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One Feisty Victorian Woman's Opera Revived

July 23, 2015

A skilled mountain climber who knew Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Ethel Smyth was a big personality whose politically charged opera The Wreckers gets its first fully staged production in the U.S.

Classical Composers' Feathered Influences

July 11, 2015

Did Beethoven cop from a warbler? Did Mozart plagiarize a starling? NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with Talkin' Birds host Ray Brown about these musical mysteries.

Ticket Giveaway - Bear Valley Music Festival

July 2, 2015

Classical music and pops in a beautiful setting - who could ask for more? Enter for your chance to win a voucher for two to the Bear Valley Music festival, July 24 through August 9.