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Colleen Phelps stopped by this week with selections from the Animal Ambassador Album Project— works for marimba by five different composers, all dedicated to zoo animals born in 2017. The collection, inspired by the likes of Fiona the hippo from Cincinnati and Nashville Zoo's own clouded leopard, Niran, contains both composed works and poetry to which Phelps improvises. 

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Lipscomb University piano professor Jerome Reed made his first appearance on Live in Studio C in April 1999. On that program, he performed music from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. 19 years (and many Live in Studio C performances) later, Reed was here this week with a very similar program to the one he first performed nearly two decades ago. 

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Over the course of the last six months, Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux estimates he's spent well over 150 practice hours preparing for his debut with the Nashville Symphony this weekend. "This is the most time I've ever spent on any piece of music, ever, in my 25-year career as a performer," Vieaux told us over the phone. "That's how hard it is." 

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On the cover of Black Violin's 2015 album Stereotypes is a violin, shattered and artfully arranged in a new, angular shape. It's a fitting visual for what the duo has been doing together for nearly 15 years: defying expected conventions about what music can sound like, and who can play it. 

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Last month, Robert Thompson visited the studio as half of Duo Sudeste. This week, he returned as a director to showcase students from the Belmont University Guitar Ensemble. Ranging from freshman to seniors, the students performed music as duets and quartets in a variety of styles across the guitar repertoire. 

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Flutist Bart Feller is used to traveling the country with his instrument. While his main gigs are playing principal flute with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and teaching at Rutgers University, he spends summers in the desert playing with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and weekends teaching the pre college division at Julliard. 

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Composer Nicholas Wing gave the world premiere of three works on this week's program, including a piece performed with a violin once played by a member of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (then known as the Palestine Philharmonic), founded by Bronisław Huberman.

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A city-wide initiative featuring performances, lectures and community discussions about the Holocaust will culminate this weekend as Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Nashville Symphony and the Violins of Hope, instruments played by Jewish musicians in concentration camps during WWII. The program is anchored by the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff's Symphony No. 4, a piece the Nashville Symphony commissioned specifically for the instruments.

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The Maharaja Flamenco Trio stopped by prior to an evening concert at Middle Tennessee State University, bringing with them a lively set of classic Gypsy jazz and original flamenco music. Helmed by MTSU alumnus Silviu Ciulei, who is trained in both classical and flamenco guitar styles, the trio includes Tony Hartmann on percussion and David Cobb on bass. 

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Nashville is home to nearly 15,000 Kurdish residents, a population bigger than any other city in the United States. Most have found refuge here, having fled wars and dictatorships since the 1970s. This vibrant community was one point of inspiration for Kelly Corcoran, artistic director of Nashville's contemporary chamber ensemble Intersection. This Friday and Saturday, Intersection will present "From the Ancient Valley," a program inspired by Kurdish and Persian culture. 

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