The late-’50s detective series Peter Gunn was popular, but Henry Mancini’s music for it became iconic. NPR’s Linda Wertheimer finds out what makes the jazzy score so indelible.
The pianist who spent 25 years writing pop hits says he’s long been interested in the work of Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg and others. Now he’s sharing that interest with his audience.
On this program from 2001, the bassist takes center stage to discuss his favorite gigs and jam with host Marian McPartland in “Billie’s Bounce” and “Midnight Sun.”
For decades, he created unique roles for his fiddle. Hear an interview and performance for Billy Taylor’s Jazz At The Kennedy Center, an archival NPR program.
For a family initially derided as crude, it sure spends a lot of time at the opera. Here’s a sampling of embiggened classical music during The Simpsons marathon, which starts today on FXX.
To mark the apparent end of the Metropolitan Opera’s labor crisis, try a nerdworthy quiz — and learn a few quirky things about America’s largest performing arts organization.
While agreements with 10 more unions need to be reached by Tuesday night, the deal struck with two of the Met’s major unions represents a major turning point in a bitter dispute.
The Pacifica Quartet explores the world of Soviet-era composer Dmitri Shostakovich. Watch the group play selections from his introspective cycle of string quartets.
The organist aims to rescue his instrument from its church-bound traditions. With his new album, which includes Bach and Bacharach alike, Carpenter could land a multitude of converts.
A long career began suddenly as she replaced the lead in Madame Butterfly mid-performance. A Metropolitan Opera stalwart, she sang the lead in La traviata there more than anyone before or since.