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Christina and Michelle Naughton have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry”. The sisters perform Friday evening in Loeb Playhouse for Purdue Convocations. WBAA's John Clare spoke to them about the concert, about recording, and social media.

Find out more about the concert here. There is a 7pm pre-concert talk by WBAA's John Clare in Stewart 206 that is free and open to the public.

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Mexican pianist Citlalli Guevara and Bulgarian pianist Slavina Zhelezova began their musical collaboration in 2008 in Brussels. Working closely under the tutelage of Philippe Entremont and Nelson delle Vigne Fabbri, the two "immediately bonded based on their shared vision for the unique artistic potential of the music for piano duo." Their debut as GZ Piano Duo the next February at the Palm Beach International Piano Festival drew critical praise and standing ovations.

Their new release is called Midnight Conversations, and features music from Schubert to their own arrangements of tangos. WBAA's John Clare spoke with Citalli and Slavina about the new Centaur recording.

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Troika is an all-Russian Pentatone release featuring sonatas by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev, along with new arrangements of Russian-themed music from Paul McCartney to Pussy Riot. The cello/piano duo Matt Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley perform a substantial and creative program based on repression of artists. WBAA Music Director John Clare spoke to Haimovitz and O'Riley about their arrangements, politics, and learning repertoire for the first time.

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Bright Circle is the most recent release from pianist Beth Levin. The March 2017 Navona recording features music by Brahms, Schubert, and David Del Tredici. WBAA's John Clare spoke to Levin about the new release, new music, and inspirations on social media.

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Andre Watts entered the music scene at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to debut with the New York Philharmonic in a national broadcasted Young People's Concerts. Just two weeks later the legenary maestro asked Andre to substitute at the last minute for an ailing Glenn Gould with the Philharmonic, launching his career in storybook fashion.

Watts joins the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Sunday afternoon in Loeb Playhouse for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9. WBAA's John Clare spoke to him about the concert, about working without a conductor, and Mozart.

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Medals have historically been given as prizes: Gold, Silver, and Bronze…They represent the first three Ages of Man in Greek mythology: the Golden Age, when men lived among the gods; the Silver Age, where youth lasted a hundred years; and the Bronze Age, the era of heroes! The custom of awarding gold, silver, and bronze medals for the highest achievers dates from at least the 18th century.

We’ll hear from award winning pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Yekwon Sunwoo, and Martina Filjak on this episode of What’s New.

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The first volume of Byron Janis on Tour celebrates the 70th anniversary of the celebrated pianist's first recording released by RCA, and is dedicated to his son Stefan. WBAA's John Clare spoke to the 89 year old Janis about the recordings.

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Scriabin’s Sonata No. 3, Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, and Schubert’s Op. 90 Impromptus are featured with pianist Katherine Jacobson on a new Steinway Classics Series recording. The lush sounding, compelling new disc was produced with the late award winning producer Max Wilcox.

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Approximately one-third of adults describe their relationship with siblings as rivalrous or distant. One definition of sister “is the girl that will always be there for you – she may or may not be related to you, and could just be an amazing friend, but no matter what, is always slow to judge and quick to forgive.”

We’ll hear from two amazing sisters, Katia and Marielle Labeque on today’s What’s New.

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Conductor, pianist, composer, and pedagogue Robert Spano is known worldwide for his artistry and his distinctive communicative abilities. Spano, who leads the Atlanta Symphony, creates “a sense of inclusion and warmth among musicians and audiences that is unique among American orchestras.” As Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, he oversees the programming of more than 300 events and educational programs (the 2017 season starts June 29th). WBAA’s John Clare spoke to Robert about his compositions on an ASO Media new release.

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