André Previn, a celebrated musical polymath, died Thursday morning; he was a composer of Oscar-winning film music, conductor, pianist and music director of major orchestras. His manager, Linda Petrikova, confirmed to NPR that he died at his home in Manhattan.
Fifty years after the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair promised “three days of peace and music,” one of its original organizers announced Wednesday that he is putting together Woodstock 50 for this summer. The event will be held over three days — Aug. 16-18 — on a 1,000-acre green space in Watkins Glen in upstate New York, near the Finger Lakes.
Growing up in Chicago, Rachel Barton Pine took it for granted that there was a great body of classical music by black composers. She heard it on the radio. She played it in local orchestras as a student. The Center for Black Music Research is in Chicago. So, when the violinist recorded her first concerto album in 1997, she naturally included music by Afro-Caribbean and Afro-European composers.
While conducting research deep in the archives at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland last summer, Patricia Hall, a music theory professor at the University of Michigan, unearthed manuscripts of music arranged and performed by prisoners in the Nazi death camps. A buoyant foxtrot titled “The Most Beautiful Time Of Life” stood out to Hall, and has now been recorded by Michigan’s Contemporary Directions Ensemble.
Researchers thought the rounded stones found in the desert — clearly shaped by human hands — were used to grind nuts or seeds. But archaeologist Marilyn Martorano says they are actually lithophones.
Students in Broward County, Fla., have gone back to school — 6 months after the shooting that left 17 people dead at a Parkland high school. Some students spent the summer trying to heal through art.
During the summer camp, 80 Marjory Stoneman Douglas students got group therapy disguised as music, theater and art activities.
On July 30, as part of our series Turning the Tables, NPR Music published a list of the 200 greatest songs made by women and non-binary musicians who debuted on or after Jan. 1, 2000. Today, Ann Powers examines that list’s immediate forebears: artists whose careers began in the late 1990s but whose influence carried well into the 21st century.
This weekend, NPR Music will be on the ground at one of our favorite summer events: the Newport Folk Festival. We’re looking forward to hearing the brilliant sounds of Courtney Barnett, gospel powerhouse The War and Treaty and the instrumental vibrations of Khruangbin.
If you can’t join us in Newport, we’ll be live-streaming select sets from the entire weekend via TuneIn’s Newport Folk Radio. Set times and a complete webcast schedule are listed below.