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It’s one of the great masterworks of Western music, complete with an achingly great backstory: the genius composer who’d set aside all sacred music for years wrote a funeral mass while lying on his own deathbed after receiving a commission from a mysterious patron. According to the movie Amadeus, Mozart dictated the music, already fully formed and orchestrated in his mind, to rival composer Salieri.

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Shakespeare, love and local connections provide the through lines on a new recording featured this week on Classical 91.1. The midstate’s own ALIAS Chamber Ensemble, Portara Ensemble and the Nashville Ballet performed the World premiere of Paul Moravec’s Amorisms last year; now the instrumental and choral groups have given the composition its first recording, issued on the Delos label.

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I feel truly lucky that my job has allowed me to travel all over the world. I’ve had the opportunity to experience so many different places, from São Paulo to Copenhagen to Kuala Lumpur, but no matter where I go, I feel even luckier that I get to return home to Nashville, Tennessee.

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Some authors hope to get their books turned into movies. After all, it comes with a lot of publicity and a big paycheck. But a book by Nashville award-winning author Ann Patchett had its world premiere this month in a different form — as an opera. 

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Nashville’s public schools are trying to show the payoff for all the money being  funneled into music education. The city has put $14 million into a district-wide music program, at a time when the school system is trying to find money for more math tutors and reading coaches.

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Stanley Yates is an award-winning, British-born guitarist and director of the guitar program at Austin Peay State University. Before heading out on a trip to Australia, he came by our studio with his own transcriptions of music by a Baroque master, a virtuosic piece commemorating an early 19th-century political gift to France and selections by a Venezuelan composer who wrote music while in jail as a political prisoner.

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An opera based on a 2001 novel by Nashville award-winning author Ann Patchett debuted this week in Chicago. The musical version of Bel Canto, which is loosely based on a hostage situation in Peru’s capital in the '90s, was commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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This season marks the 20th anniversary of the  Nashville Chamber Singers. This holiday season, they're celebrating with a program of favorite choral selections from prior concerts. The group will perform at 7pm Saturday, Dec. 5 at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville and again Dec. 8 at 7:30pm in Murfreesboro's St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Both the Christmas and Spring concerts will be recorded for an anniversary CD. 

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A Nashville technology startup thinks it can help classical music flourish in the digital age.

Right now, flourish is not the word most people would use to describe the genre. Classical music only makes up 2.1 percent of all album sales and less than half a percent of all streams online, according to Nielsen data.

But the founders of Dart Music say there's no lack of modern musicians and composers. The problem, they say, is that those artists have extra barriers to selling their music online, barriers that Dart is trying to break down.

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Earlier this year, MTSU flutist Deanna Little presented a concert of new chamber music responding to Dolly Parton's song, "Coat of Many Colors."

The works were commissioned by the university from Tennessee composers, and performed by faculty members. Little, who organized the project, brought a selection of those pieces for this episode of Live in Studio C. Also performing are clarinetist Todd Waldecker, cellist Chrissy Kim, pianist Windell Little and narrator Kristin Naylor.