Music

Music Interviews
5:27 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

A Lone Trumpeter Serenades The National Mall

Trumpeter John Thornton plays at the corner of 7th Street and Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from NPR's headquarters.
Devon Kodzis NPR

Originally published on Fri August 24, 2012 3:23 pm

This summer, Weekend Edition Saturday is listening to the sounds of music al fresco. Today, we present an audio postcard of a trumpeter we recently heard blowing "The Star-Spangled Banner" just down the street from NPR.

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Music News
3:54 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Young Musicians Leave Nest For New Opportunities

Nathan Schram (back row, third from left) performs with his students from PS 75 in Brooklyn.
Stephanie Berger Getty Images

Originally published on Sat June 30, 2012 7:48 am

The odds of making it in the classical music business are long, but for the past two years, 25-year-old viola player Nathan Schram has received a stipend, health insurance, lots of amazing performance opportunities and a real-world education teaching violin students at an inner-city elementary school in Brooklyn. Now, Schram and his colleagues have to say goodbye to The Academy.

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World Cafe
1:32 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

M. Ward On World Cafe

M. Ward.
Courtesy of the artist

In recent years, indie-folk singer-songwriter M. Ward has dabbled in the retro pop sounds of She and Him with Zooey Deschanel and joined forces with Conor Oberst and Jim James in Monsters of Folk.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:51 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Around The Classical Internet: June 29, 2012

Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits Paris' Louvre Museum on June 29, 2012.
FRED DUFOUR AFP/Getty Images
  • How many contemporary political figures have a piano prize named after them? Here's one: Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. A gold medal will be awarded in her honor at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Playing the piano was one of her coping mechanisms during 15 years of house arrest.
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Piano Jazz
12:39 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Helen Sung.
Courtesy of the artist

Pianist Helen Sung appeared on Piano Jazz on the heels of her second release, Helenistique. Critics loved the energy, the intelligence and, as pianist Benny Green put it, "the life-affirming joy" that emanated from Sung's playing on that album. Marian McPartland, too, was seduced by Sung's "dazzling and passionate" approach.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:58 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Jonathan Biss Embraces Beethoven

Mito-Habe Evans NPR

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:26 pm

Every musician practices differently. Some turn their own living rooms into rehearsal spaces. Others, like pianist Jonathan Biss, prefer to step out of the comforts of home and into a studio. "It's a more productive way of working," Biss told us as we barged in with cameras and microphones.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Macaw And More

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:27 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon, or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

Favorite Sessions
5:07 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

KCRW Presents: Ben Howard

KCRW

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 10:35 am

Ben Howard is already a phenomenon in the UK. Word of mouth spread quickly after a series of performances around London and his native Devonshire and, after seeing him live, I can see why. He sang a handful of haunting folk songs, including standout "Depth over Distance".

Click here for more from this KCRW session.

World Cafe
3:15 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Latin Roots: The Trajectory Of Tango

Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla performs in France in July 1986.
STF Courtesy of AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 9:24 am

For World Cafe's 13th episode of Latin Roots, Latin-music expert Ernesto Lechner talks tango. Lechner was born and raised in Buenos Aires, which is widely regarded as the genre's birthplace.

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JazzSet
2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom On JazzSet

Allison Miller leads Boom Tic Boom at the Kennedy Center during the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of the Kennedy Center

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 4:56 pm

Allison Miller has a jazz portfolio with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and a host of others, as well as a pop career with Brandi Carlile, Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant. She's a U.S.

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