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      The Many Lives of Shakespeare

      People are always saying William Shakespeare is the greatest English language writer. Did you know he translates well, too? Giuseppe Verdi supposedly kept the complete Shakespeare (in Italian) beside his bed. This week on Exploring Music, Bill McGlaughlin explores the synergies between Shakespeare's words and different composers around the world more...

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      One only has to hear Vivaldi's Goldfinch Concerto from 1728, or selections from John Dowland's 16th century songbooks to know that the celebration of nature is as old as the hills. Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day 2014. WFMT's celebration will include Richard Strauss's epic tone poem An Alpine Symphony more...

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      DeLayed Reaction: there are thousands of music schools throughout the world, few can claim a teacher having the cachet of Dorothy DeLay. Teacher to Itzhak Perlman, Midori, and Gil Shaham, the gentle lady from Kansas became a kingmaker from her studio at the Juilliard School, a teaching career that more...

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      Review: Conductor Rescues a Puccini Classic

      “Manon Lescaut,” which has had several recent productions, has something to offer to those who love Puccini and to those who don’t.

      From Liszt’s Soliloquies to Labor Blues

      Gilles Vonsattel played works by Beethoven, George Benjamin, Liszt, Messiaen, Heinz Holliger and Frederic Rzewski on Friday at Bargemusic.

      Dryly Sharing a Stage and Musicians, but Little Else

      The Miller Theater’s Bach, Revisited series continued with a program of works by Bach and Joan Tower, although the latter composer saw little connection between their respective music.

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