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Discussing the way classical music touches the mind and the heart.
June 11, 2021
The revered Cuban composer's winning piece was inspired by the life and struggles of Susan B. Anthony and her own poor mother and grandmother in Cuba.
June 9, 2021
Mandolinist Avi Avital hits the reset button on life to switch focus to his new album, 'Art of the Mandolin.' He shares his excitement of bringing together the plucked string family on New Classical Tracks.
June 2, 2021
We discuss the joys and privileges of honoring composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in the Catalyst Quartet's first recording in a series commemorating Black composers.
May 26, 2021
Conductor Craig Hella Johnson lets his imagination run wild with the Austin-based vocal ensemble Conspirare. He leads them and three different guitar quartets in their new album, The Singing Guitar.
May 19, 2021
Matt Haimovitz finally has his cello back more than a year and a half after breaking it, just in time for the release of a new recording with pianist Mari Kodama.
May 12, 2021
Guitarist Miloš Karadaglić feels as if a fairy tale has come true in his new album, The Moon & the Forest.
May 8, 2021
The poet and playwright wrestles with the idea of being an activist in America today in its various forms, meanings and misunderstandings.
May 5, 2021
Nathalie Stutzmann has been living her dream of being a singer and conductor. In her new album, Contralto, she does both.
April 28, 2021
Violinist Gregory Harrington joins conductor Mark Shapiro and the Janáček Philharmonic in celebrating Philip Glass in their new album, Glass Hour.
April 27, 2021
Classical music fans are mourning the loss of the celebrated mezzo-soprano, known for her versatility and the warmth of her voice. She died at her home in Austria on April 24 at age 93.
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