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Deceptive Cadence : NPR
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Brooklyn-based pianist Simone Dinnerstein traveled to Cuba to make her recent album with a young orchestra from Havana. Now they

What happens when cultural doors open between the U.S. and Cuba? Beautiful moments like this mix of Mozart and a Cuban classic — with Brooklyn pianist Simone Dinnerstein and an orchestra from Havana.

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Sir Simon Rattle.

With the aid of motion capture technology, and an imaginative digital artist, the gestures of the London Symphony Orchestra's conductor are transformed into trippy new animations.

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Jason Haaheim is principal timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Jason Haaheim was a senior scientist at a nanotech company before deciding he wanted to play in a professional orchestra. He's now principal timpanist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

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Arcadi Volodos devotes his new album to the music of Brahms.

The Russian pianist, known for his fiery technique, scales back to let his instrument sing sweetly in an autumnal miniature from late in the career of Johannes Brahms.

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Soprano Maria Callas at the Paris Opera in 1958. She is the subject of a new book, Maria by Callas.

The legendary diva, who died 40 years ago this year, muses on stardom and fate — both on stage and off — in a luxurious new book of pictures and words.

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Conductor Jirí Belohlávek, a leading interpreter of Czech music, has died at age 71.

The Prague native was a proud promoter of his country's musical heritage — from Antonín Dvorák to Bohuslav Martinu — with the world's top orchestras.

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From left to right: Aria Mason (Rosalia), Ebonee Davis (Piquita) and Kenya Lawrence Jackson (La Flamenca) star in OperaCréole

Givonna Joseph, founder of OperaCréole, explains why it's so important to perform the works of composers of color, which she says were historically "hidden on purpose."

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Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford on the set of the original Star Wars film. The movie was originally released on May 25, 1977.

Star Wars was released 40 years ago today — and it wasn't just the light sabers that changed pop culture. John Williams' epic music, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, became a touchstone.

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The new album from the Philadelphia-based chamber choir The Crossing features music by John Luther Adams.

The Crossing, a new music choir from Philadelphia, communes with nature in John Luther Adams' "holy" ode to the wind, the skies and birds.

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Composer Lou Harrison was open to the vividness of other cultures throughout his life. He helped introduce Indonesian gamelan music to the West.

Routinely labeled an "American maverick," Harrison lovingly brought Eastern traditions and the rugged American West together in his music, blazing new paths and constructing his own instruments.

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