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Seg. 1 Opera's Joyce DiDonato On The Power of Music. Seg. 2: FBI Probes NCAA Hoops.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
The New Yorker magazine calls operatic mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato "perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation."

Segment 1: Prairie Village's mezzo-soprano presents music of Berlioz and Bernstein  with Kansas City Symphony.

Joyce DiDonato has performed on famed stages from Beijing to Barcelona. Today, we sat down with the Prairie Village native to talk about bringing her "In War & Peace" tour to Moscow, working with prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and her upcoming performance series at Kauffman Center.

'A Century of Bernstein: Joyce DiDonato Sings Bernstein and Berlioz,' with the Kansas City SymphonyMarch 16-18 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64108. For more information, visit KCSymphony.org.

Segment 2 beginning at 27:23: FBI's ongoing investigation has seen four arrests so far.

As this year's March Madness kicks off, federal scrutiny of NCAA men's basketball is shining a light on the underground economy of the sport. We discussed what's happened so far and how an implicated sports agent's spreadsheet points to the University of Kansas program.

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