When cellist Astrid Schween joins the Juilliard String Quartet, she’ll be the first woman and first African American member in its nearly 70 year history.
Seated at the piano in NPR’s studios, Anthony de Mare explains why he commissioned composers from the classical, jazz and Broadway worlds to interpret some of Sondheim’s finest songs.
The young woman who founded Iraq’s youth orchestra believes in the enduring spirit of her musicians. The group planned to bring its act overseas until it was forced into hiatus by ISIS.
As Black Violin, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste say they’re merely demonstrating what two music styles with traditionally disparate audiences have in common.
With flashes of lyricism, a young composer excels at weaving sound textures together to create distinct atmospheres. Hear the album, performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble.
First I want to pay tribute to all who made the NEPR cruise on the Beautiful Blue Danube a great success: thanks to Cheryl Willoughby, who kept the classical music on the air while I was away; to the organizers of the tour, Earthbound Expeditions and their staff, Tyson Verse, Tanya Masi and Matthew Brumley; to the more than 50 NEPR listeners…
Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera’s chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about “stagger breathing,” the ways singers protect their voices and his own lack of formal training.
For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass’ new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.
The opera, based on the tumultuous lives of painters Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, coincides with a new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts devoted to the year they lived in the city.
The show’s distinctive score is the work of Jeff Beal, who ushers viewers into its clandestine, manipulative and sometimes violent world by breaking a few musical rules.