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Update: The three-month strike by Fort Worth Symphony musicians is over. Musicians on Wednesday voted to approve a new contract. The agreement was reached after two days of federal mediation.

Jonas Becker

Mischievous imaginary creatures populate the folklore of Norway, and they loom large in the music of Edvard Grieg, whose home was even named “Troldhaugen (Troll Hill).” From “Peer Gynt,” with its spooky “Mountain King” music, to the “Elves Dance” in Grieg’s “Lyric Pieces,” the composer drew on Norse folklore and folk melodies for his piano tunes, and even the majestic A minor concerto, probably his most famous work. Pianist Alice Sara Ott pairs the concerto with a dozen of these delightful...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1GD-qlhm2E Ennio Morricone is as about close as a film composer can come to being a household name — and, at age 88, he's still going strong. This year, he was signed to a new record label and has now released a new recording, Morricone 60 , named for the number of years he's been in the business. Morricone, who composed the memorable soundtracks for Sergio Leone's classic 1966 spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Quentin Tarantino's 2015...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: A pipe organ thought to have been ruined in the September 11 terrorist attacks is now making music again. The organ was in Trinity Church, just a few blocks from Ground Zero in New York. When the towers fell, the organ was covered by dust and debris. After years in storage it has been restored. And it has a new home, a church outside Atlanta. Bradley George of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports. BRADLEY GEORGE,...

Ryan Speedo Green  ( @RyanSpeedoGreen ) is the bass-baritone taking the opera world by storm. A recent New York Times review of the Metropolitan Opera’s La Bohème called him a show stopper. But life for Green didn’t start out that way. The African-American singer was born to poor parents, endured a violent childhood and was placed in juvenile detention before he reached his teens. And then, he turned his life around in ways he and those around him could scarcely have imagined. His story is...

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