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The composer Nils Frahm, who released a short suite of quiet songs called Encore 1 on June 1, 2018.

The neoclassical minimalist composer follows up a lauded new record with a quiet batch of castaways.

(Image credit: Alexander Schneider/Courtesy of the artist)

16 days ago |
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Third Coast Percussion performs a Tiny Desk Concert on April 27, 2018.

Watch the Chicago-based ensemble conjure otherworldly sounds from steel pipes, tuned cowbells and a bowl that sings.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

19 days ago |
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Mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano performs in Carmen in Concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2018.

Three women — a soprano, a mezzo-soprano, and a vice president of opera programming — join NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a conversation about harassment and inequity in the opera world.

(Image credit: Shannon Finney/Courtesy of the artist)

21 days ago |
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Composer Thea Musgrave, at 90, is still composing music.

The Scottish-born musician, still busy writing music, celebrates her 90th birthday on May 27.

(Image credit: Kate Mount/Courtesy of the artist)

23 days ago |
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason performs for millions at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Watch the moving performance from 19-year-old award-winner during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

(Image credit: YouTube)

27 days ago |
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James Levine, rehearsing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Paris in 2007.

Their allegations against the former Metropolitan Opera conductor were made public in a counter lawsuit filed by the Met on Friday in New York.

(Image credit: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)

29 days ago |
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Saoirse Ronan stars in the new film On Chesil Beach, based on the story by Ian McEwan. Ronan and McEwan talk with NPR's Scott Simon, and joke about who plays the lead character best: Ronan or McEwan.

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Saoirse Ronan plays newlywed Florence in On Chesil Beach, in theaters now.

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, the film tells the story of a troubled honeymoon. The new bride is a violinist in a string quartet; the music was composed by Dan Jones and is played by Esther Yoo.

(Image credit: Bleecker Street )

30 days ago |
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Birgit Nilsson (ca. 1960) as Isolde, in Wagner

With a voice of gleaming steel that soared effortlessly above 100-piece orchestras, Swedish dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson, who was born 100 years ago, was force of nature.

(Image credit: Louis Melançon /Metropolitan Opera Archives)

31 days ago |
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American composer and guitarist Glenn Branca performs live on stage at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 2nd February 1988.

In the early 1980s, hearing the work of the avant-garde guitarist for the first time — familiar sounds layered into something overwhelming and powerful — was a form of liberation.

(Image credit: Frans Schellekens)

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