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Andris Nelsons
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Nelsons Conducts Mahler's Epic "Titan"

Saturday at 8pm, in an encore broadcast of opening night 2017, Music Director Andris Nelsons leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Haydn's "Drumroll" Symphony and the colossal Symphony No. 1 by Mahler.

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Augustin Hadelich playing violin, in silhouette
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Saturday at 5pm, violinist Augustin Hadelich brings Paganini, Bach, and Coleridge-Tayler Perkinson to New York's historic Atterbury House, in a concert for a new series launched by violinist Lara St. John and live streamed by CRB.

Out of the Box

Cellist Shirley Hunt is seating looking straight into the camera, wearing a black dress, with her cello across her lap and her left hand wresting on its curve
Robert Torres

Find out how the Boston-based cellist keeps three instruments straight and centers women in her vibrant third and final album of J.S. Bach's Cello Suites and Viola da Gamba Sonatas.


From NPR Music

Miloš Karadaglić was eight when he noticed the dusty guitar sitting on a shelf in his house in Montenegro.

"I think my father had this guitar when he was young, and when he tried to seduce my mother — and once he got her, I don't think he played it ever again," Miloš says, laughing. "Typical sort of behavior. I got this guitar and, seriously, the moment I held it in my hands, I felt I found my best friend."

Classical music fans are mourning the loss of Christa Ludwig, the beloved German mezzo-soprano celebrated both for her versatility and the warmth of her voice. She died at her home in Austria on April 24 at age 93.

Ludwig embraced a broad range of opera roles, with her silken tones, from the battered mistress Marie in Alban Berg's modernist Wozzeck, to the cheeky pageboy Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro.

A young, mild-mannered soprano from Norway with a huge voice has been turning heads in the opera world.

Lise Davidsen is an emerging star whose voice has been called one-in-a-million. It can soar like a rocket over enormous orchestras. And yet on her new album, in the Verdi aria, "Pace, pace mio Dio!" it can dial down to a single gleaming strand of polished silver.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer performs his own music as well as that of Florence Price and Franz Schubert, with violinist Wendy Putnam, in a Concord Chamber Music Society program.

The Handel and Haydn Society at GBH's Fraser Performance Studio

See and hear a performance of Handel's masterpiece by the Handel and Haydn Society, produced at GBH.

Laureen Missaire / Unsplash

On The Bach Hour, one of the composer's frothier creations involves a father, his daughter, and the hot caffeinated beverage that causes a minor rift in family relations.

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Instant Replay: 026

May 13, 2021

Prog rock and French dance pop reinterpretations of classical favorites are just two of the tracks you'll find in our epic May roundup of music favorites! Also featuring a bit of Broadway flavor, some Miles Davis, the ubiquitous Carly Rae Jepsen, and a whole lot more.

A top-down shot of a person's hands over four calculators
あたりめ on YouTube

Anyone can play "Rondo alla turca" on a piano. But on a calculator? Now we're talking. Also in this roundup, interviews, jokes, and the strange daily habits of great composers.

Songs in Praise of Mom

May 4, 2021
Mother and Child
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To celebrate Mother’s Day, these are some of the most powerful musical expressions of the bonds between mother and child.

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WCRB brings you performances from Symphony Hall every Saturday at 8pm, with host Ron Della Chiesa.
In Concert captures the best performances by the world's best performers, from concerts in and around the Boston area. Airs Sundays at 7pm.
Hear The Bach Hour Sundays at 6am, Mondays from midnight-2am, and on demand for two weeks after broadcast.