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    London’s Radio Pirates Changed Music. Then Came the Internet.

    London’s Radio Pirates Changed Music. Then Came the Internet.


    DM Cut, left, and I-One, part of the Future Thinkin crew broadcasting at the Kool London studios, in London, on Monday. Kool launched as a pirate radio station in 1991, but is now focused on broadcasting online, one of its founders...

    Renegade broadcasters fostered styles from rave to grime. But competition from online and community FM stations means pirate radio is dying out.
    House Once Owned by John and Alice Coltrane Named National Treasure

    House Once Owned by John and Alice Coltrane Named National Treasure


    John Coltrane lived in the home between 1964 and his death in 1967, and Alice Coltrane lived there until the early...

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation will assist with renovation and other efforts at the house in Huntington, N.Y., where the musicians lived and worked.
    An Italian Festival Presents Verdi on His Own Turf

    An Italian Festival Presents Verdi on His Own Turf


    Robert Wilson brings his trademark style to “Le Trouvère,” one of the rarely performed incarnations of well-known works staged at the Festival Verdi Parma this...

    The Festival Verdi Parma has led a sleepy existence for most of its 18 years. But now it demands attention.
    Critic’s Notebook: In ‘A Star Is Born,’ Lady Gaga Pits Pop Against Authenticity

    Critic’s Notebook: In ‘A Star Is Born,’ Lady Gaga Pits Pop Against Authenticity


    In “A Star Is Born,” the music made by Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) is seen as more authentic than that made by Ally (Lady Gaga). On the soundtrack, however, she gets all of the better...

    The movie reflects a battle that’s played out in her own career, between the perceived ephemerality of pop and the assumed durability of “real” music.
    Taylor Swift, Apolitical No More, Endorses Democratic Candidates in Tennessee

    Taylor Swift, Apolitical No More, Endorses Democratic Candidates in Tennessee


    Taylor Swift endorsed two Democratic candidates on Sunday, writing, “I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they...

    In an Instagram post on Sunday, the pop music titan broke her political silence and explained why she planned to vote for two Democrats in the midterm election.
    Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone Trailblazer, Dies at 78

    Hamiet Bluiett, Baritone Saxophone Trailblazer, Dies at 78


    Hamiet Bluiett, left, and Fred Hopkins performing at St. Peters Church in...

    Mr. Bluiett, a charter member of the World Saxophone Quartet and a leading light of the jazz avant-garde, expanded the possibilities of his instrument.
    Review: Jonas Kaufmann Dials Up the Swoon Factor

    Review: Jonas Kaufmann Dials Up the Swoon Factor


    Jonas Kaufmann, left, performing at Carnegie Hall on Friday night with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, directed by Jochen Rieder,...

    At Carnegie Hall on Friday, the tenor brought to life a moment just before popular music forked off from the classical tradition.
    Critic’s Notebook: A Rare Side-by-Side of a Thrilling Stravinsky

    Critic’s Notebook: A Rare Side-by-Side of a Thrilling Stravinsky


    Leonidas Kavakos performing Stravinsky’s 1931 Violin Concerto at Carnegie Hall, with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco...

    Both the San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic performed the 1931 Violin Concerto this week, as Carnegie Hall began its season.
    Review: A Sublime New Direction for Andrew Norman in Los Angeles

    Review: A Sublime New Direction for Andrew Norman in Los Angeles


    Gustavo Dudamel, right, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s performance of Andrew Norman’s “Sustain” on Saturday...

    Saturday night’s performance of Mr. Norman’s “Sustain” by the Los Angeles Philharmonic showed off a thorough inversion of the composer’s established style.
    Imagine Burning Man Without the Tech Crowd

    Imagine Burning Man Without the Tech Crowd


    Gabrien Warren, 10, (left) who drew a crowd as a tap-dancing unicorn in a sequin dress. At right, a performace as the Oregon Country...

    At the Oregon Country Fair, a three-day summer festival in Veneta, Ore., “people in society that can’t do what they want to do can do it here.”
    Mandy Patinkin Has Found a ‘New Life Partner in Music’

    Mandy Patinkin Has Found a ‘New Life Partner in Music’


    “I’m not the gifted genius who writes the songs,” Mandy Patinkin said. “I’m the mailman, delivering the...

    With “Homeland” about to end, he’s released his first new albums in more than a decade, with a young pop-minded producer pushing him to take risks.
    6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

    6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend


    Louis Andriessen will be the focus of Sunday afternoon’s installment of the Philharmonic’s Sound On series at the Appel...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
    Hilary Hahn Returns to Bach, 21 Years Older. And Maybe Wiser.

    Hilary Hahn Returns to Bach, 21 Years Older. And Maybe Wiser.


    The violinist Hilary Hahn has come back to Bach for her latest album, two decades after she made her recording debut with his solo...

    In 1997, the violinist made an audacious debut with an album of Bach sonatas and partitas. Now she's back with the rest.
    Beyond ‘Rent’: 4 Glimpses of the Unheard Jonathan Larson

    Beyond ‘Rent’: 4 Glimpses of the Unheard Jonathan Larson


    From left, Andy Mientus, Krysta Rodriguez, Nick Blaemire and Lauren Marcus rehearse for the “Jonathan Larson Project”...

    A series of New York concerts will bring to life songs from the composer’s catalog, some from unseen shows, several of them eerily prescient.
    A Wild Country Party in Australia Proves a Balm for Rural Loneliness

    A Wild Country Party in Australia Proves a Balm for Rural Loneliness


    A competitor in his “ute” waiting to take part in a so-called circle work competition at the Deni Ute Muster festival in Deniliquin, Australia, last...

    It’s been called the most debauched outdoor party in Australia. But behind the drunken antics at the Deni Ute Muster, a network of friendship is lifting awareness of mental health issues.
    Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham, Who Inspired a Hit Song, Dies at 78

    Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham, Who Inspired a Hit Song, Dies at 78


    Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham, who lent her name to the Buddy Holly hit “Peggy Sue,” with copies of her memoir, “Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue?” in Tyler, Tex., in...

    The girlfriend of Buddy Holly’s drummer in the Crickets, she was the “pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty Peggy Sue” immortalized in a 1957 rock ’n’ roll record.
    A Composer Follows His Masterpiece by Aiming for the Cosmos

    A Composer Follows His Masterpiece by Aiming for the Cosmos


    Andrew Norman, whose new symphony-length work "Sustain" will have its premiere on Thursday to open the Los Angeles Philharmonic's centennial...

    Andrew Norman’s symphony-length “Sustain” will have its high-profile premiere in a concert to open the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s centennial season.
    Geoff Emerick, 72, Dies; Recorded the Beatles in Their Prime

    Geoff Emerick, 72, Dies; Recorded the Beatles in Their Prime


    Geoff Emerick, right, in Abbey Road Studios with George Martin, the Beatles’ producer. Mr. Emerick engineered the Beatles’ albums beginning with “Revolver” in...

    A Grammy Award-winning engineer, he played a key role in the making of “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and other important albums.
    Album Review: Lil Wayne Becomes an Elder, While Logic Grows Up

    Album Review: Lil Wayne Becomes an Elder, While Logic Grows Up


    Lil Wayne’s long-delayed “Tha Carter V” dispenses with years of career limbo by reasserting his...

    “Tha Carter V” lets Lil Wayne reassert his strengths and “YSIV” shows Logic is finding effective ways to insert himself into the traditions he admires.
    In the Cradle of Hip-Hop, a South Bronx Gallery Bridges a Gap

    In the Cradle of Hip-Hop, a South Bronx Gallery Bridges a Gap


    Free Richardson, founder of The Compound gallery in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, with Jonathan Mannion’s portraits of, from left, the LOX, Trick Daddy, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Kanye West and...

    Free Richardson and Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, open an art gallery focusing on underrepresented artists with a hip-hop flavor.
    Tina Turner Musical to Open on Broadway Next Fall

    Tina Turner Musical to Open on Broadway Next Fall


    Adrienne Warren as the title character in the London production of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” which is Broadway...

    “Tina,” which is running in London and will open in Germany in the spring, will have a Broadway production in the fall of 2019.
    Critic’s Notebook: After 350 Years, Paris Still Defines Opera

    Critic’s Notebook: After 350 Years, Paris Still Defines Opera


    Meyerbeer’s long-ignored “Les Huguenots” is a highlight of the Opéra’s 350th anniversary: Ermonela Jaho (Valentine), front, with Paul Gay (the Comte de Saint-Bris) holding her and Florian Sempey (the Comte de Nevers),...

    The Opéra National de Paris begins a big birthday season with “Les Huguenots” and “Bérénice,” two takes on past glories of French culture.
    Maestro of the Influential Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to Step Down

    Maestro of the Influential Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra to Step Down


    The conductor Nicholas McGegan leading the Orchestra of St. Lukes in 2013. For the past three decades he has led the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and will step down from his post in...

    An interview with the conductor Nicholas McGegan, who has spent the past three decades making the West Coast a period-instrument power.