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Yo-Yo Ma, A Life Led With Bach

If the celebrated cellist could soundtrack his life, the music would be J.S. Bach's six Cello Suites. Yo-Yo Ma explains why they mean the world to him while he played the music at the NPR offices.

Yo-Yo Ma: Tiny Desk Concert

Watch the 19-time Grammy winner return to his lifelong passion for J.S. Bach, playing music from the Cello Suites and offering advice on the art of incremental learning.

Minnesota Orchestra Honors Nelson Mandela By Bringing Music To South Africa

The Minnesota Orchestra will be the first major U.S. orchestra to play in Soweto, South Africa. The orchestra's tour of the country grew out of its conductor's work with youth orchestras there.

Leading Orchestra Fires Conductor After Sexual Misconduct Allegations Widen

Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has fired Daniele Gatti after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced in a Washington Post article. The orchestra says more women have come forward since then.

After Criticism, Philadelphia Orchestra Adds Female Composers To Its New Season

America's top orchestras are programming little or no music by women. Philadelphia has now included two works by female composers. A month ago it had zero.

Cleveland Violinist Faces Further Fallout After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

William Preucil, the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, was suspended on Friday due to sexual misconduct allegations. He has now resigned from one of the nation's top music schools.

The 'Downwinders' From Atomic Testing Get Deserved Attention

The Santa Fe Opera is inviting "downwinders," locals affected by radiation from the testing of the first atomic bombs, on stage during performances of "Dr. Atomic."

Cleveland Orchestra Suspends Lead Violinist After Sexual Misconduct Accusations

The suspension was announced Friday, the day after the Washington Post published a story about claims of sexual misconduct within classical music. Preucil is the Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster.

Christian Tetzlaff: Don't Mind Me, I'm Just The Violinist

The humble German fiddler is in demand around the world. His formidable technique and self-effacing style allow the music to speak volumes.

The King's Singers: Tiny Desk Concert

The storied vocal ensemble brings close harmony singing to a diverse set list that includes a Beatles tune and a bawdy madrigal from the 1500s.