A few composers are seeing new possibilities for percussion concertos. At least four such pieces are scheduled in the US over the next month.
Terrance Simien, a leading light among the younger generation of zydeco musicians, is raising the genre's profile at this year's Grammy awards.
Vampire Weekend's new album is (pardon us) fangtastic, Sheryl Crow returns after personal "Detours."
On his first album in a decade, Professor Peter Schickele (and his alter ego, P.D.Q. Bach) create cadenzas of laughter in classical music.
Cat Power's new covers record includes tunes by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Cat Power herself. The mood is hushed, and elegiac.
Their 1999 research on an unsung hero who sheltered Jewish children during the Holocaust has become a play that's been performed abroad – and brought recognition to a Polish woman.
In Mississippi, M.J. Etua helps students look outside their own world as they participate in a competition against better-funded programs.
By updating traditional Afro-Peruvian music, the band is mainstreaming black culture in the racially divided nation.
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