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11:06 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Meet Virginia Campbell On This Week's Performance Oklahoma

Virginia Campbell

For over 30 years, Oklahoma City pianist, teacher, entertainer and entrepreneur Virginia Campbell has offered the Piano Artist Series.  Begun as a special concert and  festival to host Austrian pianist and teacher Jorg Demus in the mid-1980s, the series has evolved over the years to include a number of pianists from around the world, along with a sprinkling of chamber ensembles and vocalists.   The concerts, held on Sunday afternoons first took place at Bethany Nazarene College and after that, in Oklahoma City at First Presbyterian Church, Chr

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Live At The Village Vanguard
9:16 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Dave King Trio: Live At The Village Vanguard

Dave King.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 11:54 am

Perhaps you know Dave King as the drummer in The Bad Plus, or any number of avant-improv/indie-rock/Americana/electronic experimental bands rooted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. But somewhere in that mix is a deep fondness for the jazz tradition, and recently, he made it a point to say so with a full-length album. I've Been Ringing You investigates standards, mostly slow and medium-tempo ballads, in rough-hewn textures.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:05 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

New York City's 'People's Opera' May Face Its Final Curtain

Pamela Armstrong (left) as Alice Ford and Heather Johnson as Meg Page in New York City Opera's production of Falstaff. The so called people's opera may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.
Carol Rosegg New York City Opera

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:15 pm

There are a lot of operas that end with heroines on their deathbeds, singing one glorious aria before they die. That's what happens at the end of Anna Nicole, the controversial new work that New York City Opera is presenting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September. But the company's artistic director and general manager, George Steel, says it could also be City Opera's last gasp.

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Music Reviews
1:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Bob Dylan's 'Self Portrait,' Now In Vivid Color

Bob Dylan in 1970, the year he released his 10th studio album, Self Portrait.
John Cohen Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 1:36 pm

In the late 1960s, it wasn't just that Bob Dylan's music was eagerly anticipated — it was music that millions of people pored over: for pleasure, for confirmation of their own ideas, and for clues as to the state of mind of its creator. In this context, the double-album Self-Portrait arrived in 1970 with a resounding, moist flop. I don't mean it was a commercial flop; it sold well.

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A Blog Supreme
8:03 am
Tue September 10, 2013

The Odd Jobs Of Dave King

Dave King.
Courtesy of the artist

Among musicians, drummers are the explorers, the tinkerers, the polymaths. They don't just play one instrument, but dozens at the very least.

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Music Reviews
11:20 am
Mon September 9, 2013

When Duke Flirted With The Queen

Duke Ellington, looking dapper in 1958.
Evening Standard Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 8:35 am

In 1958, at an arts festival in Yorkshire, Duke Ellington was presented to Queen Elizabeth II. They tied up the reception line for a few minutes, exchanging royal pleasantries; our Duke politely flirted with Her Majesty. Soon afterward, maybe that very night, Ellington outlined the movements of The Queen's Suite. He recorded it with his orchestra the following year, sent it to Her Majesty, and declined to release it to the public in his lifetime. It's not clear whether Queen Elizabeth has listened to it.

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Deceptive Cadence
4:33 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Banjos, Bartók And La Belle Époque: New Classical Albums

Caleb Burhans debut album as a composer is called Evensong.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 11:34 am

People ask why I thrive on classical music, and I tell them it's all about discovery. The possibilities for finding incredible music, both old and new, are endless as the oceans.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
3:23 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

On the Next ATJ: New York, New York --- The City in Jazz

You're both welcome and encouraged to come along for the next installment of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 7th right here on Public Radio 89.5-1. As ever, we'll offer modern jazz, both recent and classic, with all of it --- without exception --- sounding excellent or better.

We'll also offer, again as ever, a Sunday-night re-broadcast of our program on the 8th, beginning at 7pm, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:36 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Chuck Mangione On Piano Jazz

Chuck Mangione.
Courtesy of the artist

Flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione is widely known for the crossover success of his catchy mid-1970s tunes. But his jazz credentials are rock-solid: His mentor Dizzy Gillespie once recommended him for a spot in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Mangione and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi team up with host Marian McPartland for some dynamic trio work in a session from 1999, including his famous tune "Feels So Good" and a few beloved standards.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:03 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Music For The Bisontennial

Pablo Helguera for NPR

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 5:25 pm

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, on Twitter @nprclassical, or on Facebook at NPR Classical.

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