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"I feel your pain." The phrase might still be linked to Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, but it's also an apt descriptor for a new project by The Crossing, the adventuresome Philadelphia-based choir, based on some very old music.

The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which takes place every four years, begins later this spring in Fort Worth, Texas. For the past six weeks, judges have been traveling the world to hear potential competitors audition. One notable stop is Moscow — where the American pianist for whom the contest is named stunned the world 59 years ago, winning the International Tchaikovsky Competition at the height of the Cold War.

The Polish-born conductor and composer Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, who led the Minnesota Orchestra for nearly two decades and worked with that symphony for well over 50 years in total, died Tuesday at age 93.

Selfie by Brenda Tremblay

Legendary conductor David Zinman came to Rochester, and  I was thrilled to sit down with him for an interview. What happened when he arrived in Rochester in the 1970's? Why did he choose the baton over the violin? What did Pierre Monteux pull out of a mysterious drawer in London? Listen in.

Anne Midgette of the Washington Post thinks so.  Read her thoughts about hyperbole, the news, and singing here.

(Terrence Antonio James / Chicago Tribune)

This article in the Chicago Tribune is not easy to read, but it underscores the healing power of music for former University of Rochester student Nicholas Kollias.   In December of 2015 he and another student was abducted, held, and tortured for several hours before being rescued by a Rochester police SWAT team.

You can hear Kollias play a waltz by Chopin on iTunes.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has unveiled their 2017/2018 season.

We sit down with Ward Stare and Jeff Tyzik to listen to some music and discuss how they put together the lineup. It's designed to appeal to all audiences and all ages, a crucial factor for the survival and growth of orchestras. 

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What happens when a winter storm and a stomach virus throws an assistant conductor into his New York Philharmonic debut?   It’s sort of the job of the assistant conductor to be at the rehearsals and learn the repertory. We’re there to cover all the performances, in the event something happens, said Joshua Gersen in this interview. 

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