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Washington, DC How has opera changed over the last 30 years? NEA Opera Honors recipient Carlisle Floyd has a perhaps surprising theory on why opera has grown over the last three decades. [2:57] Listen to the entire podcast , with Floyd as he discusses the writing of some of his most famous pieces,...
Washington, DC Gerald Wilson conducts the world premiere performance of his composition "Detroit," a piece commissioned for the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Photo by Jeff Forman. NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson doesn?t seem to know his age. For a 92-year-old, he still travels across...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman Frederic Edwin Church's 1861 painting "The Icebergs" was one of the artworks on view during my tour of the Dallas Museum of Art with Bonnie Pitman and the Fullers. Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art I was just in Dallas, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We started...
Washington, DC The annual Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago's Chinatown is just one of the city's many neighborhood festivals. Photo by multisanti via Flickr One of the stops that we made in Chicago on the Art Works Tour (where we were hosted by the MacArthur Foundation) was to the Field Museum?s...
Washington, DC What happens when you start a career on an instrument, become one of the leading performers on it, and then can't play it any more? If you're NEA Jazz Master David Baker, you move on to something new. When he could no longer play trombone due to an accident to his jaw, Baker took up...
Dallas, Texas (l-r) Bruce DuBose, Drew Wall, and Ani Celisa Vera take the stage in Zayd Dorn's Long Way Go Down premiering at the 2010 New Works Festival. Photo by Matt Mrozek Rocco?s in Dallas today, so I thought I?d take a look at one of the projects we support there. Kitchen Dog Theatre (KDT)...
Washington, DC With Rocco visiting Dallas, Texas, tomorrow, we thought we would visit the Dallas-based not-for-profit organization Documentary Arts . Founded by Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts has been championing the folk and traditional arts for more than 25 years. Govenar has been involved with...
Washington, DC Gay Hanna (center) at the National Center for Creative Aging's garden symposium with Cynthia Brown of Green Spring Gardens in Annandale, Virginia, and event photographer Ray Fitzgerald. Photo courtesy of National Center for Creative Aging. This time of year, when the hydrangea bloom...
Washington, DC "Oscar Peterson plays piano, Munich 1977" by Hans Bernhard (via Wikimedia Commons ) The great Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson (1925?2007) was one of the most remarkable jazz pianists of all times---and a remarkable human being. Jazz knows no borders and so he collaborated with many...
Washington, DC Tuulirjuaq (Great Big Loon) by Mayoreak Ashoona, one of the artists featured in the upcoming exhibit Nipirasait: Many Voices (Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC ©Dorset Fine Arts Rocco's headed north---way north---to visit with the director of...

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