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Mountain Stage
2:11 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Tony Trischka's Great Big World On Mountain Stage

Tony Trischka.
Mountain Stage

Tony Trischka's Great Big World appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Cook County, Minn.

One of the most influential banjo players the instrument has ever known, Trischka has been playing, teaching and expanding the instrument's possibilities for more than 45 years. "There was a time," host Larry Groce says in his introduction, "when people were surprised when you took a banjo to anything besides bluegrass, old time and country. Trischka was one of the first to take the banjo to places it had never been before."

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Music News
3:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

A Violin Concerto Back From Beyond The Grave

Robert Schumann wrote his Violin Concerto in 1853.
Josef Kriehuber Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:40 pm

Classical music meets Halloween and the paranormal Thursday night when the National Symphony Orchestra plays the Schumann Violin Concerto, a work buried for nearly a century and recovered — or so the story goes — by a message from the beyond.

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Deceptive Cadence
3:39 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Just Who Is This Opera Star Singing At The World Series Tonight?

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who is singing the national anthem at Game 7 of the World Series tonight in Kansas City, Mo.
Simon Pauly Courtesy of the artist

Maybe this trajectory mirrors the Kansas City Royals' unlikely road to the pennant: An opera star beats out much more mainstream artists to sing the national anthem at the decisive World Series Game 7.

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Songs We Love
2:27 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The New Basement Tapes, 'When I Get My Hands On You'

Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford are The New Basement Tapes.
Courtesy of the artist

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Jazz Night In America Videos
9:36 am
Wed October 29, 2014

The Funky Tune That Was Too Big For Miles Davis

NPR

When Miles Davis returned to performing in the early 1980s, he asked his former bandmate and master composer, Wayne Shorter, to write something for him. What came out was a large ensemble work too unwieldy for Davis, and Shorter put it back on his shelf. "I asked him for a tune, and he gives me a [expletive deleted] symphony," Davis reportedly said at the time.

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Music
7:03 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Latitudes: 10 Musical Discoveries From Around The World

Honduras' Guayo Cedeño mesmerized WOMEX on Oct. 23 with his wailing, sweet guitar underpinned by Central American dance rhythms.
Anastasia Tsioulcas/NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 3:41 pm

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All Songs Considered
7:03 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ghosts In The Music: A Spooky Songs Quiz

Ghosts, both friendly and fiendish, make appearances in a wide range of songs.
iStockphoto.com

Where would Halloween be without ghosts — those wispy spirits either friendly or fiendish in disposition? They've haunted our consciousness for ages, thanks to appearances in visual art, literature, film and music. And now they've overrun this puzzler. From country and classical to rock and jazz, ghosts glide through these songs. Some are nice, others nefarious. Score high and allow yourself to be treated today. Score low and consider yourself tricked.

Mountain Stage
2:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

David Wax Museum On Mountain Stage

David Wax Museum.
Mountain Stage

David Wax Museum makes its third visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minn. Led by singers and multi-instrumentalists David Wax and Suze Slezak, the group has been hailed by NPR's Bob Boilen as "pure, irresistible joy."

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Mountain Stage
11:56 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Chris Smither On Mountain Stage

Chris Smither.
Mountain Stage

A master of modern acoustic blues guitar, Chris Smither often draws on the influence of poets, folksingers, philosophers and humorists. Now in his fifth decade of making music, Smither made his 13th appearance on Mountain Stage this year, when the show visited the lakeside town of Grand Marais, Minn.

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:42 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Roy Hargrove On Piano Jazz

Courtesy of the artist

Grammy-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove has played with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mulgrew Miller and Bobby Watson.

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