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As The Year Closes, A Concert Hall Remains Empty

By the time 2013 ends, the Minnesota Orchestra will not have played a single note in its own concert hall due to a labor dispute between musicians and management. It's an emblem of the problems facing non-profit arts institutions around the country.
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'Together Again' With Wynton Marsalis, 20 Years Later

Celebrated jazz pianist Marcus Roberts is releasing three albums simultaneously. One is a 12-movement suite titled From Rags to Rhythm. The other two are collaborations with the now-famous trumpeter who helped launch his career.
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Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

For more than two centuries, France's Pleyel pianos were among the best in the world. They were a favorite of Chopin and Debussy. But now the iconic brand has been forced to close its last remaining plant.
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How A Hip-Hop Remix Helped Make 'Cruise' The Year's Biggest Country Hit

Florida Georgia Line's members sing about listening to the radio while watching young women. The duo's song "Cruise" set an all-time record for most weeks at the top of the country chart — and, with the help of a guest appearance from Nelly, exemplified a rising tide of "bro country."
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Quiet As Kept, Women Dominated Country Music In 2013

As the year comes to a close, NPR's Neda Ulaby takes a look at a particular category of artists that has had an outstanding year in music. While female country musicians have had a banner year, their work also went against prevailing radio and industry trends — for better or worse.
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It Was 50 Years Ago Today: 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' Hit U.S.

Listen to a clip. We can almost guarantee it will raise a smile. I Want To Hold Your Hand is the song that kicked off Beatlemania in the U.S.
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A Christian Musician With More Questions Than Answers

Josh Garrels says his music tries to "peel back layers" of what it means to be a Christian. He says he's given away 153,000 digital copies of his breakout album, Love & War & The Sea in Between.
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Lorde Sounds Like Teen Spirit

The story of 2013's wild-haired teenage pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with the 1991 emergence of grunge kingpins Nirvana, but recast for the millennial age.
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Fiennes Brings Dickens To 'Perfect' Life In 'Invisible Woman'

The works of Charles Dickens have been made into literally hundreds of films and TV episodes, but almost nothing has been done with the great author's life, until now. Our reviewer says The Invisible Woman is an exceptional film about love, longing and regret.
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Harold Bradley: The Guitarist Of Nashville Past

"Everything that was happening in the studio, that was my world," the prolific musician says of his career as a go-to guitarist in Tennessee. Now 86, Bradley has worked across many decades, and on thousands of songs.

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