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Music + Culture
12:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Bassist John Clayton Talks Jazz Festival

John Clayton started playing strings in elementary school and continued to excel into the composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and bassist that he is today.
Credit John Clayton

Moscow, Idaho is gearing up for the 47th Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in February. Robin Rilette sat down with Artistic Director John Clayton to find out what’s on tap for the festival this year. As usual, there’s a strong educational component to the festival, with numerous workshops and hands-on sessions with the guest artists. Clayton is particularly excited about the lineup this year which includes a number of NEA (National Endowment of the Arts) Jazz Masters.

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Music + Culture
10:55 am
Fri January 31, 2014

4 Ways To Hear More In Music

Music + Culture
7:25 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Cowboys In Love: 'Brokeback Mountain' Saddles Up For Opera

Tom Randle (left) and Daniel Okulitch in the opera Brokeback Mountain.
Javier del Real Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 11:38 am

In 2005, the film Brokeback Mountain broke ground as a major motion picture portraying a love story about two men: a pair of young cowboys, Ennis and Jack, in the 1960s.

They fall in love during a summer spent tending sheep in the isolation of a fictional mountain in Wyoming. They spend the rest of the film — and their lives — grappling with a love that they have to keep secret.

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Music + Culture
12:34 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Watch Musicians Elevate A Trip To A Big-Box Store

Courtesy of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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Music + Culture
8:55 am
Mon January 27, 2014

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 12:52 pm

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Music + Culture
6:20 am
Sun January 26, 2014

94 Years After Her Death, Maud Powell Finally Wins A Grammy

Music + Culture
10:04 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Note To 'Downton Abbey' Viewers: Nellie Melba Was A Big Deal

Opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, circa 1900.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:15 pm

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Music + Culture
9:15 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Tracing The Career Of Claudio Abbado, A Consummate Conductor

Celebrated conductor Claudio Abbado in 1979 in his native Milan, during his tenure as music director of the city's famed opera house, La Scala.
Giorgio Lotti Mondadori/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 12:55 pm

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Music + Culture
5:44 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Inspiration Or Embarrassment? Lang Lang And Metallica Teaming Up At Grammys

Guitarist Kirk Hammett (left) and his band Metallica will join classical pianist lang Lang on stage at the Grammy wards telecast Sunday night.
Getty Images/Courtesy of the artist

Odd musical mergers in the Grammy Awards telecast are nothing new — remember Paul McCartney, Linkin Park and Jay-Z singing "Yesterday?" Still, when thrash metal band Metallica and classical pianist Lang Lang take the stage together Sunday night, it may seem more like a head-scratcher than a clever match.

Or will it?

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Music + Culture
12:15 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Guess Who's Singing The National Anthem At The Super Bowl?

From taffeta to tackles: Soprano Renee Fleming has been tapped to sing at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Karin Cooper Courtesy of Washington National Opera

Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 1:05 pm

She's probably not among your first, or second, or 10th, or 20th-round guesses, but the NFL just announced that American soprano Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.

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