Jnennifer Pickering

Photo courtesy of LEAF

Founder and director of LEAF Community Arts

For Jennifer Pickering, all art is both local and global and LEAF is that philosophy in action.

Founder and Editor of Highway

How a writer created the music magazine he wanted to read.

President and CEO of New World Symphony

Reimagining the presentation of classical music.


Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn headshots

Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn
Artistic Directors of Squonk Opera

Find out about the artistic exuberance that is Squonk Opera


Wayne Henderson

Photo by Tom Pich

Wayne Henderson on his distinctive guitars and his distinctive sound.

Meet a woman who crawled under barbed wire to get on a professional stage.


Headshot of Donal Sanders

Photo by Andrew H. Walker

The joys of erasing the barriers

Ensemble for the Romantic Century blends chamber music with fully staged dramas and changes both theater and concerts in the process.

Oud-player, composer, and 2015 National Heritage Fellow

Speaking the universal language of music.


Carla Bley

Photo by D. D. Rider

Writing for big bands, choirs, and small ensembles, Carla Bley remains a graceful and innovative voice for progressive jazz.