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  1. Discovering Philippe Jaroussky's haunting performance of a Reynaldo Hahn melody

    years ago, but fell in love with it again when recently thumbing through our music library (aka, CPR ... migrated to Paris with his family when he was four years old. He entered the Paris Conservatory at age 10, ... was appointed director of the Paris Opera at the end of the war in 1945, and died two years later ...

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  2. A peek inside Yo-Yo Ma's playhouse music party with the Silk Road Ensemble

    on the air and helped us raise money for the Colorado Symphony a few years ago. He is a serious ...

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  3. A turntable that 'plays' tree rings instead of vinyl grooves: How did he do that?

    connection between year rings of a tree trunk and grooves of a record. You may have seen this:  His record ... player "plays" slices of wood, with the year rings translated into music.  The first thing ... piece, titled “Years”?  You can listen to and download his recordings of spruce, ash, oak and other trees ...

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  4. Pencil it in: One thing a good musician always remembers at rehearsal

    is a huge no-no. Somebody else is always going to use your music after you do. You can't erase ...

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  5. Happy birthday, J.S. Bach: Five quotes about why we love his music

    followed, as  his eldest son sold it off piece by piece. Eighty years after Bach died,  composer and ... with Beethoven and Mozart), but  that wasn’t always the case. In fact, after Bach died his music ... None of his music was included as a  valuable asset.  And much of it disappeared in the years that ...

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  6. Christmas Carol Countdown: After the Voting Ends

    year to year. Generally speaking, the top ten carols have been pretty stable in their popularity over ... Tabulations and tallies. Count up the votes and count down the carols. This is the 5th year of our ... the last five years, but even as I say that, I see that this year’s carol in the #3 spot didn’t garner ...

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  7. Italy: The birthplace of opera (and a great travel destination)

    Verdi died nearly 60 years after “Nabucco,” 300,000 people lined the streets to watch his funeral ... Commons/Public domain) GIOACHINO ROSSINI  (1792-1868)  Rossini wrote hit after hit, making him the most famous ... opera composer in all of Europe.  For 15 years Rossini ruled opera. “The Barber of Seville,” ...

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  8. Pledge drive memories: When grown men wept tears of gratitude in Studio 4A

    contributions of all shapes and sizes, when word came in that we’d received a pledge from a 6-year-old named ... with this request: Please take this contribution and add it to the 6-year-old’s pledge of $24, making ...

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  9. The Kronos Quartet: Still daring after all these years

    Anastasia Tsioulcas The Kronos Quartet: Still daring after all these years Kronos Quartet is ... celebrating 40 years of playing music together — and to mark the occasion, they're playing a celebration ... meant learning an often complex new piece every two weeks for some 40 years. "Every time we bring ...

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  10. Happy birthday, Wolfgang: Celebrating Mozart's superhuman talent

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 258 years ago this Monday. He was one of the great composers of ... Corpus 1 p.m.: Requiem Mass 2 p.m.: Jupiter Symphony (No. 41) 5 p.m.: Five Fugues After Bach 6 p.m.: ...

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