Haerim Elizabeth Lee
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A Violinist’s Loving Celebration of Gershwin

A wise quote from George Gershwin led violinist Haerim Elizabeth Lee to realize that her love of many genres could coexist in her career, and her next chapter is our CD of the Week.

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Andris Nelsons and Malcolm Lowe in a Boston Symphony rehearsal
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As the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Concertmaster for 35 years announces his retirement from the ensemble, an interview from a few years ago illuminates that role - and its challenges - in the life of an orchestra.

The tennis star's classical music venture, plus some ancient rock music, whale song, a Star Wars droid orchestra, and, seriously, so much more. 

Sir Neville Marriner conducts tenor Robert Brubaker and the Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields
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“What’s with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields?”

That was the first thing out of my uncle’s mouth when I got to his house over Labor Day Weekend. He’s an avid WCRB listener, and has noticed that we play that one particular group a lot. Like, a lot.

Tyler Butler-Figueroa's infectious energy, a space clarinet, a DIY paper organ, and more, in this week's link roundup! 

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One of the major drivers of Boston's cultural life has announced its schedule for the coming season, with appearances by world-class orchestras, pianists, chamber groups, vocalists, and much more.

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Julia Wolfe might be called America's "labor documentarian," but she's not making movies. She's composing music.

"I once said to Fred Astaire, 'Isn't it wonderful what the Gershwin brothers did for you at RKO?' " John Williams recalls. Astaire answered. "Yes. But Irving Berlin did more."

Augustin Hadelich's latest album of violin concertos offers two unlikely bedfellows. The tuneful, romantic classic by Johannes Brahms bumps up against the modernist mayhem of György Ligeti. The album, titled simply Brahms, Ligeti: Violin Concertos, also proves to be a compelling introduction to one of today's best, but still undervalued, violinists.

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