Young jazz piano prizewinner Adam Birnbaum, Japanese sensation Hiromi, pianist Lynne Arriale and her trio and the matchless veteran Kenny Barron headline the 15th annual 'Jazz Piano Christmas' concert.
In his Portsmouth Point Overture, English composer William Walton captures the colorful, bawdy sights and sounds of an 1811 Thomas Rowlandson painting of the same name. Joann Falletta conducts the Juilliard Symphony at New York's Lincoln Center.
Pianist Billy Taylor hosts an encore presentation the 2002 Jazz Piano Christmas at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Freddy Cole, Henry Butler, Andrew Hill, Jason Moran and Bill Charlap play swingin' holiday classics.
Each summer, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale brings together 20 professional singers from all over the country to Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of their most beautiful concert venues is the Loretto Chapel, a charming 19th century chapel, patterned after the Ste. Chapelle in Paris, but with a New Mexico flavor.
NPR's Fred Child is on stage at the Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif., for SummerFest 2004. He talks with pianist Andre-Michel Schub, who plays music by Chopin and Ravel. Schub is joined by SummerFest Artistic Director Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin on violin.
Four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald debuts her new song cycle, "The Seven Deadly Sins," and sings a few of her favorites from the American popular songbook live on stage at Carnegie's Zankel Hall.
Legendary Brazilian songwriter and musician Caetano Veloso, often called the "Bob Dylan of Brazil," is joined on the Zankel Hall stage by Talking Heads co-founder David Byrne. Veloso's version of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" is a high point.
Renowned Latvian-born violinist Gidon Kremer has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation. His Kremerata Musica quartet plays an all-Shostakovich program in Carnegie's Zankel Hall.
Get ready for some high-energy hijinx from this 11-member Romanian Gypsy group. The band was discovered by two Belgian world music fanatics in 1989 in the rural town of Cjelani, 25 miles outside of Bucharest.
One of country music's most beloved performers, Emmylou Harris performs with her touring band Spyboy. She's also joined on several numbers by singers Julie Miller, Patty Griffin, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
Every two years, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival welcomes some of the world's A-list keyboard artists to Kalamazoo, Mich., for two weeks of concerts and masterclasses. Performance Today was there to capture some of those concerts, and to host of performance of its own. Pianist Angela Hewitt joins Fred Child on stage for conversation, and music by Couperin, Chabrier and Bach.