Music + Culture

Inland Folk Jam Session
8:59 am
Tue October 14, 2014

How Inland Folk Got Its Theme Song

It's catchy, and can stay with you the whole weekend! Inland Folk has used Good Road as its theme song since 1989! So how did Good Road come to be? Watch the video below to see Dan Maher perform with the song's creator and talk about its origin.

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Shakespeare Music
7:33 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Royal Shakespeare Company Opens Its Music Vault

The Royal Shakespeare Company is releasing albums of the music commissioned for its productions of many of the plays. Pictured the first collected edition of William Shakespeare's works.
Credit Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images

"Classics only become classics after a length of time. ... That's the beauty of it. And when people are listening to Michael Bruce's version in, say, a hundred years time, I wonder what they will think of that."

What’s the right music for a Shakespeare play? Depends on what century you’re in. In the 400 years since the plays were new, generations of composers have set their musical styles onto Shakespeare’s scripts.

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Improvisation Science
7:32 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Inside Bach's Brain: Your Frontal Lobe And Your Music

Super Thursday
8:35 am
Wed October 1, 2014

A Man Is Visited By Ghosts Then This Happens...

Rejoice, Super Thursday is here!
Credit Northwest Public Radio / youtube.com

Make your pledge now! You're the best!

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Photography
9:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Palouse Photographer Wins Photo Of The Year

Kenneth Carper says the best time of the year to visit the Palouse Falls is in the spring. His Photo of the Year proves it.
Credit Ken Carper / http://www.myparkphotos.com/

Kenneth Carper uploaded his first photograph to the My Park Photos website last May and this photo is now Photo of the Year. Carper says it was "beginner's luck" in his biography on the site, but it's clear that he has a true talent in photography.

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Music + Culture
12:23 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

That Moment When...

Perhaps her parents are listening to the wrong station?
Credit Sueann Ramella

Need to escape? You have the power at your fingertips! You have the power to educate yourself or find great entertainment with the simple press of a button. Northwest Public Radio is here for you.

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Seattle Symphony Pulitzer
9:54 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Prize Winning Northwest Composition 'Become Ocean' Released Today

John Luther Adams' new album, Become Ocean, comes out Sept. 30.
Credit Molly Sheridan/Courtesy of the artist

Where the Pacific NW, environmental stewardship and classical music meet: the new release from Seattle Symphony. "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Seattle Symphony commissioned & premiered it. Adams is based in Alaska. In addition to his prolific composing career, he's active in environmental work.

Here's what he told NPR's Tom Huizinga about "Become Ocean":

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Deceptive Cadence
4:17 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

If It's Not Scottish ... Classical Contributions Of The Scots

The Scottish bagpipes make a surprise appearance in a beloved piece by Peter Maxwell Davies.
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Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:47 am

The votes are in. The people of Scotland have chosen to remain in the United Kingdom. To mark the historic occasion, a wee reminder of what the Scots have contributed to classical music is in order.

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The Nile Project
9:03 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Nile Project: Producing Harmony In A Divided Region

A group of Nile Project musicians play together at the Ndere Cultural Centre, Kampala, Uganda in January 2013. Left to right: Dina El Wedidi, Dafaalla El Hag, Lawrence Okello, Kasiva Mutua.
Julie Caine

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:32 am

In a quiet park in Kampala, Uganda, 14 musicians from seven East African countries sit together under a tree. They're working on an idea from Ugandan musician Lawrence Okello.

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Deceptive Cadence
5:41 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums

How do you encourage your kid to practice with a smile instead of a scream?
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 1:45 pm

When friends learn that my nearly six-year-old has been playing violin for three years, their voices shift a bit, especially if they also have a child learning an instrument. Two questions come in quick succession: "Does she like it?" and "How do you get her to practice?" There's a nervous energy to their queries, and usually a little laugh, too. Either they've been struggling with kids who have a hard time practicing, or they recall their own childhood boredom.

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