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John Luther Adams John Luther Adams wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

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Bryce Dessner Bryce Dessner's St. Carolyn by the Sea

For PT's weekly musical focus on 21st century music, Fred Child talked with composer Bryce Dessner of indie-rock band The National. More >>



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Today's Program
Lieutenant Kije

On Thursday's Performance Today, we'll hear music that Sergei Prokofiev wrote for the satirical film "Lieutenant Kije," which depicts the noble life and tragic death of a soldier who was never born in the first place.

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Fred Child is the host of Performance Today, the most-listened-to classical music radio show in America.



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