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Arvo Pärt is one of the most popular, most performed living composers. He's beloved worldwide for his signature sound – a spacious, meditative music that tends to sound timeless.

But there's a lesser-known side to the 82-year-old Estonian's career. It's a story that can be traced in a new recording of Pärt's four Symphonies. The album is a musical journey spanning 45 years in fervently detailed performances by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, conducted by fellow Estonian Tõnu Kaljuste.

Sessions from Studio A - Althea Grace

Apr 19, 2018
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Althea Grace performs "Secrets" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Althea Grace on the web at altheagraceband.com.

Sessions from Studio A - Lever

Apr 12, 2018
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Lever performs "Ms. Lead" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find Lever online at leverband.com.

RAAC

“As an artist, you don’t only create for yourself," according to Sharon Nesbit-Davis, Executive Director of the The Rockford Area Arts Council.

"You actually want to share it and let people see it," she said, "and there’s a special joy to that experience, as well.”

That experience is a primary purpose of the Council’s Spring ArtScene, which takes place Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14.

Nesbit-Davis said the free event provides a great opportunity for the area’s many artists to show their work.

Stephanie Richards' trumpet sounds like deep space wrapped around your head, a flood in the endless void.

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