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Trouble Sleeping? A Composer Wants To Help

September 4, 2015

If counting sheep isn't working, British composer Max Richter's latest piece might. Sleep is eight hours long and designed to help listeners get some shut-eye.

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.