Music the artform and artists

How One Singer Made Four Debut Albums

About a month before she died last week at age 76, Sathima Bea Benjamin finally properly celebrated her debut album.

NPR

Music and Tyranny: The Rest is Silence

At last Friday's Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, the Warsaw Philharmonic, brilliantly conducted by Antoni Wit, presented a powerful programme of Polish and Russian music written under the shadow of Nazism and Stalinism.

The Independent

What Albert Murray Taught Us About Jazz

An essayist, cultural theorist, novelist, educator and biographer who died on August 18 at 97, Albert Murray spent more than five decades developing his thesis that America is a culturally miscegenated nation.

NPR

The 95-year-old keeping traditional Vietnamese music alive

The 95-year-old is reckoned to be one of the greatest of the country's traditional musicians and the guardian of a form of Vietnamese music called Nhac Tai Tu Nam Bo - or the Music of the Amateurs.

BBC News

Boo or Bravo: Hot Opera Directors

Bloomberg Picks Today's Hottest Opera Directors No, not the mayor himself. But his news agency names a group ranging from the established (Robert Carsen, David McVicar) to the up-and-coming (Katharina Thoma) to the edgy (Dmitri Tcherniakov, La Fura dels Baus) to the accidental (Fiona Shaw).

Bloomberg

Woody Shaw: The Last Great Trumpet Innovator

Woody Shaw, who made his first recordings 50 years ago this summer, might be the jazz trumpet's least appreciated giant.

NPR

Confessions of a ‘Composeress’

What is the role of the "woman composer" and why, after all these years, is she such a burning issue?

The New York Times

Elvis Presley: 20 essential songs

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, and thousands have gathered at Gracelands in tribute to the singer.

The Telegraph

Why Write Symphonies?

"So why do you write in these old forms, the symphony, the concerto ... ?"

WQXR


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