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The Kruger Brothers are an ensemble from two continents (brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger are Swiss, their partner Joel Landsberg is from New York) and their music for banjo, guitar and bass draws from musical traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. For this performance in Studio C, they brought a collection of pieces that meld bluegrass and classical sounds, some of which were written to be performed with string quartet.

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Even though Johann Sebastian Bach died centuries before rocket launches and space exploration began, he has still managed to travel farther from earth than any astronaut. Or, at least his music has.

40 years ago, NASA launched Voyager 1 and 2, spacecraft meant to explore the outer reaches of our solar system and beyond. Launched September 5th, 1977, Voyager 1 became the first human-made object to cross into interstellar space in 2012. It is now nearly 13 billion miles from Earth.

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As 91Classical, Nashville Public Radio's classical music service is adding several regular programming elements to each weekday's playlists.

After more than a year of quiet changes, Nashville Public Radio's classical service is now 91Classical.

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Every summer, the singers of I Madrigali gather under the direction of John Perry to form a seasonal choir, culminating in preshow performances at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Park. They brought a sampler of Renaissance madrigals for their performance in Studio C.

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West Virginia native Nate Strasser has been writing music for films since his college days in California. He recently relocated to the Midstate and teaches at Belmont, while he continues working with film studios. He brought several piano reductions of his scores to play for us in Studio C — and he also treated us to an improvisation.

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A program to foster young musicians with the potential to become professional classical players is entering a new phase. Four midstate middle schoolers were named as the second class of participants in the Nashville Symphony's Accelerando initiative.

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With the total solar eclipse set to arrive in Nashville in just a few days, hordes of sky-gazers are finalizing their viewing plans. While a good observation spot and proper eye protection are essential, a carefully curated music playlist can be the icing on the cake in preparation for this extraordinary event. 

Fortunately, classical composers have long been inspired by the heavens and there is no shortage of celestial-themed work. 

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Guitarists Robert Thompson and Joey Butler met as members of a Latin music ensemble, and that musical tradition is at the heart of their work as Duo Sudeste. They returned with a program of selections from their upcoming recording.

Live in Studio C: Wu Fei On The Guzheng

Aug 11, 2017
Ed Lambert

Wu Fei, a native of Beijing and current Nashville resident, is known as much for her genre bending as for her mastery of the guzheng, a traditional 21-string Chinese zither. To Western eyes, the instrument looks like a cross between a harp and a hammer dulcimer — but sounds like neither. She made extraordinary music with it in Studio C this week. 

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