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The adventuresome string quartet asked a huge range of musicians to create new pieces modeled on artistic idols. Hear pieces inspired by figures ranging from John Steinbeck to James Brown.
A savvy student of ’60s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building songcraft, Edmonson nods to her influences at every turn. But her take on those musical languages is fresh and fluent.
The winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for music is both an unforgettable seascape and an urgent call to action. Hear the Alaskan composer and environmentalist’s sweeping symphonic work.
Chad Lawson needed to find a way to record at home while his children slept. The result is The Chopin Variations, a set of Chopin works with an intimate, otherworldly sound.
It’s rare to have three great pianists at three pianos in one studio. Charlap and Rosnes join host Marian McPartland in this 2008 session for a trio of “You and the Night and the Music.”
Now that the Scottish people have voted to remain in the United Kingdom, it’s time to salute their classical musicians — from soprano Mary Garden to composer James MacMillan.
An all-star sextet is crossing the country, advancing the festival’s mission: to create and support jazz education and performance programs. JazzSet has highlights from the Kennedy Center.
A restless formal inventor who draws from science, spirituality and extensive personal travels, Coleman has also mentored many major jazz musicians to develop their own languages and systems.
But flutist Yukie Ota didn’t let a little insect throw her off her game at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition.