Early in March, almost three months after the deadly Indian Ocean tsunami, 40 renowned pianists converged in New York for a concert to benefit victims of the disaster. The Faust Harrison "Pianothon" lasted from noon until midnight, with performances from Steve Kuhn, Philip Glass and Ursula Oppens.
Founded in 1978, the Orchestra of St. Luke's has earned a reputation as one of America's foremost chamber orchestras. At Carnegie Hall, conductor David Zinman leads the ensemble in a program that contrasts the music of 20th-century Polish composer Henryk Gorecki with the 18th-century genius of Mozart.
NPR's Piano Jazz and WBGO in Newark honor the jazz singer and pianist Bobby Short with a look back at two of his live performances. The encore presentations include an appearance on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.
In 1998, singer Rokia Traoré hit the international music scene with a unique blend of modern sounds and traditional roots. Since then, the Malian chanteuse and songwriter has gained a devoted worldwide following. She performs songs from her latest CD, Bowmboï, at Zankel Hall.
Jazz guitarist and band leader Bill Frisell is the focus of our third show. The former "house guitarist" for pioneering German modern jazz label ECM, Frisell has worked with artists as varied as Elvis Costello, John Zorn and classical composer Gavin Bryars.
Critics call her "alluring" and "utterly enchanting." At Carnegie Hall, Sam Phillips delights her audience with her own songs of love and heartbreak. The Section String Quartet and Phillips' own band join her in an unplugged performance.
Young jazz piano prizewinner Adam Birnbaum, Japanese sensation Hiromi, pianist Lynne Arriale and her trio and the matchless veteran Kenny Barron headline the 15th annual 'Jazz Piano Christmas' concert.
In his Portsmouth Point Overture, English composer William Walton captures the colorful, bawdy sights and sounds of an 1811 Thomas Rowlandson painting of the same name. Joann Falletta conducts the Juilliard Symphony at New York's Lincoln Center.
Pianist Billy Taylor hosts an encore presentation the 2002 Jazz Piano Christmas at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Freddy Cole, Henry Butler, Andrew Hill, Jason Moran and Bill Charlap play swingin' holiday classics.
Each summer, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale brings together 20 professional singers from all over the country to Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of their most beautiful concert venues is the Loretto Chapel, a charming 19th century chapel, patterned after the Ste. Chapelle in Paris, but with a New Mexico flavor.
NPR's Fred Child is on stage at the Bishop's School in La Jolla, Calif., for SummerFest 2004. He talks with pianist Andre-Michel Schub, who plays music by Chopin and Ravel. Schub is joined by SummerFest Artistic Director Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin on violin.