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Composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose hour-long chamber opera Sumeida's Song recently appeared on recording and on stage.

Read Lean But Seen: The Joy Of Smaller Opera

February 5, 2013 – An intense yet modestly scaled opera Sumeia's Song by composer Mohammed Fairouz offers a model.

Karen Carpenter, of The Carpenters, performs in London in 1974.

Watch Remembering Karen Carpenter, 30 Years Later

February 4, 2013 – Joel Samberg makes a case for the late singer's legacy, which remains a source of disagreement.


My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher during the band's set at Coachella in 2009.

Watch Listening To My Bloody Valentine Three Ways

February 4, 2013 – Three writers spent Sunday soaking in the the band's first album in 22 years.

Read Does Classical Music Have A Transgender Problem?

February 4, 2013 – A moving essay in the New York Times by pianist Sara Davis Buechner poses many questions.

Yo La Tengo's new album is titled Fade.

Read Yo La Tengo: Decades In And Far From Fading

February 4, 2013 – The band's new album, Fade, demonstrates that Yo La Tengo is all grown up but not at all stuffy.


Beyonce performs during the Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night.

Read The Roots Of Beyonce's Super Bowl Spectacular

February 4, 2013 – Sunday's display of imperial charisma was an illusion, but what a substantial one.

Once a poet and an English teacher, Jim McCormick has become a powerhouse Nashville songwriter.

Watch A Tenacious Wordsmith Hits It Big In Nashville

February 3, 2013 – Once an English teacher and poet, Jim McCormick has become one of country music's hottest lyricists.


At age 76, musician Kris Kristofferson is still writing songs. His new album is called Feeling Mortal.

Read Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

February 3, 2013 – The legendary songwriter is still performing at 76. His latest album is called Feeling Mortal.


Afghanistan's youth orchestra performs in Kabul on Jan. 31. The orchestra is coming to the U.S. and will appear at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Read From A Land Where Music Was Banned — To Carnegie Hall

February 3, 2013 – Young Afghans will be performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the U.S.


Wayne Shorter turns 80 this year. His newest album is called Without a Net.

Read Wayne Shorter On Jazz: 'How Do You Rehearse The Unknown?'

February 2, 2013 – The 79-year-old saxophonist and composer discusses his new album Without a Net.


Stride piano pioneer James P. Johnson had dreams of becoming a successful symphonic composer.

Watch Treasures In The Attic: Finding A Jazz Master's Lost Orchestral Music

February 2, 2013 – Conductor Marin Alsop retraces her steps in uncovering symphonic work of James P. Johnson.


Rock musician Dave Grohl recorded Nirvana's Nevermind at L.A.'s Sound City Studios; now, he's turned his musical memories of the place into a documentary film of the same name.

Read 'Sound City': Music And Memories In An L.A. Landmark

January 31, 2013 – Dave Grohl lights up a famed L.A. studio for one last session in the documentary Sound City.

Jack DeJohnette.

Read A 'Special Edition' Box Set Of Jack DeJohnette And Band

January 31, 2013 – A new four-CD box set highlights the music of the jazz keyboardist and drummer.


Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's new collaborative album is titled Get Up!

Read Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy

January 31, 2013 – The singer-songwriter and the harmonica legend team up on a new album of original blues songs.


The Andrews Sisters (from left, Maxene, Patty and LaVerne) in the 1940s. Patty was the star of the sibling act.

Watch Patty Andrews, Leader Of The Andrews Sisters, Dies

January 31, 2013 – The youngest of the boogie-woogie sibling act, Andrews was 94 years old.


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