Concerts Performances from today's top artists, filmed at venues and festivals across the country.

'Toast of the Nation' Rings in the New Year

NPR and WBGO, Jazz 88 in Newark ring in the New Year with the 25th anniversary edition of Toast of the Nation — 13 hours of jazz and blues from Europe and across America.

Harmonies of a 'Chanticleer Christmas'

The twelve men of Chanticleer, one of America's premiere vocal ensembles, present a program of a cappella music at the St. Vincent Church in Petaluma, Calif. Joseph Jennings directs.

A Jazzy Christmas at Kennedy Center

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.

The Music and Art Behind 'Portsmouth Point'

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.

Jazz Piano Christmas 2002: An Encore

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.

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale at the Loretto Chapel

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 at La Jolla: Schub Plays Chopin, Ravel

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.

NPR at La Jolla: Schub Plays Chopin, Ravel

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Quartetto Gelato Performs Ravel, Kodaly

The eclectic Canadian chamber ensemble performs and discusses its innovative music. The group has been playing a wide-ranging repertoire of everything from sonatas to tangos for over 10 years.

Quartetto Gelato Performs Ravel, Kodaly

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Audra McDonald

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.

Caetano Veloso and David Byrne in Concert

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.

Gidon Kremer

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.

Taraf de Haïdouks in Concert

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.

Dawn Upshaw: Folk Songs

One of the world's most beloved and admired sopranos, Dawn Upshaw has a way with complex modern works and also the tuneful melodies of classic American composers like Stephen Foster.

Emmylou Harris at Carnegie Hall

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.

Angela Hewitt, Live from Gilmore

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.

Angela Hewitt, Live from Gilmore

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