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Quality Time with Yo-Yo Ma

    NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts are such a delight. They're often such a casual and intimate look at an artist. Who better to spend time with one-on-one than the lovely cello legend Yo-Yo Ma? Spend some quality time with Ma, enjoying his sweet cello tone on selections...

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The Sackbut

The Sackbut

https://youtu.be/xnRXhiC5SMA?t=5s   The trombone is quite the instrument. It's a real favorite with the kids wherever the New West Symphony Music Van comes around. And it has a fascinating history, nearly falling into obscurity and once going by a name like "sackbut."...

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Fugue…on themes by Michael Jackson?

Fugue…on themes by Michael Jackson?

Everybody loves a good fugue. Well okay, maybe not everybody, but at the very least a fugue is a dazzling display of intertwining lines, harmonious counterpoint, and melodic invention. Which is why it's so interesting to hear familiar melodies from the King of Pop in...

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Elephants love piano and cows love brass

Elephants love piano and cows love brass

On the banks of the River Kwai in Northern Thailand live a small group of old injured and distressed elephants in a sanctuary called ElephantsWorld. English pianist Paul Barton treats the elephants, many of whom are blind, to classical piano performances, and they...

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Chamber music returns to the living room

Chamber music returns to the living room

Classical music still has a fighting change among the younger generation, thanks in large part to Groupmuse! Groupmuse is an innovative project that connects classical musicians with people's living rooms, to put on chamber music performances! Intimate and casual...

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