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Connections to African American spirituals and to Tupac Shakur combine in this preview of Tennessee State University's Harry T. Burleigh Festival.

courtesy, Paul Mills

Get to know Spring Hill-based composer Paul Mills with these six questions.

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A selection of events from the Arts Calendar that caught our eye this week. 

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Each day on 91Classical, amid the variety of the day's playlist, we offer a handful of featured selections at set times:  

Gilbert and Sullivan Archive

We're taking Oct. 3, fondly known to some as Mean Girls Day (thanks to a memorable line from the movie of that name), as a chance to look back on the female opera characters with a vicious or even just a tough streak - not all of whom are villains.

pianist Agnes Wan
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Pianist Agnes Wan-Patterson, who performed many times on Live In Studio C, has died.

During her time in Nashville, Wan served on the faculty at the Blair School of Music. Although she moved to Virginia to teach at Virginia State University and the College of William and Mary, she continued coming back to Nashville for recitals and to perform live broadcasts on 91Classical. She passed away last week, just shy of her 43rd birthday.

Upon hearing the news, longtime host Will Griffin sent these words:

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Hannibal Lokumbe is not caught up in what classical music "should" be. He composes for symphony orchestra, and improvises on the trumpet. He plays in concert halls, churches, and prisons.

MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture

A selection of events from the Arts Calendar that caught our eye this week.