Linda Murray

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Artistic Director, Solas Nua, Washington, DC

Linda Murray talks about her organization Solas Nua, the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts. [29:01]


John Williams

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Composer and conductor

2009 National Medal of Arts recipient, composer John Williams discusses the art of scoring films. [27:51]


Ron Carter

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NEA Jazz Master

NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter, bassist/cellist/educator extraordinaire, talks about his career playing jazz and classical music. [25:21]


Dan Morgenstern

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NEA Jazz Master

Dan Morgenstern, recipient of the 2007 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, discusses the 2011 class of NEA Jazz Masters. [27:27]


Sebastian Ruth

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Founder, Community MusicWorks, Providence, RI

2010 MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth talks about the community-based arts organization he founded, Community MusicWorks, which won a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for its teaching, mentoring, and performing activities with urban youth in Providence, Rhode Island. [27:11]


Chuck Brown

Photo by Ameen Howrani

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Musician Chuck Brown talks about his career, from honing his chops in prison in Lorton, Virginia, to developing his own musical genre in DC: go-go music. [28:49]


Mike Rafferty

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NEA National Heritage Fellow

Mike Rafferty talks about growing up in East Galway, Ireland, and learning flute playing from his father, as well as coming to America and eventually returning to Irish music in his 50s as both a performer and teacher. [26:37]


Del McCoury

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NEA National Heritage Fellow

Bluegrass legend Del McCoury discusses his 50-year career, from joining Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1960s to multiple appearances at the Bonnaroo music and arts festival in the 2000s. [26:32]


Everett McCorvey

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Founder/Musical Director, American Spiritual Ensemble

Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey talks about how he was drawn into the music, how he helped build the opera program at University of Kentucky, and the difference between spirituals and gospel, among other topics.  [26:17]


Duke Ellington

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Jazz Musician, Composer, Bandleader

A look at the Washington, DC roots of Duke Ellington and their impact on his development as a musician and composer.  [8:40]