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Music + Culture
9:48 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Guy Who Identified the Stolen Stradivarius Can Help You Pick a Violin

Credit Stefan Hersh / darntonhersh.com

The Classical music world was relieved when Milwaukee police found the stolen Stradivarius. But how were they sure it was the genuine article? After all, people have tried to pass off counterfeits before.  Enter this guy: 

Stefan Hersh.

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Stradivarius Found
8:25 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Stolen Stradivarius Found By Milwaukee Police

A Stradivarius violin is pictured in December 2009 at the restoration and research laboratory of the Musee de la Musique in Paris.
Patrick Kovarik AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 8:26 am

Police in Milwaukee have recovered "Lipinski" – a 300-year-old Stradivarius stolen last month from a concertmaster as he was walking to his car with the rare violin.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, quoting law enforcement officials, says the instrument has been found:

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From The Top Tacoma
12:56 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

From The Top Auditions Due

From The Top joins Northwest Public Radio April 24 in Tacoma's Rialto Theater.

Young classical musicans: send in your audition tape now! Submissions are due at the end of the month.  

Northwest Public Radio is seeking applications from young musicians across the region to be on the April 24 show, at the Rialto Theater in Tacoma, sponsored in part by Ted Brown Music and the Broadway Center For The Performing Arts.

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Music + Culture
10:54 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Journey to the Awards

Competitors for the American Pianists Association $100,000.00 fellowship. Left to right; Eric Zuber, Claire Huangci, Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour and Andrew Staupe.
Credit John Behringer / APA

Tune in for Journey to the Awards, a series that documents the finals of the yearlong competition, the 2013 ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards of the American Pianists Association. Monday through Thursday evenings, October 28th through the 31st, you’ll hear performances and behind-the-scenes interviews with the five finalists vying for the $100,000 prize, one of the most lucrative awards available to an American pianist.

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Scary Movie Scores
9:57 am
Tue October 1, 2013

The Scores That Haunt You

A recreation of one of the most iconic scenes in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The score that accompanied this moment is a staple of classic horror film music.
Credit Rain Rannu / Flickr

With another Halloween approaching, horror, thriller, and supernatural films
come to the fore.  Many of these pictures feature original music by composers
who have the gift for pushing our buttons and sending our pulses racing.

Bernard Herrmann, a frequent collaborator with director Alfred Hitchcock,
helped make history with his searing, astringent score for Psycho (1960).
Violins have never quite seemed the same.  Nor has taking a shower.

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Music + Culture
11:03 am
Fri September 6, 2013

"Last Night of the Proms"

George Lloyd served on the HMS Trinidad and suffered from post traumatic stress after serving on the ship.
Credit Parnall, C H (Lt) Royal Navy official photographer / Wikimedia Commons

The “Last Night of the Proms,” one of the biggest classical music parties of the summer, is tomorrow night with performances in London, Belfast and Glasgow.

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Music + Culture
12:04 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

What Do Salmon Ladders and Opera Have in Common? Thomas Hampson Explains

Thomas Hampson argues that opera is still applicable. He is in Salzburg Festival this month as Rodrigo in the production of Don Carlo.
Credit Dario Acosta

You don’t have to have roots in Walla Walla to become the world’s favorite defender of the art form known as opera, but the Grammy-winning opera star Thomas Hampson does, and he knows how to use them. In a surprisingly buzzworthy confrontation on a BBC show called Hardtalk, Hampson (raised in Spokane; studied at Eastern Washington; endowed a scholarship at Walla Walla U.) faced down a hostile interviewer’s accusation that opera is only for elitist rich people.

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Music + Culture
2:32 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

And in This Corner: A Baritone Fights For Opera On The BBC

Baritone Thomas Hampson takes his punches for opera on a BBC talk show.
Dario Acosta

With an interview show named HARDtalk I suppose the host might be expected to come out swinging. And recently the BBC's Sarah Montague did not disappoint.

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Northwest Music
10:04 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Remembering Toby Saks

Acclaimed cellist Toby Saks led the Seattle Chamber Music Society's popular festivals for years. She was 71 when she died on August 1, 2013.
Credit Seattle Chamber Music Society

Northwest music lovers are mourning the death of Toby Saks, founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. A major figure in the musical and civic life of the Pacific Northwest, Saks was well known in the region's classical community. Two of Northwest Public Radio's classical announcers remember her:

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Vaughan Williams and Ezra Meeker
9:36 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ezra Meeker, Ralph Vaughan Williams, And Beer: Historic Homes. Historic Hops

Leith Hill Place, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s family home in Surrey, England, just opened to the public this summer.
Credit British National Trust

Perhaps you’re enjoying a cold Northwest craft brew on an August evening and listening to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose sweet orchestral sounds often keep you company on Northwest Public Radio.

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