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Thea Musgrave, The 90-Year-Old Composer With 80 Players In The Bullpen

The Scottish-born musician, still busy writing music, celebrates her 90th birthday on May 27.

'Cello Bae' Sheku Kanneh-Mason Wins Worldwide Fans After Royal Wedding

Watch the moving performance from 19-year-old award-winner during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

James Levine Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 5 More Men

Their allegations against the former Metropolitan Opera conductor were made public in a counter lawsuit filed by the Met on Friday in New York.

'On Chesil Beach': Story Of An Unconsummated Love And Marriage

Saoirse Ronan stars in the new film On Chesil Beach, based on the story by Ian McEwan. Ronan and McEwan talk with NPR's Scott Simon, and joke about who plays the lead character best: Ronan or McEwan.

Classical Music Captures A Young Wife's Anxiety In 'On Chesil Beach'

Based on the novel by Ian McEwan, the film tells the story of a troubled honeymoon. The new bride is a violinist in a string quartet; the music was composed by Dan Jones and is played by Esther Yoo.

Remembering The Soprano Who Sang Like A Laser Beam

With a voice of gleaming steel that soared effortlessly above 100-piece orchestras, Swedish dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson, who was born 100 years ago, was force of nature.

Glenn Branca Helped Me Hear The Music In Noise

In the early 1980s, hearing the work of the avant-garde guitarist for the first time — familiar sounds layered into something overwhelming and powerful — was a form of liberation.

A Vibraphone Workout With A Tinfoil Twist

Watch percussionist Doug Perkins power through a sizzling new piece, enhanced with a little aluminum wrap.

Composer And Leading Avant-Garde Guitarist Glenn Branca Has Died At 69

The composer and guitarist who merged noise and art music in sheer walls of sound died on May 13. His collaborators included a huge range of artists, from David Bowie to Kronos Quartet.

Matt Marks, Versatile Composer And Musician, Dies At 38

A founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, Marks inspired fellow musicians with his blend of "playfulness and gravity."