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Andrew Norman: Better Living Through Architecture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Andrew Norman has followed a winding artistic path that nearly landed him in the architecture world. Lucky for us, he kept writing music. Hear episode two of Meet the Composer tonight at 7 pm on Q2 Music or subscribe to the Meet the Composer podcast on iTunes now to find out why.

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Andrew Norman: Movement Two

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Andrew Norman: Movement Three

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The Quiet Violence of Peter V. Swendson’s Seasons and Weather

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Summer 24-Hour Marathon: What's Your Roadtrip Playlist?

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