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Maria Nezhdanova is a 13-year-old singer from Sochi, Russia who will join us with a performance in studio. She is currently experiencing American culture as a guest of the Chicago Language Travel Company, and she’ll perform as a special guest for the Old Town School of Folk Music on March 5. Listen to an audio clip of her singing and watch a web extra performance.

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Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza joins us with a conversation and performance. Watch web extra performances.

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Robbie Fulks is a rare country singer based in Chicago. Find out why he’s been compared to everybody from Elvis Costello to Chet Atkins when we talk with Fulks, and hear performances of songs from his new record: “Gone Away Backward” on Chicago’s Bloodshot Records. Read an Artbeat blog and watch a web extra performance.

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You might remember her as the devilish Vera on Downton Abbey. But Irish singer, songwriter, and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy also has a heavenly singing voice. We revisit a conversation and performance with Kennedy.

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You might remember her as the devilish Vera on Downton Abbey. But Irish singer, songwriter, and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy also has a heavenly singing voice. She joins us for a conversation and performance.

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Blues singer Bobby Bland died at age 83. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recipient of a lifetime achievement Grammy Award, Bland had a memorable performance in WTTW studios back in 1977 on Soundstage with B.B. King. Watch the web extra video.

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Idina Menzel

Star of the screen and stage, Idina Menzel, joins us to talk about her latest PBS Special, premiering exclusively on WTTW -- Idina Menzel LIVE: Barefoot at the Symphony.