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Celebrate International Women's Day on Wednesday, March 8 at 6 PM, when Classical IPR presents "I Am Woman, Hear Me Sing," a program about music written and performed by women. Produced by WFIU's Harmonia, the program explores the music of 16th-century Italian nun Raffaella Aleotti, the first nun to have her work published. Then, Trio Mediaeval goes to 13th-century England with their reconstruction of a Lady Mass.

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Verdi’s La Traviata. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva reprises her widely praised interpretation of the heroine Violetta, with tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover Alfredo, and baritone Thomas Hampson as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont. The performance is conducted by Nicola Luisotti, Music Director of the San Francisco Opera.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 11 at 1pm ET.

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Symphony orchestras and opera companies across the country continually ask the same question: How do we attract a younger and more diverse audience?

Saturday night, I discovered something of an answer at the Washington National Opera's east coast premiere of Champion, a four-year-old opera by jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard.

In 21 seasons of attending WNO performances, I've never witnessed a more diverse crowd.

Practice is a physical activity, of course, but it's also hard mental work — if you're doing it right. A new video published by TED Ed gets down to the scientific nitty-gritty of what good practice looks like, and what it does to your brain. (Think axons and myelin, not "muscle memory" — muscles don't have "memory.")

Hailed by Opera Today for his “Puccinian fire power and dramatic heat to raise the hair on the back of your neck,” Lester Lynch has longed to record an album of traditional American spirituals since he began his career. Lynch’s newest album, On My Journey Now, is a dream come true. “Music speaks to and heals the human spirit,” writes Lynch in the album’s liner notes. “These songs have had a profound effect on American history.

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Thanks to listeners in Scottville, Wolverine, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Jamie Allen, arr.; Elephant Love Medley from Moulin Rouge; original motion picture soundtrack

2. Felix Mendelssohn; Octet for Strings, movements 3 & 4; Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

3. Julius Fucik; Winter Storm Waltz; Vaclav Neumann/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

4. Aaron Copland; Variations on a Shaker Hymn from Appalachian Spring; Leonard Slatkin, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Outside of show business, the presidency is one of the few jobs that comes with its own song.

In a tradition dating back to the 1800s, when the commander in chief enters the room, the U.S. Marine Band strikes up "Hail to the Chief."

Tune in to Classical IPR on Friday, March 3 at 6 PM to celebrate the 80th birthday of American composer Philip Glass. In February 2016, WFMT host Kerry Frumkin spoke with Glass about his life in music, where he’s been, and what’s inspired him. This program features their conversation, performances of several of Glass's compositions and recordings of works that have inspired Glass over the years.

It's become an annual tradition for NPR to host a live band in our studios for a full day. This year, we upped the ante and invited around 70 musicians from Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony Orchestra to play the musical interludes between stories on All Things Considered.

Grammy-award winner Bob James is well known for his jazz music, but recently just premiered his new piano concerto. Since December, he has had his piano at Interlochen Public Radio. That’s because he recorded a new album with Nancy Stagnitta, flute instructor at Interlochen. The duo is about to premiere their new work at a concert in the Dendrinos Chapel and Recital Hall here on the Interlochen campus. Fittingly, the album is called, “In the Chapel in the Moonlight.”

Bob and Nancy joined Kate Botello in Studio A to give us a preview. The concert will be held March 4 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit tickets.interlochen.org or call the Interlochen box office at 231-276-7800.


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Massenet’s Werther starring tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role of the tortured young poet opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the beautiful but unobtainable Charlotte. Edward Gardner leads the cast that also features Anna Christy as Charlotte’s younger sister Sophie, with David Bizic reprising the role of Albert and Maurizio Muraro as Le Bailli.

Listen LIVE on Classical IPR on Saturday, March 4 at 1pm ET.

After a five-year recording hiatus, the Gaudete Brass Quintet returns to the studio for its triumphant fourth album, "sevenfive: The John Corigliano Effect." Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet has distinguished itself for its dedication to both excellence in performance and promotion of brass chamber music and repertoire.

Bill Evans was a genius: The jazz world, which can be roiled by factions and jealousies, usually agrees on that. He was a composer and pianist with a light, lyrical touch that was once described as what you might hear at the gates of heaven. But like many geniuses, Evans died too young — in 1980, at the age of just 51, after years of cocaine and heroin addiction.

A new documentary by filmmaker Bruce Spiegel helps capture that genius with interviews of musicians, family members, and archival footage of Bill Evans himself.

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Thanks to listeners in Harbor Springs, Buckley, Platte Lake, Gaborone (Botswana), and many other places for your requests this week.

1. Antonin Dvorak, “O Lovely Moon” from Rusalka; Seiji Ozawa/Boston Symphony Orchestra/Frederica von Stade

2. Gioacchino Rossini, Overture to William Tell; Charles Dutoit/Montreal Symphony Orchestra

3. John Adams, Harmonielehre, movement III; Michael Tilson Thomas/San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

4. Erik Satie, Gnossienes nos. 1-3; Klara Kormendi

"I feel your pain." The phrase might still be linked to Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, but it's also an apt descriptor for a new project by The Crossing, the adventuresome Philadelphia-based choir, based on some very old music.

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas. For the past six weeks, judges have been traveling the world to hear potential competitors audition. One notable stop is Moscow — where the American pianist for whom the contest is named stunned the world 59 years ago, winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition at the height of the Cold War.

Here's your "Awwww" and "Whoa!!" moment for today: a demonstration of a teeny-tiny, working pipe organ. It's an instrument made out of nothing but paper and cardboard (with one side covered by translucent plastic so that you can see its inner workings), and it's powered by nothing but an inflated balloon.

The Polish-born conductor and composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who led the Minnesota Orchestra for nearly two decades and worked with that symphony for well over 50 years in total, died Tuesday at age 93.

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Tune in to Classical IPR on Friday, February 24 at 6 PM to celebrate the 90th birthday of American soprano Leontyne Price. Presented by the WFMT Radio Network, The Stradivarius of Singers: A Tribute to Leontyne Price is a tribute in music and words to Price's life and career.

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The 2016-17 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Kristine Opolais starring in her first Met broadcast of her breakthrough role, the title character in Dvořák’s Rusalka. The dark love story about a water nymph and a human man, derived in large part from Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” will also star Jamie Barton in her network role debut as the witch Ježibaba, with Katarina Dalayman as the Foreign Princess, Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, and Eric Owens as Rusalka’s father, the Water Gnome. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

The Academy Awards are coming up on February 28, and it's your turn to pick a winner!

Five films have been nominated for the Best Musical Score Oscar - which is your favorite? Listen to the scores and vote for the one YOU think should win the Oscar this year. See how your pick measures up with Academy voters!

We'll be featuring suites from the scores all week on Classical IPR.

Click through for links to the scores, and to vote in our poll!

 

French record label Harmonia Mundi brings a captivating new album of 18th-century music for harp and orchestra. La Harpe Reine (“The Queen’s Harp”) celebrates the harp’s renaissance in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This renaissance was inspired by Marie Antoinette, who arrived at the French court with her harp in 1770. The result was a flurry of new compositions for harp.

 

Welcome to Episode 39 - the Season Three Finale! - of Show Tunes with Kate Botello.  Coming up: it’s our Audience Appreciation Special! We asked, you answered - and tonight we’ve got a pile of YOUR favorite show tunes. At Intermission, we’ll talk with Rene Ruiz, founder of Toxic Audio, about combining the worlds of a capella singing and theatre.

Click through for this week's playlist and a beautiful video of Jake Gyllenhaal from the new production of SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.


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