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By Anne Azzi Davenport
The power of music to heal—or at the least, promote well-being—is acknowledged in many cultures. But only in the past two decades have the medical and scientific communities joined together in an effort to prove its efficacy — and explore…
By Mike Cerre
When Kev Marcus and Wil B met in a high school music class they shared their desire to disrupt people's impressions of what classical music should be. Together they formed a group called Black Violin, which we featured on the…
A symphony requires all musicians playing their parts in harmony, but the pandemic makes that delicate choreography all the more challenging. Jeffrey Brown talks to maestro Michael Tilson Thomas about that and passing the baton to a younger generation as…
By Jeffrey Brown, James Blue, Tommy Walters
In a musical tribute to COVID victims, Washington state’s Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performed Samuel Barber’s sorrowful “Adagio for Strings” inside a largely empty concert hall and for an audience online.
By Joshua Barajas
By Monika Scislowska, Associated Press
Krzysztof Penderecki, an award-winning conductor and one of the world's most popular contemporary classical music composers whose works have featured in Hollywood films like "The Shining" and "Shutter Island," died Sunday. He was 86.
Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved musicians, is trying to provide comfort in this time of crisis. Ma has been posting videos of himself performing short pieces and encouraging other musicians -- of all levels --…
By Dr. Howard Markel
It is a query that has invited many diagnoses over the last 200 years.
Young musicians in Poland are reviving what they are calling the country’s golden era -- which was cut short by the Nazi invasion and World War II. Dances from the 1930s such as the foxtrot and tango are making a…
By Jeffrey Brown, Anne Azzi Davenport
Gaelynn Lea is transforming our cultural understanding of who can be a musician. A congenital disability called osteogenesis imperfecta caused her bones to break more than 40 times while she was in the womb. But the violinist is known for…
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