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11:34 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Samuel Yirga plays Ethiopian standards with a voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 11:09 am

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A Blog Supreme
3:57 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Late Returns From Election Night

Left to right: Tarus Mateen, Jason Moran, Donvonte McCoy, Nasheet Waits and Marshall Keys perform at the Kennedy Center's Election Night Jam.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 9:56 pm

An Election Party With A Soundtrack

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Mountain Stage
3:36 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

JD McPherson On Mountain Stage

Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:44 pm

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Music News
1:38 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Always A Rose: Elliott Carter Remembered

Elliott Carter at Tanglewood in 2008 on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz is sitting right behind Carter.
Michael J. Lutch

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:02 pm

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Classics in Concert
10:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Carnegie Hall Live: Belcea Quartet Plays Beethoven Tonight At 8 P.M. ET

The players in the Belcea Quartet played a series of late Beethoven string quartets at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.
Melanie Burford NPR

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 3:30 pm

There comes a time in the life of most string quartets when, for better or worse, Beethoven must be confronted. For the acclaimed Belcea Quartet (named after its first violinist Corina Belcea), that time is now. The London-based group, founded at the Royal College of Music in 1994, is thoroughly steeped in Beethoven's 16 string quartets — pieces written throughout the early, middle and late stages of his career in an epic sweep of compositional mastery and imagination.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:05 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Young Cellist With An Old Soul Plays Elgar, Elliott Carter

Cellist Alisa Weilerstein.
Gerardo Antonio Sanchez Torres courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 8:29 am

American cellist Alisa Weilerstein has been attracting intense heat over the last few years. Not only did she win a 2011 MacArthur "genius" grant, but in 2009 she gave a blistering performance of Kodaly at the White House for President and Mrs.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:55 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:08 pm

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All Songs Considered
5:05 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

First Watch: Ben Sollee, 'A Few Honest Words'

Ben Sollee
Magnus Lindqvist Courtesy of the Artist

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 1:12 pm

Ben Sollee is not only an unconventional cellist, but also an unconventional human being. Recently, he took his cello, walked up the long steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the mall in D.C. (along with the Mason Jar Music film crew) and began to perform. It's not legal to do that, but like I said, Ben Sollee — the guy who bikes his cello across the country — is not a follower. The following video captures the moments in the shadow of Lincoln amid a throng of tourists.

From Ben Sollee:

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A Blog Supreme
4:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

'Treme,' Ep. 27: Fat Tuesday 2008

Aaron Neville performs with The Neville Brothers in Treme.
Paul Schiraldi HBO

The three seasons of Treme have all found their way to Mardi Gras; appropriately, the day is always depicted with all the spectacle, vice and musical mayhem you might expect. Josh Jackson of WBGO returns to break down the many musical scenes in this year's go-round.


Patrick Jarenwattananon: So many flashes of live music this episode. Let's start at the beginning. Did you recognize the band where Lieut. Colson and his fellow officer are talking, and there are (clothed) women on poles in the French Quarter?

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The Checkout: Live
11:06 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Greg Tardy + Omer Avital: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Gregory Tardy.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 7:32 am

Saxophonist Gregory Tardy came of musical age in New Orleans, then moved to New York after being picked up by drummer Elvin Jones' band. He found his way into a wide variety of groups — including a long tenure with Andrew Hill during the pianist's prolific final years — and made several albums as a bandleader. Still an international-caliber musician, Tardy has been less visible in the big city since he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., for a teaching position, but he returns here with his own concept and own band.

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