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Deceptive Cadence : NPR
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Beth Morrison is not your typical moneyed arts patron — but over the past decade, she's managed to gather the funding and venue support to produce works by some of today's most innovative composers.

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French conductor Georges Prêtre and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform a New Year

The veteran musician specialized in French repertoire and collaborated with some of the world's most famous opera singers, including Maria Callas.

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Ben Johnston

The composer's string quartets are known for their use of microtones — and their extreme technical difficulty. Just in time for his 90th birthday, The Kepler Quartet has finally recorded them all.

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The Naqsh Duo

Borrowing from Persian music and American jazz, two Iranian women come together to create a singular sound.

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Time for a holiday and winter-themed playlist.

Hear a slightly off-kilter collection of beloved carols, Hanukkah favorites and works by Prokofiev, Mahler and Thomas Adès.

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Soprano Barbara Hannigan shines in let me tell you by Hans Abrahamsen.

The contentious presidential election colored the listening habits of NPR's classical producer.

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Ennio Morricone

Film composer Ennio Morricone, known for his use of harmonica and whistling on Western scores, has re-imagined his most popular sounds with help from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

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"I speak about the mindsets of these characters," composer Kaija Saariaho says. "What does it mean that we love somebody? And do we really love another person, or do we love our idea of love?"

Saariaho isn't the first woman composer to stage an opera at New York's Metropolitan Opera — just the first in more than a century. Her opera, L'Amour de Loin, has its New York premiere this week.

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Tenor William Burden, pictured at the far left, plays George Bailey in the new production.

Librettist Gene Scheer says the drama of George Bailey's life is "an operatic story." So he, along with composer Jake Heggie, turned It's a Wonderful Life into an opera.

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Andrew Norman

The young California composer's expansive, boisterous Play pushes the orchestra to its limits in music both chaotic and serene.

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