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A stolen Strad is back on stage

A stolen Strad is back on stage

You may have heard Nina Totenberg. She's a legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio. You may also have heard Roman Totenberg.   https://youtu.be/sgVEHITy-9U?t=1204   He was Nina's father, and a world-renown violinist and educator. He enjoyed playing the...

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Sing your heart like Sylvia

Sing your heart like Sylvia

After years of singing with world-famous orchestras and opera companies in the US and Europe, Sylvia McNair faced a turning point. Two stacks of music sat on the piano before her. One, a pile of towering opera roles she needed to master. Next to it, tunes from the...

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He brought the Gershwin family to tears

He brought the Gershwin family to tears

Kevin Cole garnered a reputation as a masterful Gershwin interpreter on the piano. So much so that he performed for the Gershwin family and George’s close friends. Kevin says, “About halfway through, I noticed that one by one, they were getting up and leaving the...

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When a cadenza goes bluegrass

When a cadenza goes bluegrass

In music, a cadenza is an "improvised or written out ornamental passage played or sung by a soloist," and it's often where a soloist can really shine. Violinist Tessa Lark certainly improvised her cadenza at this rehearsal of Dvořák's Violin Concerto with the...

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