Jason Moran, one of today’s best-known younger jazz musicians, is a true believer that his art form can transport and transform an audience. Now the artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, the musician has a public platform to share his passion. Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviews Moran about his work to bring the jazz experience to more people. Continue reading
President Barack Obama announced he would posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sally Ride, the first woman in space. NewsHour’s science correspondent Miles O’Brien reflects on Ride’s legacy and her impact as an educator who encouraged young women to study science, technology, engineering and math. Continue reading
Part of a project produced by the Kennedy Center and singer-songwriter John Legend called What’s Going On Now, young people across the country are using media, music and inspiration from Marvin Gaye to address issues in their lives and communities such as the economy, wars and the environment. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
An emerging jazz innovator and the new artistic director at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, musician Jason Moran uses song to promote thought, therapy, consciousness and creativity. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Moran about his efforts to create more appreciators of the arts in his new role. Continue reading
On Saturday, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., will bestow its Kennedy Center Honors on five of the nation’s leading artists. One is legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, who is still performing at age 81. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rollins to discuss his life’s work. Continue reading
Sunday was filled with solemn ceremonies in New York City, Shanksville, Pa., at the Pentagon and elsewhere in the world to celebrate the lives of the people who were killed in the terrorist attacks 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. The NewsHour team reports on how the 9/11 anniversary was commemorated. Continue reading
Australian actors Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh have brought the Anton Chekhov classic “Uncle Vanya” back to the stage, playing now at Washington’s Kennedy Center. Jeffrey Brown speaks with the actors about the challenges of staging the play for a modern audience and why so many Australians seem to be acting these days. Continue reading
Ballet in America was once dominated by a few major companies and concentrated in New York and a handful of other cities. But today there are more than 65 professional, million-dollar-budget ballet companies all around the country.