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Northwest Public Radio's classical music programming staff has lately been making sure to include women composers on our playlists. Here's one you might not have heard of -- but now you will. Julia Wolfe has received the Pulitzer Prize for her oratorio about coal miners and their families.

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Happy Birthday to the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare! As you heard all throughout April 23 on Northwest Public Radio, his theatrical genius has inspired countless composers over the centuries. Since music is "the food of love," play on!

Check the "Schedules and Playlist" tab for all the Shakespeare related music on the April 23 playlist. 

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So you love your coffee, but do you know your beans? To help you get started on your way to becoming a coffee aficionado, here are some coffee basics.

Where The Beans Come From

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This month, the Northwest native Angela Meade will grace the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York in Verdi’s Ernani. The Centralia native is no newcomer to opera, and has maintained a buzz of international excitement from critics and opera fans alike, since the beginning of her car

Super Thursday brought you three musical montages of piano, choral and opera hits. If you missed them, you can listen below and find information on playlists! 

Piano Concerto Montage - Created by Jessie Jacobs

Sergei Rachmaninoff 

Concerto No. 2: I.

Van Cliburn, piano/ RCA Symphony Orchestra, Kiril Kondrashin

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Peter Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1: I. 

Van Cliburn, piano/ Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner

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When you become a first-time member of Northwest Public Radio we promise it will be the smoothest, easiest relationship you've ever had! And when you pledge today your new membership is worth and extra $11,000! If 400 first-time listeners join Northwest Public Radio, members of our Leadership Circle will donate $11,000 to help pay for the programs you use! Join now!

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When you become a first-time member of Northwest Public Radio during the 2015 spring pledge drive you will be raising even more money! How? If 400 listeners become new members, our Leadership Circle will donate $11,000 to the station. That means your pledge, in any amount, will be worth more! Become a new member today!

We're in radio, but that doesn't mean we don't love our movies. We took some of our favorite movie scenes and made in them into a message specially for our supporters and listeners. Can you tell what movies and characters these are from?

That's not it, though. To make sure you truly understand how much your support means to us...well, heeeeeere's Brett!

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When actor-director Ethan Hawke (star of Boyhood) found himself seated next to a classical pianist named Seymour Bernstein at a dinner party, stage fright was what they found they had in common. Bernstein had handled his decades ago, by walking away from the glitter and fame of a concert career in favor of a teaching career and a solitary life. Hawke, in his directorial debut, profiles his new friend in a labor of love, the tender documentary film Seymour: An Introduction.

One of our favorite NPR shows plus Beethoven's famous little piano piece adds up to a must-listen moment!

From Fresh Air with Terry Gross (weekdays at 2 on our News Service; Sundays at 5 on our Classical Music Service): the show's music critic delights in a 1932 performance of Fur Elise, revived by a company called Pristine Audio.

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