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John Williams, Classical Guitar's Standard-Bearer, Still Recording In Retirement Classical guitarist John Williams reached millions of ears and even hit the charts when he played the main theme to the Oscar-winning 1978 film The Deer Hunter . But by then, Williams was already a classical star on a major record label who'd toured the world many times over. He released his latest album, On The Wing , earlier this year. And although he announced a retirement from touring a few years ago,...

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To create her wide-ranging music, New York-based artist Lea Bertucci has used a wealth of instruments and compositional techniques. But her primary creative tool is the saxophone, and on her new album, Metal Aether, she delves into it perhaps further than she ever has.

By 1938, clarinetist Benny Goodman was already known as "The King of Swing" — the leader of the most popular dance band in America at a time when swing jazz was America's most popular music. But nobody knew how it would be received in Carnegie Hall, America's temple to classical music.

When we invited Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov to play a Tiny Desk concert, we rolled out the big guns. In place of the trusty upright, we wedged a 7-foot grand piano behind Bob Boilen's desk in preparation for the artist who The Times of London called "without question the most astounding pianist of our age."

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Last summer, the Lysander Trio performed as part of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Hot Summer Nights Music Festival. The Trio's cellist Michael Katz was a guest on the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

The Plowman Chamber Music Competition is this week in Columbia. A pair of the event's judges - cellist Joel Krosnick and pianist Alessio Bax - were recent guests on Mizzou Music.

During Intermission on this week's Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour, Trevor Harris talked with tenor Nathanael Hine and trombonist Joshua Bledsoe about their musical paths and work with the MSO.

We profiled MU School of Music percussion faculty Megan Arns for a recent episode of Mizzou Music. Here, Arns talks about growing up with the fife and drum core and expanding the canon of classical percussion works.

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Gwen Jones and David Shankar are active behind-the-scenes supporters of the Missouri Symphony Society. They were guests of Trevor Harris on a recent episode of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour.

MU School of Music

Paul Crabb previewed this Saturday's concert of the University Singers. The concert features a world premiere of William Averitt's Black Pierrot, a work that sets the poetry of Langston Hughes to music. 

Lacy Sauter

This Tuesday on the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour, we concluded our broadcast of the 2016 Missouri Symphony Orchestra staging of Die Fledermaus. Kirk Trevor, Christine Seitz and Lacy Sauter were intermission guests on the program.

MU School of Music

Julie Rosenfeld previewed next Tuesday's Emerging Artists Showcase on this week's Mizzou Music.

MU School of Music

On this week's Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour, Christine Seitz joined us at Intermisison to talk about the inaugural Resident Opera Artists program and the artists' roles in last summer's staging of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s opera Die Fledermaus.

Sarasota Orchestra

The Missouri Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster is violinist Felicity Brunelle. She was a guest on a recent episode of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra Radio Hour.