In the first year of John F. Kennedy's administration, cellist Pablo Casals famously performed "The Song of the Birds," a traditional Spanish folk melody that had long been his signature. He told Kennedy it symbolized his hopes for freedom and peace in the world. Cecil Stoughton/John F. Kennedy Presidential Library hide caption

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At Kennedy Center, An Arts Legacy Alive At 50

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As the star of The Diary of a Madman, Geoffrey Rush discovered threads of modern absurdism in Nikolai Gogol's writing. Heidrun Lohr/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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At BAM, A Raft Of Classics, Shipped In From Overseas

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Budget Crisis Forces Classical Music Out Of Its Box

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Shirley Jones Sings For Richard Rodgers

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Spiderman Takes A Time-Out Before Broadway

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Green Day formed in 1987 with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong (right), bassist Mike Dirnt (left) and drummer Tre Cool (center). Marina Chavez hide caption

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Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Takes Broadway

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Training And Trust: Partners On The Flying Trapeze

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Actor Pete Postlethwaite was a mainstay of the British theater who came to wider prominence via his roles in the films In the Name of The Father, The Usual Suspects and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Actor Pete Postlethwaite, 1946-2011

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Agathe von Trapp, center, with her sister, Maria, and brother, Johannes, right, at the Martin Beck Theatre to see the reopening of the Broadway musical 'The Sound of Music' on March 12, 1998, in New York. Lynsey Addario /AP hide caption

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Do-Re-Mi

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Nuts For The Nutcracker: Dance Critic Criscrosses America

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In Frankie & Alice, Rashad plays the mother of Halle Berry's character, who suffers from a multiple personality disorder. Sergei Bachlakov hide caption

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Phylicia Rashad Probes 'Dimensions Of Motherhood'

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Political Theater Is No Laughing Matter In Belarus

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A Final Lesson On The Meaning Of Christmas (Carols)

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