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

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Gavin Bryars' 'Sinking Of The Titanic' In Concert

WNYC Radio

Bryars' first major composition, The Sinking of the Titanic, still sounds as vital, fresh and forward-thinking as it did when it was written in 1969. The piece was performed in 2008 as part of the Wordless Music Series recorded by WNYC in New York City.

Gavin Bryars' 'The Sinking of the Titanic' in Performance 1/16/08

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John Adams Re-Imagines the Hymn

WNYC Radio

John Adams' early work Christian Zeal and Activity provides the hymn-like center of a musical triptych called American Standard. In a concert from the Wordless Music Series, recorded by WNYC, a string orchestra reverently performs the piece with "sonic found objects."

John Adams' 'Christian Zeal and Activity' in Performance 1/16/08

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The Raveonettes in Concert

XPN

The Danish duo mixes '50s and '60s rock with harmonies inspired by The Everly Brothers and The Ronettes. But the band is no mere throwback, with an increasingly appealing and timeless rock catalog. Hear The Raveonettes perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.

The Ravenonettes in Concert on Live Friday 3/28/08

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Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks In Concert

With his ironic wordplay, deadpan delivery, and spiky guitar hooks, Malkmus helped make his former group Pavement one of the most influential rock acts of the '90s. Hear Malkmus and his backing band The Jicks, recorded live in concert from Washington, D.C.

Stephen Malkmus Live from All Songs Considered

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Exiled to Boston: Verdi's 'A Masked Ball'

When Verdi's A Masked Ball was banned by Italian censors, for depicting the murder of a European king, he made the king a governor and moved the whole story to Boston — creating a hit in the process.

An Audio Introduction to 'A Masked Ball'

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Toots Thielemans at Tanglewood

WBGO

Thielemans is the man who made the harmonica a jazz instrument. In a Brazilian-heavy set recorded at the 2005 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, he's joined by Oscar Castro-Neves, Airto, and pianist Kenny Werner. Now in his 80s, Thielemans still loves to play. Collaboration between WBGO and WGBH.

Toots Thielemans in Concert on JazzSet 2005

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John Adams Revitalizes the Violin Concerto

American Public Media

The violin concerto is a 300-year-old art form, and today's composers are still judged by how well they can combine a fiddle with an orchestra. Leila Josefowicz performs John Adams' 1993 concerto in concert with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Hear Leila Josefowicz play Adams' concerto with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

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Lizz Wright in Concert

XPN

Southern singer Lizz Wright crafts a distinct mixture of jazz, folk, gospel, and R&B, but she's been most widely celebrated as a rising star in the jazz world. Hear Wright perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.

Lizz Wright in Concert

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'The Secret,' by Bedrich Smetana

Often called "the father of Czech opera," Bedrich Smetana's composed 8 operas altogether, including the 1878 charmer, The Secret, a gentle folk tale about a family feud and long-delayed love.

An Audio Introduction to 'The Secret'

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Tokyo Police Club Goes Acoustic for SXSW

The Current

Tokyo Police Club's party-starting mod-punk show up minus its heavy rhythms, in an acoustic version of "Tesselate." David Monks sits solo on The Current's stage, on the corner of 7th and Red River in Austin, for the SXSW festival.

The Heavy Gets Dirty and Funky

The Current

Traveling from Noid, a small town in England, The Heavy creates a one-of-a-kind retro-soul sound that's heavy, dirty, and funky. Performing at the corner of 7th and Red River in Austin, Tex., the band plays "That Kind of Man" for a crowd at the South by Southwest Music Festival.

SXSW 2008: The Weakerthans

XPN

With the keyboardist literally running in from the street to play, The Weakerthans play SXSW. Four albums in, The Weakerthans' members are still making intelligent, punk-tinged pop music. The band's leader, John K. Samson, is a fiction writer disguised as a songwriter, crafting an impressive array of troubled wanderers and everyday Joes.

The Weakerthans in Concert at SXSW 3/14/08

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'Lysistrata, or The Nude Goddess,' by Mark Adamo

Mark Adamo's Lysistrata preaches a pro-love, anti-war message that dates all the way back to a satire by Aristophanes in the 5th century B.C. The piece was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera.

An Audio Introduction to 'Lysistrata'

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