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PT team prepares for live stream event at Curtis LIVE STREAM: PT event at the Curtis Institute of Music
On Wednesday, Oct. 14, Fred will host a special event at the Curtis Institute of Music. The event will feature music and conversation, and will be live streamed from the Curtis website. More >>

John Luther Adams John Luther Adams and 'Become Ocean'
Composer John Luther Adams won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his composition, Become Ocean. The Seattle Symphony has just released a recording of its performance of the piece. More >>

Steve Vogel's The history of the Star-Spangled Banner
The Star-Spangled Banner was written 200 years ago this September. Journalist and author Steve Vogel joins Fred in the studio to discuss how and why our national anthem came to be. More >>

The Parker Quartet In studio with the Parker Quartet
The Parker Quartet performs music by Erwin Schulhoff, and talks with Fred about why they're looking at the future through crimson-tinted glasses. More >>



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Today's Program
Island of Joy

The French artist Jean-Antoine Watteau painted an island where every romantic dream becomes a reality. Claude Debussy used Watteau's dreamland as inspiration for a piece called the Island of Joy. Pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will take us there on Thursday's Performance Today.

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The Piano Puzzler®

Test your ears as Bruce Adolphe takes a popular tune and transforms it into something that sounds like it was composed by one of the greats. Guess the great and the song. Then listen to a piece by the composer in question. The Piano Puzzler® with Bruce Adolphe is available for download and as a podcast.

Piano Puzzlers Sheet Music

Impress your friends at your next party or gathering! Piano Puzzlers gathers together the sheet music to 32 of the best piano puzzlers so that you can be the toast of your next party or gathering. The puzzlers serves as a great icebreaker for any occasion to get the conversation rolling.

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