Virtuoso sitar player Ravi Shankar inspired a new fascination with and appreciation for classical Indian music in Western popular culture. Judy Woodruff remembers the man who tutored Beatles guitarist George Harrison, performed at Woodstock and won three Grammy awards. Shankar passed away at the age of 92. Continue reading
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, who challenged time-signature conventions and brought jazz to a wide audience, has died at the age of 91. His 1959 album "Time Out" was the first jazz record to sell a million copies. Jeffrey Brown talks to George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, about Brubeck’s life and musical legacy. Continue reading
On the occasion of a new world tour revival of his breakthrough, abstract 1976 opera "Einstein on the Beach," composer Philip Glass talks to Jeffrey Brown about his love of classical music, his own genre-bending work and finding success in the music world. Continue reading
Fans are mourning the passing of longtime jazz pianist, educator and advocate Billy Taylor, who died Tuesday of heart failure. Taylor earned his Ph.D in music education and spread his passion for jazz, lecturing and writing for students and radio and television audiences. Jeffrey Brown looks back on his life. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks to Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim about his life, career and the art of writing music, lyrics and rhymes that stand the test of time. Continue reading
After the Great Depression and a horrendous flood devastated Louisville, the city’s mayor and and the conductor of its symphony orchestra hatched a plan to make the city great again.
Hilary Hahn and Jennifer Higdon shared a love of 20th century music when Higdon was Hahn’s professor at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Fifteen years later, this student-teacher relationship has transformed into a partnership at the top of its field. Continue reading
Composer Jennifer Higdon is the recipient of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Music.