Shaquille O'Neal conducted the Boston Pops Monday night during one of the orchestra's annual holiday concerts. For a big man, Shaquille O'Neal shows a deft touch with the baton.
Boston Ballet's community outreach program, CityDance, gives a talented male athlete a life in the arts.
These top US ballet companies teach art and dance to urban youth.
The 30 years that have passed since John Lennon's death have done little to diminish him as one of the most respected musicians of the 20th century. As a member of one of the most successful and influential songwriting teams of all time, he changed the face of popular music. Lennon was a mad experimenter, a avant-garde visionary who not only responded to the tenor of his day, but set it. He was also a master of wide appeal, able to temper his unorthodox impulses with approachability. Many of his innovations are now essential components of pop music. Here are six of his most influential songs:
Hershey Felder performs the one-man musical play "Maestro: the Art of Leonard Bernstein," a tribute to the multitalented icon of American music.
Musical artist and mashup DJ "Girl Talk" has posted his entire 'All Day' album online as a free download - provoking copyright owners for the fifth time.
New releases of 1960s recordings show Bob Dylan's early genius.
Soul music singers Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette bring a rare maturity and authority to the age of 'American Idol.'
Albee views drama as a catalyst and creates plays that hold up a mirror to human behavior and make people think.
Rock star and entrepreneur Jack White hopes his back-to-the-future approach to producing music will generate more creative, inspired recordings.
Basya Schechter, lead singer of Pharaoh's Daughter, draws on her ultra-Orthodox childhood to craft songs for the band.
Dance-oriented bounce music, a hip-hop variant unique to New Orleans, is tapped by hitmakers.
Young Palestinians gain self-esteem – and find a welcome precision – in a camp-based bagpipe band in southern Lebanon.
Broadway musicals that ground themselves in the songbook of a famous pop artist are energizing the Great White Way.
Heralded blues singer draws on a troubled childhood in foster homes to bring truth to her songs.
The L.A. Wagner festival showcases a host of modern interpretations inspired by the German composer's work.
Latin music influences – including salsa, merengue, and samba – are seeping into the concert hall as directors seek to broaden the appeal.
Have the most coveted music awards gone commercial? Domination by top 40 stars makes it look that way.
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift scoop up 18 nominations between them, but Whitney Houston is a surprising absence.
Even in this age of iTunes and Rock band video games, the supergroup has found an audience and an album hit.