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Classical 'Rock Star' Joshua Bell Takes On Conducting

Joshua Bell, the violin prodigy who grew into what some call a classical-music rock star, is directing the orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Bell is the orchestra's first music director since Sir Neville Marriner, who created the group. Originally broadcast on June 7, 2012.

Miguel Zenon And Laurent Coq Play 'Hopscotch'

Julio Cortázar's book Rayuela is expansive, smart, breezy, romantic and occasionally reminiscent of a disturbing dream. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq's Rayuela-inspired album lands on all those squares.
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Mining New Political Data: Music And Politics

As Election 2012 enters its final stretch, both parties are experimenting with new data sources -— like music preferences or web searches -- to glean insights about potential voters.


Derek Hoke: Three Quiet Chords And A Microphone

The Nashville singer-songwriter just released his second album, Waiting All Night, and describes his crowd-pleasing music as "quietbilly."
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Labor Day Concert On Capitol Lawn Moved To Kennedy Center

The National Symphony Orchestra will take the stage indoors tonight at its annual Labor Day concert, after U.S. Capitol Police decided to move the show to the Kennedy Center due to predicted bad weather.


Cat Power: 'I'm Not Ashamed To Hear My Voice'

Chan Marshall discusses Sun, her first album of original work in six years — and the winding process behind its creation.