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Music has always been seen as having healing properties—from ancient societies using music to unite communities and keep them healthy to singing as a way to soothe colicky babies. Much...
Not long ago after a Joyful Chorus performance, one audience member was dumbfounded. She was the occupational therapist of one of the choir members, and even though she had worked closely with the child, she was struck by the performance. “She said, ‘I have never seen this student be so attentive...
“I don’t know why I was drawn to the son huasteco ,” recalled 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas in an interview with Daniel Sheehy in 2005. [Editor's Note: Daniel Sheehy became an NEA National Heritage Fellow in 2015.] “I believe it was the falsetto that really got to me, along with...
Born in 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein was, in many ways, the most important American classical figure of his generation. If you’re familiar with his work, you probably know him as the man behind the score to the musical West Side Story . But Bernstein was a cultural juggernaut...
"I would say with anything, anywhere in the arts, I think it's important to find a tribe of people who truly knows enough about—or shares enough of your values to be able to really challenge you to that next level." — Reena Esmail Read our July 2018 interview with composer Reena Esmail here .
Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts bestows the nation’s highest honor in jazz—the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships—on individuals who have made significant contributions to the art form. Today, the NEA has announced the four newest recipients of this lifetime honor: Bob Dorough , vocalist,...
Houston native James Francies learned early on that he had perfect pitch. That gift, along with untold hours of practice, has made him one of the most sought-after pianists playing today. After graduating from the presitigous Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Francies earned a...
“I would say with anything, anywhere in the arts, I think it's important to find a tribe of people who truly knows enough about, or shares enough of your values to be able to really challenge you to that next level.”— Reena Esmail Composer Reena Esmail is not willing to settle for the status quo...
Since 1963, St. Louis Classical Guitar Society —originally known as the George C. Krick Classical Guitar Guild (SLCG)—has brought the sound of music to its community with a range of programs including concerts and master classes. Seeking to use its expertise as an arts organization to help...
Last night at the Kennedy Center we celebrated the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--with a stellar line-up of talent including both established and emerging jazz musicians. From Cecile McLorin Salvant and Helen Sung to Christian McBridge and NEA...

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