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Ukrainian Wins Top Prize At Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Vadym Kholodenko, 26, of Ukraine, won the top prize at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
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David Finckel On The Emerson Quartet's Changing Of The Guard

The quartet's new album of Tchaikovsky and Schoenberg is the last to feature the cellist and longtime member of the group.
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'Arab Idol' Finalist Delivers Sweet Music, Palestinian Pride

In the Arab world's version of American Idol, a young singer from the isolated Gaza Strip is hitting high notes of Palestinian hope. Supporters say a victory by Mohammad Assaf, a finalist in the competition, would be a victory for art, long neglected in Gaza.
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Tim McGraw: 'I'm Just Now Learning How To Be Good'

One of America's country superstars, McGraw has a sense of humor about his career, especially his early hits (and hairstyles). His new album is called Two Lanes of Freedom.
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A Rock Star, A Novelist And A Super-Producer Write A Musical

No, it's not the setup to a joke. John Mellencamp, Stephen King and T-Bone Burnett are the creative team behind Ghosts of Darkland County, a stage show based on a true story of small-town tragedy.
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Aoife O'Donovan: Digging Up Musical 'Fossils'

The singer, best known as the voice of the alt-bluegrass band Crooked Still, is releasing her solo debut, full of songs from and inspired by the Irish folk tradition she grew up with.

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