performing arts

  • melissa_etheridge
    December 9, 2014  

    Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has been known for her country and rock hits, but on her new album, “This Is M.E.,” she also adds R&B and soul to the mix. Gwen Ifill sits down with the veteran musician to discuss her artistic evolution and the realities of making an album today. Continue reading

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    December 8, 2014  

    Al Green was one of five artists honored at the Kennedy Center this year. Jeffrey Brown talks to the singer, whose iconic voice has stirred souls with pop music and gospel for decades, about a life of making music and preaching. Continue reading

  • belafleck
    November 19, 2014  

    Despite playing a common instrument, celebrated banjo players Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck have kept their musical careers separate. But after performing together as a favor to a relative, the two realized their different styles could be complementary, leading to a new collaboration and a family tour complete with their 21-month-old son. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • stradivarius
    November 10, 2014  

    In January, a street criminal tazed Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond and stole his precious Stradivarius violin. Unfortunately for the thief — who was sentenced to seven years in jail Monday — the police commissioner in charge was a symphony devotee. Buzz Bissinger of Vanity Fair joins Jeffrey Brown to tell the tale. Continue reading

  • ballet3
    November 6, 2014  

    At 18, Patricia McBride became the youngest principal dancer ever in legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s company. Now, McBride, herself a mentor, teacher and co-director of the vibrant Charlotte Ballet, is being honored by the Kennedy Center for her artistic dedication. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • bobdylan
    November 3, 2014  

    In the late ’60s, Bob Dylan retreated to upstate New York to recover from a motorcycle accident and the exhaustion of touring. In the basement of a house called Big Pink, he recorded with the musicians who would form The Band. Known as “The Basement Tapes,” only a limited number of cuts have been available until now. Jeffrey Brown learns more from Anthony DeCurtis of Rolling Stone. Continue reading

  • taylorswift2
    October 31, 2014  

    Taylor Swift’s new album is on track to sell a million copies in its first week, a milestone that will make it the only record this year to go platinum. Jeffrey Brown looks at how the young singer mastered marketing and social media, and why some stars still sell big despite a changing music industry. Continue reading

  • disgraced
    October 30, 2014  

    Amir is a successful corporate lawyer living a version of the American Dream, who has turned his back on the Muslim faith of his parents. The Broadway play “Disgraced,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar, tells the story of how Amir’s world and identity fall apart. Jeffrey Brown interviews Akhtar about his work and the deeper questions he’s exploring. Continue reading

  • Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images
    October 29, 2014  

    One of the most legendary bands in rock ‘n’ roll took the stage for the last time Tuesday. Founded by Gregg Allman and his late brother Duane, the Allman Brothers Band has been synonymous with Southern rock and musicianship since the 1970s. Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at how they endured tragedy and multiple lineups to put their mark on musical history. Continue reading

  • Dr. G.B. Burt (Grover Burt), Birmingham, Alabama, 2009. "Dr. Burt loved being with people and never stopped spreading joy, he even called us from his deathbed in Detroit, hoping we could find him a gig nearby."Photo courtesy Tim and Denise Duffy
    October 27, 2014  

    For every American musician who makes it big, there are many, many more who eke out a living to be able to afford new guitar strings. The Music Maker Foundation, based in North Carolina, helps struggling blues artists meet their basic needs, record their music and book tours. Jeffrey Brown reports on their efforts to preserve American culture and keep the music coming. Continue reading

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