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Famed singer Nancy Wilson died this past Thursday at the age of 81. In addition to her accomplished artistic career, Wilson was the host of Jazz Profiles, a long-running NPR series which dove deeply into the history of that singular art form. In remembrance of Nancy, Jazz Profiles lead producer Tim Owens recalls the show's founding, and shares some of its most memorable episodes.

Karim Wasfi became famous around the world because of misfortune. The renowned performer and conductor of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra played cello at the scenes of suicide attacks in Baghdad in 2015. He was the man who made beautiful music among the wreckage of a great city.

Nancy Wilson died Thursday after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, Calif., her manager Devra Hall Levy told NPR. She was 81.

Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1937, Wilson has recounted in interviews that she started singing around age 3 or 4.

"I have always just sung. I have never questioned what it is. I thank God for it and I just do it," she told Marian McPartland, host of NPR's Piano Jazz in 1994.

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This week on Mizzou Music we spoke with Brandon Boyd, Assistant Director of Choral Activities, about the upcoming Concert Chorale performance on Saturday, December 1.


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This week on Mizzou Music Julia Gaines, Director of the University of Missouri School of Music, stopped by. We talked about just a few of the amazing performances coming up this semester at Mizzou.


On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we got to speak to Rachel Hahn about the Experiencing Piano program at Mizzou. The program provides entry level piano lessons for the community.


This week on Mizzou Music we had a chance to meet the new voice faculty, Mary Kathryn Brewer. We talked about her favorite music, her first impressions of Mizzou, and her dogs Poochini and Moose.


Mizzou Music: Amy Knopps

Aug 16, 2018
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This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Dr. Amy Knopps Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Missouri School of Music. We talked about the upcoming Concert on the Quad and what we can expect to hear from Marching Mizzou this year.


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This week on Mizzou Music we had the chance to speak with Jacob Gotlib, the managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. We discussed what the initiative does, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, and how to best enjoy the festival’s events.


On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we were joined by Douglas Osmun, one of the resident composers at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. We discussed some of his past works and the piece that he’ll be premiering at this year’s festival.


Mizzou Music: Chen Yi

Jul 17, 2018

This week on Mizzou Music we had a chance to speak with Chen Yi, whose piece Near Distance will be performed as part of the Mizzou International Composers Festival on July 27 at the Missouri Theatre.


This week on Mizzou Music we were joined by Igor Santos, a resident composer at the upcoming Mizzou International Composers Festival. We talked about the piece he’s written for Alarm Will Sound, some of his past works, and video game soundtracks.


On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music we had the opportunity to speak with Amanda Feery, One of the resident composers at this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival. We discussed some of her past works, the uilleann pipes, and the piece she’s written for Alarm Will Sound.


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