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Classical Music News

From our friends at NPR, PRX, and PBS Member Stations from around the country

Popular vs. Cool With Derek Thompson

Friday, February 24, 2017

Senior Editor of The Atlantic, Derek Thompson, tells Tricia about his new book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. He explains what makes Adele’s Hello and Drake’s Hot Line Bling top charts hits and how Star Wars was almost not famous. Plus, Derek says that popular doesn’t always mean cool, which is great news for nerds everywhere.

Beloved Conductor Of The Minnesota Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Dies

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The conductor who worked with the Minneapolis symphony for more than 50 years — and brought them to national prominence — died Tuesday at age 93.

'Game Of Thrones' Composer Ramin Djawadi On Melodies That Stick

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

While preparing to take the Game Of Thrones concert experience on the road this spring, Djawadi spoke with NPR's David Greene about his composing process. He says it all starts with a hum.

Leontyne Price At 90: The Voice We Still Love To Talk About

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sherrill Milnes calls it "an avalanche of sound." Jessye Norman says it's "a cloud filled with silver." Singers and critics talk about the amazing voice of Leontyne Price on her 90th birthday.

How The 'Leningrad Symphony' Became A Beacon Of Hope For A Besieged City

Friday, February 3, 2017

In 1941, composer Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his seventh symphony about the city of his birth. It was besieged by Hitler's troops and the population was starving.

All-Female Orchestra From Afghanistan Is A Force For Change

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

An orchestra composed of 30 Afghan women, ages 14 to 20, is defying stereotypes and reviving the country's musical tradition.

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