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Washington, DC The NEA Opera Honors recognized its third class of honorees on Friday October 22 in Washington, DC. Soprano Martina Arroyo, general director David DiChiera, composer Philip Glass, and music director Eve Queler were acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to opera in America...
Washington, DC Most people don't see prison as an opportunity to develop their career. Of course most people don't go on to develop their own genre of music either. That's because most people aren't Chuck Brown, the "godfather of go-go music." Brown talked to us about his...
New York City, New York Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera, in the HD truck. Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Today we're talking with Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, about why you don't need to be in New York City to attend a performance...
Audiences lucky enough to catch the Kronos Quartet in concert might expect to feel any number of emotions -- excitement at the group's virtuosity, intrigue at the eclectic musical sources...
Washington, DC Composer John Adams at the 2009 NEA Opera Honors celebration. Photo by Henry Grossman In 2009 composer John Adams was honored in our second class of NEA Opera Honorees. More than 20 years earlier, having just written his first opera, Nixon in China , Adams contributed an essay to an...
Washington, DC Martina Arroyo's career is so dramatic it could be an opera. Growing up in Harlem, she first worked as a teacher and social worker before auditioning at the Metropolitan Opera (unsuccessfully the first time; winning the radio competition the second). Her big break was replacing...
Washington, DC Gabriela Lena Frank. Photo by Shelley Justis Composer Gabriela Lena Frank gave the world premiere of her new work Hilos with the ALIAS Chamber Ensemble at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music in Nashville on Friday, Oct. 1. The concert was the culmination of Mestiza...
Washington, DC Afro-Cuban drumming, Bharatanatyam Indian dancing, and Bluegrass music are just a few of the folk and traditional arts that will take center stage in our live webcast of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert tonight, September 24, from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm EDT. Emceed by American...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
Washington, DC Hays Holladay (left) and his older brother Ryan collectively form the duo Bluebrain. Photo by NEA staff Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, who collectively form the musical duo Bluebrain , grew up in Arlington, Virginia. After stints in New York and Seattle, the brothers returned to DC...

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