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    Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out

    Jann Wenner and His Biographer Have a Falling Out


    Jann Wenner, shown here in 1970, persuaded the journalist Joe Hagan to write his biography in...

    The Rolling Stone founder seemed to enjoy opening up his life to Joe Hagan. Now that the book is about to come out, they are no longer speaking.
    Hear the Martha Argerich Recordings That Inspired 8 Young Pianists

    Hear the Martha Argerich Recordings That Inspired 8 Young Pianists


    Martha Argerich in 1971. The elusive Argentine pianist will return to Carnegie Hall on Oct. 20 for the first time in over a...

    Daniil Trifonov, Khatia Buniatishvili and more talented pianists (and one harpsichordist) share their favorite albums by the great Argentine musician.
    Listen to Bach, Transformed for String Quartet

    Listen to Bach, Transformed for String Quartet


    The members of the Borromeo String Quartet, from left, Kristopher Tong, Yeesun Kim, Mai Motobuchi and Nicholas...

    The Borromeo Quartet will perform selections from its transcription of Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier” on Friday at Carnegie Hall.
    The Gay Architects of Classic Rock

    The Gay Architects of Classic Rock


    The Beatles with their manager Brian Epstein, right, in October...

    Who created that gorgeous 20th-century creature, the rock star? Consider the gay image makers of the day, like Brian Epstein and Jann Wenner.
    Gord Downie, a Canadian Rock Legend, Sings Goodbye

    Gord Downie, a Canadian Rock Legend, Sings Goodbye


    The singer and songwriter Gord Downie in 2016. After learning he had terminal brain cancer, he went on a final tour with his band, the Tragically Hip, and recorded a last solo...

    Inside the making of “Introduce Yerself,” the intimate new solo album that the Tragically Hip frontman made before his death this week.
    A Monteverdi Master Returns to His Roots With a Rare Trilogy

    A Monteverdi Master Returns to His Roots With a Rare Trilogy


    John Eliot Gardiner in Chicago, where he was conducting Monteverdi’s three surviving operas before bringing them to New...

    John Eliot Gardiner, who founded his Monteverdi Choir in 1964, opens Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival with the composer’s three surviving operas.

    French Magazine Draws Outrage for Putting Convicted Killer on Its Cover


    The music weekly Les Inrockuptibles featured Bertrand Cantat, who was jailed for fatally beating his partner in 2003, on the front of its latest...

    The music weekly Les Inrockuptibles featured Bertrand Cantat, who was jailed for fatally beating his partner in 2003, on the front of its latest issue.
    A 100-Car Army of Sound in Los Angeles

    A 100-Car Army of Sound in Los Angeles


    A new composition by Ryoji Ikeda created a wash of sound — car stereos blaring variations on the note A — as part of the Red Bull Music Academy...

    A new composition by Ryoji Ikeda created a wash of sound — car stereos blaring variations on the note A — as part of the Red Bull Music Academy festival.

    Stephen Sondheim | "I'm Still Here"


    The song from his 1971 musical, “Follies,” as sung by campers from the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New...

    The song from his 1971 musical, “Follies,” as sung by campers from the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in upstate New York.

    Stephen Sondheim | "Broadway Baby"


    The song from his 1971 musical “Follies,” as sung by employees of The New York...

    The song from his 1971 musical “Follies,” as sung by employees of The New York Times.
    The Rapper NF Tops the Chart With ‘Perception’

    The Rapper NF Tops the Chart With ‘Perception’


    Nathan Feuerstein, a.k.a. NF, performing in 2015. His album “Perception” (Caroline) opened at the top of the latest Billboard album...

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Greatest Hits” holds at No. 2 and Lil Pump opened at No. 3 with his self-titled album.
    William Eggleston, at 78, in a New Key

    William Eggleston, at 78, in a New Key


    When Mr. Eggleston played piano for “Nature Boy” on Big Star’s third album, back in the late 1970s, “he seemed like an old soul,” the band’s drummer, Jody Stephens,...

    “I’m making it up as I go,” the photographer said of his keyboard playing on “Musik,” his first album.
    Jackie Shane, a Transgender Soul Pioneer, Re-emerges After Four Decades

    Jackie Shane, a Transgender Soul Pioneer, Re-emerges After Four Decades


    The soul singer Jackie Shane captivated audiences in the 1960s, then vanished from public life in 1971. A Numero Group boxed set is introducing her to a new...

    Her electric performances in the 1960s made her an elusive cult heroine. A Numero Group boxed set unravels her true story for the first time.
    Encounters: Waiting for Bruce

    Encounters: Waiting for Bruce


    Bruce Springsteen leaving the Walter Kerr Theater with his wife, Patti Scialfa, after his opening night debut on...

    Bruce Springsteen has a triumphant night for his Broadway debut, but leaves his fans at the Hard Rock Cafe to party on their own.
    Woman Who Accused Nelly of Rape Wants to Drop Case

    Woman Who Accused Nelly of Rape Wants to Drop Case


    The rapper Nelly. The woman who accused him of rape last weekend wants to “put a halt to the criminal investigation,” according to her...

    The accuser’s lawyer said, “She wishes she had not called 911 because she believes the system is going to fail her.” Nelly’s lawyer said he may seek a public apology.
    Review: Leif Ove Andsnes Blazes Out a Rachmaninoff Rarity

    Review: Leif Ove Andsnes Blazes Out a Rachmaninoff Rarity


    The pianist Leif Ove Andsnes playing Rachmaninoff with the New York Philharmonic and Paavo...

    The pianist, starting a residency with the New York Philharmonic, played the seldom-heard Fourth Piano Concerto with the conductor Paavo Jarvi.
    Who’s Afraid of ‘Goldberg Variations’? Not This Choreographer.

    Who’s Afraid of ‘Goldberg Variations’? Not This Choreographer.


    The pianist Simone Dinnerstein, left, with the choreographer Pam Tanowitz; they are collaborating on “New Work for Goldberg...

    The music may be intimidating, but Pam Tanowitz, collaborating with the pianist Simone Dinnerstein, found freedom in its formal structure.
    Classical Music in NYC This Week

    Classical Music in NYC This Week


    Alisa Weilerstein in her dressing room at the Symphony Hall in Boston in March. See listing...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
    Vincent La Selva, Dauntless Founder of New York Grand Opera, Dies at 88

    Vincent La Selva, Dauntless Founder of New York Grand Opera, Dies at 88


    Vincent La Selva, conductor of the New York Grand Opera, in his office in New York in July 2001, when the company was performing 28 operas by Guiseppe Verdi at SummerStage in Central Park on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Verdi’s...

    Mr. La Selva’s loftily named troupe, though intended as a people’s opera company, brought masterworks to Carnegie Hall as well as Central Park.
    Margo Price, Nashville Outsider, Tells It Like It Really Is

    Margo Price, Nashville Outsider, Tells It Like It Really Is


    Margo Price has mined hardship in her personal and professional life for creative inspiration. “The struggle is who I am,” she...

    The singer and songwriter, who isn’t afraid to brush up against the country music establishment, is releasing a new album that draws on her lifetime of struggle.