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World Cafe
2:29 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Slide Brothers On World Cafe

The Slide Brothers.
Brad Gregory Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 2:30 pm

Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent and brothers Darrick and Chuck Campbell are The Slide Brothers. The band's self-titled album debut album was produced by Robert Randolph, the spectacular young pedal-steel guitarist who became the first player from the Sacred Steel tradition to break out to a wider audience.

On this installment of World Café, the band plays three songs from its album and tells host David Dye about the difference between performing for the congregation at Church of the Living God and playing on club and concert stages.

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NPR @ LPR
2:19 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

An Evening With Nico Muhly, 'Two Boys' And Other Works

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 3:58 pm

Opera audiences are well acquainted with all manners of intrigue — whether political, romantic or psychological. The exciting American composer Nico Muhly is updating that paradigm to the 21st century with his opera Two Boys.

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Mountain Stage
2:18 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

The Down Hill Strugglers On Mountain Stage

The Down Hill Strugglers.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:02 am

The Down Hill Strugglers' members make their first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded in partnership with the Birthplace of Country Music in Bristol, Tenn./Va. The location was appropriate: In many ways, the band's music wouldn't have sounded out of place in the 1927 Bristol Sessions that Ralph Peer engineered.

Formerly known as The Dust Busters, the Brooklyn trio became The Down Hill Strugglers after a recent lineup change. The group's music encompasses a wide range of traditional string-band styles, from fiddle tunes to Scots-Irish ballads to African music.

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A Blog Supreme
1:57 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

'A Strict Taskmaster': 5 Ways To Play The Jazz Clarinet

Jimmy Hamilton (left) and Harry Carney were among the reedmen who played clarinet for the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

Earlier this year, the clarinetist and composer Ben Goldberg released two remarkable albums with two almost entirely different bands. Goldberg has left a mark in many modern improvising contexts, including the New Klezmer Trio he co-founded and the Tin Hat chamber ensemble.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:10 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge

Mozart's Queen of the Night (portrayed here by soprano Diana Damrau), in his The Magic Flute, is one of opera's more intense mothers.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 2:40 pm

We love mothers for all the Hallmark reasons: for their compassion and patience, not to mention giving birth. But some moms aren't exactly greeting card friendly — and none less so than those who live in the opera house.

This is opera, after all, so we expect the outrageous. But operatic moms seem to be disproportionately portrayed as murderers, harpies or generally women on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Your Normas, Medeas, Butterflies, Queens of the Night and Clytemnestras.

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