After WWI, the British were lamenting a lost era and eager for something new. Edward Elgar gave them a meditative, compelling cello concerto. Steven Isserlis plays Elgar's autumnal music in concert with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
With stunning vocals from Neko Case and playfully cerebral narratives from songwriters Dan Bejar and A.C. Newman, the Canadian band is virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie-rock. The band gives a full concert, recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.
Born in London and raised in Harlem, 25-year-old Nellie McKay has already carved out a name for herself as a singer, songwriter, musician, actress and comedian. Hear McKay perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
The title character in Simon Boccanegra is among the most complex and poignant that Verdi ever created, and the opera is among his most beautiful. In this production from Houston, Boccanegra is played by the renowned baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
The Austin rock band Spoon has been making tight, adventurous art-pop for nearly 15 years. Hear the group online in a full concert recorded live from Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club with opening act The Ponys.
For more than 40 years, the ska and reggae legends in Toots and the Maytals have been known worldwide for their unique fusion of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Hear the band perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Hear Earle, one of the most outspoken and compelling figures in contemporary music, perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia. His new album draws on themes of war, pollution and immigration, while maintaining a sense of optimism.
Drawing on Bob Dylan's penchant for evocative poetry and Bruce Springsteen's gift for wrapping complex issues in homey narratives, Ritter is becoming the standard-bearer for a new generation of Americana artists. Hear him recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
Josh Ritter in Concert on All Songs Considered - 10/09/2007
A singer-songwriter who injects his music with wry humor and piercing insight, Wainwright has recorded more than 20 albums while frequently composing work for other artists. Hear Wainwright perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman, Patti Austin and Stevie Wonder celebrate the Institute that offers young musicians college-level training from the masters. The namesake — Thelonious Monk — was born October 10, 1917, and would be 90 this fall. Hear the concert.
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert on JazzSet