The rootsy singer flirted with major-label stardom in the mid-'90s, but in recent years has found success writing songs for television and building a cult following as a performer. Hear Arnold perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
As reliable as the winter solstice itself, saxophonist Paul Winter presents his 28th annual Winter Solstice Celebration at New Yorks Cathedral of St. John the Divine, featuring musicians and dancers from around the world.
Janacek's fanciful opera The Cunning Little Vixen tells a story populated by forest creatures and people who find themselves humbled by the woodland's natural quiet and peace. The production is from Houston Grand Opera.
Houston Grand Opera on World of Opera -- The Cunning Little Vixen
One of America's most popular Klezmer ensembles, the Klezmatics draw on musical traditions from around the world. The Grammy Award-winning band performs new settings for recently discovered Hanukkah lyrics by great American songwriter Woody Guthrie.
Clarence Fountain and his legendary gospel group have won four Grammy Awards in as many years. In this program, the first in NPR's new "Discoveries at Disney Hall" series, they present their own take on Christmas classics, along with some gospel favorites like "I'm a Soldier in the Army of the Lord."
Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show in concert on Discoveries at Disney Concert Hall - 12/19/2006
The choirs of two prestigious historically black institutions present a spine-tingling concert program. In a Christmas celebration, the Morehouse and Spelman Glee Clubs perform spirituals, carols and sacred texts.
The songwriter behind the pop anthem "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" helped define the fizzily eccentric persona of singer Cyndi Lauper, but Robert Hazard's catalog runs much deeper. Hear him perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
Verdi's blockbuster Aida evokes the mystery and splendor of ancient Egypt, with a healthy dose of passion thrown into the mix. The production comes from Houston Grand Opera and stars soprano Zvetelina Vassileva in the title role, with tenor Marco Berti as Radames.
The 50th annual festival, held in September 2007 on the jam-packed Fairgrounds at Monterey, had the excitement of a world-class event and the familiarity of a class reunion. Hear Dave Brubeck and his quartet in a concert performed for the world-famous jazz festival.
What happens when a good feast goes bad? Find out in Handel's Oratorio Belshazzar, the tale of an arrogant Babylonian King and his demise. Kent Tritle conducts Handel's gorgeous music in concert at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York.
With the release of Boys and Girls in America, The Hold Steady solidified its place among the best rock bands in the U.S. With classic riffs and literate storytelling, it's been dubbed the thinking man's bar band. Hear The Hold Steady recorded live in concert with Art Brut, from Washington, D.C.
Broken Social Scene is one of the most accomplished bands in indie-rock. Its dozen-plus members have made some of the best albums of recent years, either in side projects (Metric, Stars) or solo (Emily Haines, Feist.) Hear the band recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.
Galactic may have begun as a straightforwardly funky jam band, but it's since evolved to incorporate electronic elements and a greater emphasis on hip-hop. Hear Galactic perform a concert from WXPN and World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
In La Cenerentola, Rossini's take on the classic story of Cinderella, the title character overcomes her dysfunctional family with an admirable combination of courage and tolerance. Joyce DiDonato stars in the tile role in a production from Houston Grand Opera.
Houston Grand Opera on World of Opera -- 'La Cenerentola'
On May 24, 1987, Max Roach performed solo and with two groups in the performance studio of WBGO. Wearing a silk suit with rolled-up sleeves, he wowed the listening audience with his precise and melodic drumming. Hear the late, great drummer perform on JazzSet.