1. Up until recently, the likely composers of the great American symphony looked remarkably similar: all white, overwhelmingly male. But recent developments have opened up the doors to composers who were once lost to history. Composer Jeffrey Mumford on how African-American composers have contributed to the elusive “American sound.” 

  2. Strategically positioned above a tank full of stingrays at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Alisa Weilerstein unpacked her cello to serenade the sea creatures (and dozens of pleasantly surprised visitors) with music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

  3. How Do You Get To ‘Sesame Street’? Practice, Practice, Practice.

    How Do You Get To ‘Sesame Street’? Practice, Practice, Practice.

  4. NPR’s Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2011
by Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga

    NPR’s Top 10 Classical Albums Of 2011

    by Anastasia Tsioulcas and Tom Huizenga

  5. Metropolis includes movie music that can stand on its own. Hear a new version of the classic score.

  6. Who would have thought that six guys banging on Home Depot-styled lumber  could sound so amazing? In Michael Gordon’s new appropriately titled  piece Timber, six two-by-fours, cut to varying lengths make a  surprisingly resonant sound, rich with a shifting field of overtones  that in itself produces a kind of melody. It’s the craziest thing, and  it’s magical and meditative.
Hear an excerpt from the piece in our latest round up of new classical music recommendations.

    Who would have thought that six guys banging on Home Depot-styled lumber could sound so amazing? In Michael Gordon’s new appropriately titled piece Timber, six two-by-fours, cut to varying lengths make a surprisingly resonant sound, rich with a shifting field of overtones that in itself produces a kind of melody. It’s the craziest thing, and it’s magical and meditative.

    Hear an excerpt from the piece in our latest round up of new classical music recommendations.