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

Uncle Earl: Old-Time Strings in Concert

XPN

Uncle Earl is an all-star, all-female string band, with songs ranging from high-energy fiddle tunes and dance numbers to haunting, ancient ballads. Hear Uncle Earl play a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.

Uncle Earl in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/30/2007

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Verdi's 'Macbeth'

Verdi's Macbeth is one of the rarest things in opera: A successful opera based on Shakespeare. Paoletta Marrocu and Lado Atanelli star in a controversial production from the Washington National Opera.

Kurt Elling at the Kennedy Center

WBGO

Kurt Elling's expressive, flexible baritone with a four-octave range can fly over horn lines, caress a love song, or recite poetry. The tenor performs on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Kurt Elling in Concert on JazzSet

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Bruce Hornsby and More in Concert from WBGO

WBGO

Bruce Hornsby, Deborah Cox, the Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker Quintet and Eldar joined more than a dozen artists for three days of live music at New York City's City Hall Park. Hear concerts by all four artists from NPR station WBGO. Saturday Afternoon Jazz's Monifa Brown hosts.

Josh Ritter in Concert

XPN

Already a superstar in Ireland, the folk-rock singer-songwriter and Idaho native is finally getting the recognition in America that he deserves. Hear Ritter play new songs while performing a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.

Josh Ritter in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/24/2007

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Jules Massenet's 'Werther'

Massenet's Werther is thrilling, tuneful, and one of the saddest operas ever composed — it ends with a suicide on Christmas Eve. Tenor Neil Shicoff stars in the title role, in a recent production at the Vienna State Opera.

Andy Narell at the Portland Jazz Festival

WBGO

An orchestra of steel drum students from Paris with their teacher, world music star Andy Narell, perform a once-in-a-lifetime set. They stir up colorful, shimmering sounds with amazing heart. Jacques Schwartzbart is special guest on saxophone.

Andy Narell in Concert on JazzSet

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Rufus Wainwright and Neko Case in Concert

XPN

The budding alt-pop icons bring their decidedly different sounds to WXPN's daytime concert series. Wainwright recently released the grandiose, theatrical Release the Stars, while Case shows up on The New Pornographers' forthcoming Challengers.

Rufus Wainwright in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/17/2007

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Puccini's 'The Girl of the Golden West'

Full-bore, Italian "verismo" meets the American frontier, in Puccini's Girl of the Golden West, from Glimmerglass Opera. Minnie is a golden-hearted woman serving a Deadwood-style mining camp as everyman's sister, teacher, mother and sweetheart — until a mysterious stranger comes to town, and she falls in love with the wrong guy.

Roger Honeywell with "Ch'ella mi creda libero" at Glimmerglass Opera.

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Big River Concert at Chicago's Symphony Center

WBGO

This JazzSet is the second of two "Big River" concerts, both organized by pianist Peter Martin (pictured). The music flowed and so did the money for flood relief. This program present a New Orleans style musical embrace with Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Victor Goines, Herlin Riley and others.

Big River Concert at Chicago's Symphony Center on JazzSet

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Crowded House, Joan as Police Woman in Concert

XPN

The Australian band Crowded House recorded some of the most appealing pop-rock singles of the late '80s and early '90s, before breaking up in 1996. Now reunited, the band headlines a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia, with opener Joan as Police Woman.

Crowded House in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/10/2007

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Stephen Hartke's 'The Greater Good'

Stephen Harke's new opera The Greater Good portrays a clash between the classes — but it's hard to tell which class is which when high-brow aristrocrats resort to decidedly low-brow behavior. The provocative, world premiere production comes from Glimmerglass Opera.

Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Kennedy Center

WBGO

Christian McBride is guest host as Dee Dee Bridgewater takes the stage on JazzSet at the 2006 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Trombonist Sarah Morrow opens the show. Hear the concert recorded by JazzSet.

Sarah Morrow in Concert on JazzSet

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Tegan and Sara in Concert

XPN

Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin began performing together at an early age, moving from high-school punk bands to widespread exposure for their pop-informed folk-punk sound. Hear Tegan and Sara perform a concert from WXPN and World Café Live in Philadelphia.

Tegan and Sara in concert on XPN Live Fridays - 08/03/2007

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Christian McBride Band at the Kennedy Center

WBGO

Fun-loving, strong-willed bassist Christian McBride can play anything he wants, and he likes to "mess with the jazz fans." McBride performs with his band at the Kennedy Center in concert recorded by JazzSet.

Christian McBride Band at the Kennedy Center on JazzSet

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