony? Join the conversation in our summer-long exploration of the American symphony. Who writes symphonies in the U.S. these days? And who hears them?

Lloyd Schwartz and Music In and On the Air

Lloyd Schwartz, Mensch and Music Critic Extraordinaire
April 10, 2013

NPR Music Critic Lloyd Schwartz has a new book out, “Music In and On the Air.” Classical 101′s Christopher Purdy recently spoke to Schwartz about the new book, new beginnings and a sad ending.

Marches Madness from NPR Classical

21, 2013

Scott Joplin is best known for ragtime. His Maple Leaf Rag was the first piece of sheet music to sell over a million copies, and was spotlighted by NPR’s Marches Madness.

Looking Back to Warmer Days With Philip Glass

A 'Flash Choir' Sings Philip Glass in Times Square
A 'Flash Choir' Sings Philip Glass in Times Square
1, 2013

If, in our current cold wintry weather, you want to remember what summer was like, here’s what you might have seen and heard on that 89 degree summer day in Times Square.

The Emily Enigma: Helping Musicians Get Their Fair Share

Analog i-Pod?
25, 2012

On Friday, I posted an article (scroll down once you click the link.)  from a young woman named Emily.  She is an NPR intern with All Songs Considered.  In her piece, she said…  I am an avid music listener, concertgoer, and college radio DJ. My world is music-centric. I’ve only bought 15 CDs in my [...]

Placido Domingo 70th Birthday Celebration Continues

opera star placido domingo
Placido Domingo continues his 70th birthday celebration this week with two performances in Australia.
5, 2011

Morning update: Placido Domingo celebrates his 70th birthday in Australia with Katherine Jenkins, Gilbert and Sullivan remain topical in the 21st century, and a treasure trove of classical manuscripts goes up for sale.

Leonard da Vinci Instrument Makes Its Debut

Da Vinci's Harpsicord Viola
Edoardo Zanon built and plays the first modern harpsichord-viola, based on the designs of Leonardo da Vinci.
18, 2009

Listen to NPR reporter Robert Smith’s story about the debut of a musical instrument designed by Leonard da Vinci.

El Sistema: We Could Do This in Columbus

El Sistema
In rehearsal, 1st violins, Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra
29, 2009

El Sistema, the Venezuela based program bringing hope and education throughout the world, acting ultimately as a great leveler, should come to Columbus.

Interview With From The Top’s Christopher O’Riley

Christopher O'Riley
Christopher O'Riley
May 9, 2007

Christopher O’Riley is a classical pianist who studied at the New England Conservatory of Music, and is also the host of NPR’s “From the Top.” In this interview, O’Riley talks about how the children featured on the program are the emissaries of classical music.