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

Yo-Yo Ma: Goats, Rodeos And The Power Of Music

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Hear the cellist talk about the purpose of music in the face of racial tension and health crises, plus his new album, Not Our First Goat Rodeo, which reunites him with old bluegrass buddies.

New York Philharmonic's Clarinetist Takes Two Knees To Protest Racism

Monday, June 15, 2020

The New York Philharmonic's Anthony McGill, a Black clarinetist, went viral in a YouTube video protesting racism in the U.S.

Clarinetist Anthony McGill Kneels, Pleads And Plays For Justice

Thursday, June 4, 2020

With the help of a few "wrong" notes, the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic turned "America the Beautiful" into a solemn protest of police violence.

C.P.E. Bach: Mercurial Diversions For Uncertain Times

Monday, May 11, 2020

In a new album of keyboard concertos, hear how J.S. Bach's son charted his own startling and original path in music that sparkles with unpredictability

Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Grammy-winning American cellist had a wide-ranging career that spanned Bach to new music written by Augusta Read Thomas. His colleagues also treasured him as a generous musical collaborator.

Marin Alsop On Her Swing Orchestra And Stepping Down From The Baltimore Symphony

Saturday, April 18, 2020

We learn all kinds of interesting things when we're at loose ends during a pandemic lockdown. Did you know that Baltimore Symphony Orchetsra Music Director Marin Alsop co-founded a swing band?

When Pandemics Arise, Composers Carry On

Monday, April 13, 2020

Plagues and epidemics are ages-old phenomena. They've triggered both fear and inspiration. NPR's Tom Huizenga surveys musical responses from composers over the centuries.

Russian Music To Lift Your Spirits During Social Distancing

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Classical music opinionator Fran Hoepfner joins us to discuss the music that lifts her spirits during the coronavirus crisis.

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