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First Listen: John Luther Adams, 'Become Ocean'

December 8, 2016

The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music is both an unforgettable seascape and an urgent call to action. Hear the Alaskan composer and environmentalist's sweeping symphonic work.

'Morricone 60': An Orchestra-Infused Look At A 60-Year Career

December 6, 2016

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.

225 Years Ago Today Mozart Died, We’re Still Not Sure How

December 5, 2016

Mozart died 225 years ago today. He was only 35. The cause of Mozart’s death is a medical question that has endured as long as his music. University of Michigan medical historian and PBS contributor Dr. Howard Markel sat down with us today to help unwind the medical mystery.

'Half Of Humanity Has Something To Say': Composer Kaija Saariaho On Her Met Debut

December 3, 2016

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.

The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

December 2, 2016

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.

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