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Talking Great Teachers And Students With Two Piano Masters

The relationship between a teacher and a student can be transformative. It's a particularly important relationship in classical music. And what pianists Gary Graffman and Lang Lang say about teaching and learning could be applied to many different areas and fields, not just music and the other arts.
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Leaders In Early Music Face A Final Curtain, With Grace

The world-renowned vocal chamber group The Hilliard Ensemble will disband in 2014 after 40 years of performing. Host Arun Rath speaks with founding member David James about their final concerts and their new album Il Cor Tristo.
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A Jew And A Latino Walk Into A Recording Studio...

It's an era of music that has faded from memory, but some say it's an integral part of American history: Latin-Jewish music in the mid-20th century. Steve Berlin of Chicano band Los Lobos says if this were the soundtrack to his Hebrew school experience, he would have never dropped out.
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At Christmas, The Tubas Finally Get The Melody

In more than 270 cities this year, all around the world, special concerts will present Christmas music down at the low end of the musical scale. It's called "Tuba Christmas," and we hear a bit of it from a performance in Washington, D.C.
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Feminists Everywhere React To Beyonce's Latest

At the end of a year in which Sheryl Sandberg released Lean In, Miley Cyrus and Diane Martel provoked everybody, #solidarityisforwhitewomen was born, and British singer Lily Allen put her foot in it, Beyonce's album has reignited conversations about the boundaries of feminism today.
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From Duke's 'Nutcracker' To A Cynical Carol, Jazz For Christmas

American Routes host Nick Spitzer calls in to chat with NPR's David Greene about a few noteworthy Christmas contributions from some of jazz music's most revered and beloved artists.
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Michele Rosewoman Goes Back To Afro-Cuban Jazz's Future

You could look at Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba band as reuniting cousins who've drifted apart: jazz and folkloric Cuban music with its own family ties to the slave coast of West Africa.
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Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Are In The Rock Hall

Also in the 2014 class of inductees: Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel and Hall and Oates, Nominees who didn't make the cut included YES, Deep Purple and The Zombies.
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Remembering Ray Price, Voice Of The Nashville Sound

Country Music Hall of Fame singer Ray Price had a hand in changing the sound of country music not once but twice. He put honky-tonk on top of the charts and then helped make orchestras part of country music. He died Monday afternoon at age 87.
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New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come

When billionaire John Paulson first bought Steinway & Sons, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians. Would Steinway's famously handcrafted pianos be changed, for the sake of efficiency?

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