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Minnesota Orchestra Honors Nelson Mandela By Bringing Music To South Africa

August 16, 2018

The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first major U.S. orchestra to play in Soweto, South Africa. The orchestra's tour of the country grew out of its conductor's work with youth orchestras there.

After Criticism, Philadelphia Orchestra Adds Female Composers To Its New Season

August 2, 2018

America's top orchestras are programming little or no music by women. Philadelphia has now included two works by female composers. A month ago it had zero.

On 'Fanfare For The Common Man,' An Anthem For The American Century

July 19, 2018

Written in the thick of WWII, Aaron Copland's piece seems to have hope woven between its notes. Mandalit del Barco asks why so many who hear it, from presidents to prog rockers, are still so moved.

What's The Buzz? Insects Have Invaded My Music

July 16, 2018

Insects have been an inspiration in music for centuries, starring in pieces from "Flight of the Bumblebee" to Mastodon's "March of the Fire Ants."

Oliver Knussen, Composer And Conductor, Dies At 66

July 9, 2018

Knussen, who wrote symphonies, chamber music and operas, is likely best known for his collaborations with children's author Maurice Sendak on adaptions like 1979's Where The Wild Things Are.

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