David Diamond, who recently passed away, is from a generation of American "romantic" composers whose music fell out of fashion mid-century when a new, more aggressive style of composing came into vogue. We hear the Seattle Symphony perform his Concerto for Small Orchestra.
William Schuman spent most of his professional life as a music administrator. But he also found time to write highly imaginative music. We hear his Third Symphony, which features two under-appreciated instruments of the orchestra: the snare drum and the bass clarinet.
Over the years, the popularity of Aaron Copland's ballets Appalachian Spring, Rodeo and Billy the Kid — with their tuneful, wide open spaces — have overshadowed some of his earlier works. But today, Performance Today focuses on one of those works, his Symphonic Ode.
Hear and download a full concert from one of England's most exciting new bands. Bloc Party's full performance at Washington, DC's 9:30 Club was originally webcast live on NPR.org on June 16. It's the latest in a series of live concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered.
In the 1970s and '80s, the members of Orchestra Baobab were the masters of Afro-Cuban music. After prodding by the man behind the Buena Vista Social Club, the Senegalese group has returned to the stage.
The Magnetic Fields started as a cult phenomenon, but singer Stephin Merritt has taken the band well beyond its indie beginnings in Manhattan's Lower East Side. At Zankel Hall, the group plays songs from its acclaimed CDs, 69 Love Songs and i.
Every May, the Supreme Court justices invite musicians to the court for a spring concert. This year, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and baritone Rod Gilfrey performed in the elegant East Conference Room of the Supreme Court building in downtown Washington, D.C.
Hailed by critics as a "Copland for the 21st century," John Adams writes music inspired by the wide open spaces of the American West. Creators at Carnegie presents a concert of musical landscapes from the acclaimed composer.
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.