The multi-talented cellist leads her string ensemble in concert from the African-American neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, featuring her two children on voice and drums.
The pianist performs his composition “Equipoise,” plus several inventive duets with host Marian McPartland, before an NPR studio audience.
Florent Ghys’ An Open Cage springs from a recording of the maverick composer reading an excerpt from his Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).
In mid-century Philadelphia, dozens of organists made jazz a popular, swinging, danceable contemporary music. The city salutes three such pioneers: Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Charles Earland.
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.
From fully staged operas to intimate chamber pieces — at seaside settings and mountain vistas — summer festivals this year offer a broad array of modern music.
The flagship jazz band of Venezuelan youth music education program El Sistema presents both American jazz masters and Venezuelan composer. It performs at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
The composer is the second from the New York music collective Bang on a Can to win the award with a choral work. Her oratorio explores the lives of coal miners and their families a century ago.
In a performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carla Bley, George Coleman, Charles Lloyd and Joe Segal are recognized for their lifetimes of artistry and service to the music. Watch at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has built his career on merging musical styles, places and times. For his latest album, the newly minted NEA Jazz Master worked in two old European instruments.