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    20 Years of Jazz Concerts, Heading to Harlem

    20 Years of Jazz Concerts, Heading to Harlem


    Wynton Marsalis, as featured in the Jazz and Blues Art Box DVDs. Visitors to the Schomburg Center will be able to watch the videos on either a desktop screen or a wall-mounted...

    The Jazz and Blues Art Box collection, with 230 concerts and 96 interviews from the Bern jazz festival, is a gift to the Schomburg Center, a New York library branch.
    Prince’s Overdose Death Results in No Criminal Charges

    Prince’s Overdose Death Results in No Criminal Charges


    Prince in Paris in 2009. In dealing with chronic hip pain, he apparently became addicted to painkillers and died of an overdose in...

    The authorities in Minnesota said that no one would be prosecuted in the musician’s 2016 death from a fentanyl overdose, though a doctor will pay a civil settlement.
    The Underworld Will Stop in London en Route to Broadway

    The Underworld Will Stop in London en Route to Broadway


    Amber Gray and the cast of “Hadestown” in a production last year at the Citadel Theater in Edmonton,...

    The musical “Hadestown,” a new take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, will open on Broadway after a run at the National Theater in London.
    Review: France Once Fought Over This Opera. Juilliard Shows Us Why.

    Review: France Once Fought Over This Opera. Juilliard Shows Us Why.


    Alex Rosen, in white, as Thésée in Rameau’s “Hippolyte et Aricie” at the Juilliard School, with three Fates in the underworld (from left: Charles Sy, Andrew Munn and Xiaomeng...

    The Juilliard School is presenting a rare, ambitious and impressive production of Rameau’s French Baroque classic “Hippolyte et Aricie.”
    Fury in Germany as Rap Duo With Anti-Jewish Lyrics Gets Award

    Fury in Germany as Rap Duo With Anti-Jewish Lyrics Gets Award


    The rappers Farid Bang, left, and Kollegah receiving the award for best hip-hop album at Germany’s Echo Music Awards. The prize for the album, which contains lyrics referring to the Holocaust and Auschwitz, has set off an uproar in...

    The prize set off a debate about anti-Semitism in Germany’s hugely popular hip-hop music scene, and among young people.
    Browsing: How to Be a Rebel Rebel

    Browsing: How to Be a Rebel Rebel


    See the “David Bowie Is” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, then let fashion’s perennial muse inspire...

    See the “David Bowie Is” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, then let fashion’s perennial muse inspire you.
    Old Crow Medicine Show Looks to the Future While Picking at the Past

    Old Crow Medicine Show Looks to the Future While Picking at the Past


    Old Crow Medicine Show, clockwise from front: Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahnig, Critter Fuqua, Cory Younts, Joe Andrews and Chance McCoy. The band’s new album, “Volunteer,” is its first record of original material for a major...

    Two decades into its career, America’s best-known old-time string band is releasing a new album on a major label. But it’s not letting go of its old-time bona fides.
    Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles to Host Tony Awards

    Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles to Host Tony Awards


    Sara Bareilles as Mary in “Jesus Christ Superstar” live on NBC. She announced Wednesday that she would be cohosting the...

    The two, who recently made their own Broadway debuts, will host the ceremony on June 10; much of it will be broadcast on CBS.
    SummerStage Will Celebrate Hip-Hop’s Past

    SummerStage Will Celebrate Hip-Hop’s Past


    Talib Kweli performs at a Prince tribute at Carnegie Hall in...

    The free concert series will include performances by Big Daddy Kane and Talib Kweli, as well as Rhiannon Giddens and Met Opera singers.
    Seeking Orchestras in Tune With Their Diverse Communities

    Seeking Orchestras in Tune With Their Diverse Communities


    The cellist Patrice Jackson performing in 2002 in an annual competition for young black and Latino string players organized by the Sphinx...

    Symphonies are among America’s least racially diverse institutions. A new program aims to help musicians of color land orchestra jobs.
    Inch by Inch, an Operatic Jewel Is Polished

    Inch by Inch, an Operatic Jewel Is Polished


    The intimate yet dazzling Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany, built in 1748, reopens after a six-year...

    The intimate yet dazzling Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth, Germany, built in 1748, reopens after a six-year renovation.
    Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator, Is Dead at 81

    Nathan Davis, Jazz Saxophonist and Educator, Is Dead at 81


    The saxophonist Nathan Davis, who founded the jazz studies program at the University of Pittsburgh, in an undated...

    The founding director of the University of Pittsburgh’s jazz studies program, he helped establish a place for African-American music in the academy.
    Ronald Dunbar, 78, Producer and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies

    Ronald Dunbar, 78, Producer and Grammy-Winning Songwriter, Dies


    Ron Dunbar, who worked with Berry Gordy, George Clinton and the songwriting and producing team Holland-Dozier-Holland, in an undated family...

    Mr. Dunbar was credited for soul hits like “Band of Gold,” “Give Me Just a Little More Time” and “Patches,” which became a hit for Clarence Carter.
    Seattle Radio Station KEXP Celebrates a $10 Million Gift

    Seattle Radio Station KEXP Celebrates a $10 Million Gift


    The Seattle radio station KEXP has received a bequest of just under $10 million from a donor known as...

    The donation, by a loyal listener known as Suzanne who died in 2016, will allow the broadcaster to create an endowment and expand workshops for musicians.
    Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss

    Kendrick Lamar Shakes Up the Pulitzer Game: Let’s Discuss


    Kendrick Lamar is the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music who is not a classical or jazz...

    The rapper’s win for “DAMN.” is overdue recognition for hip-hop but raises concerns about the shrinking number of platforms for noncommercial work.
    Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer in ‘Big Moment for Hip-Hop’

    Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer in ‘Big Moment for Hip-Hop’


    Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer for “DAMN.” makes him the first nonclassical or jazz musician to receive the prize since the awards expanded to music in...

    The honor, for the album “DAMN.,” makes the rapper the first nonclassical or jazz musician to receive the honor since the awards expanded to music in 1943.
    Philadelphia Prosecutor Supports New Trial for Meek Mill

    Philadelphia Prosecutor Supports New Trial for Meek Mill


    Protesters rallied in front of a courthouse during a hearing for the rapper Meek Mill in Philadelphia on...

    The Philadelphia district attorney’s office said the rapper’s conviction should be vacated, but a judge wouldn’t hear arguments to release him on bail.
    Cardi B Becomes the Fifth Female Rapper With a No. 1 Album

    Cardi B Becomes the Fifth Female Rapper With a No. 1 Album


    Cardi B’s first album, “Invasion of Privacy,” opened at the top of the Billboard chart with the equivalent of 255,000...

    Her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” opened at the top of the Billboard chart with the equivalent of 255,000 sales.
    Review: Beyoncé Is Bigger Than Coachella

    Review: Beyoncé Is Bigger Than Coachella


    Beyoncé‘s headlining performance at Coachella, one year after it was originally scheduled. Force and determination were evident throughout the two-hour...

    In a performance that reinvented the festival set, the pop star commanded the stage for nearly two hours, teaching history and sweating the details.
    Conchita Wurst, Threatened With Blackmail, Reveals H.I.V. Status

    Conchita Wurst, Threatened With Blackmail, Reveals H.I.V. Status


    Thomas Neuwirth, who performs in drag as Conchita Wurst, said in a statement on Instagram that he has...

    The performer, who won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest while performing in drag, and whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth, said a former boyfriend had threatened to reveal the diagnosis.
    Hot Jazz in a Veterans Club Basement in Harlem

    Hot Jazz in a Veterans Club Basement in Harlem


    “Seleno brought people together with his music,” said David Lee Jones, 59, pictured above, of Seleno Clarke, the founder of Harlem Groove Band who died in December. “We want to keep that going. We want to keep jazz going here in...

    Musicians and fans mourned the death last winter of Seleno Clarke, a jazz organist who founded the Harlem Groove Band. But the group’s Sunday concerts are still very much happening.
    Review: The Stepchild of Cinderella Operas Finally Makes It to the Met

    Review: The Stepchild of Cinderella Operas Finally Makes It to the Met


    Joyce DiDonato, Massenet’s Cendrillon at the Metropolitan Opera, heading to the prince’s ball in a coach (made of the letters of the French word for coach) in a new production that runs through May...

    Massenet’s “Cendrillon,” from 1899, opened at the Metropolitan Opera in a delightful production starring the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.
    F.Y.I.: How Do You Change the Light Bulbs in Carnegie Hall?

    F.Y.I.: How Do You Change the Light Bulbs in Carnegie Hall?


    The 128-bulb light fixture on the ceiling of Isaac Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall, where the pianist Stephen Hough recently...

    There are 128 bulbs in the ceiling of Isaac Stern Auditorium, 83 feet above orchestra level. How do you get up there?
    Review: Jonas Kaufmann Takes a Big Step Toward ‘Tristan’

    Review: Jonas Kaufmann Takes a Big Step Toward ‘Tristan’


    The tenor Jonas Kaufmann, left, trying out a substantial chunk of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at Carnegie Hall with Andris Nelsons, right, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday at Carnegie...

    The star tenor sang a substantial excerpt from Wagner’s opera for the first time with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
    Britney Spears and Jim Parsons Among Top Honorees at Glaad Awards

    Britney Spears and Jim Parsons Among Top Honorees at Glaad Awards


    Britney Spears, at the Glaad Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. She received the Vanguard Award, for an entertainer who has gone above and beyond to promote...

    The awards ceremony, now in its 29th year, honors media efforts to fairly and accurately represent members of the L.G.B.T. community.
    An Opera Worth Fighting Over

    An Opera Worth Fighting Over


    Listen to Rameau’s rarely performed “Hippolyte et...

    Listen to Rameau’s rarely performed “Hippolyte et Aricie”
    Brothers Osborne Want to Bring Guitar Heroes Back to Nashville

    Brothers Osborne Want to Bring Guitar Heroes Back to Nashville


    T.J. and John Osborne have been carving out their own path in Nashville, focusing on rock-oriented music that’s shaggier than the sounds dominating country...

    T.J. and John Osborne once faced opposition swimming against the “bro country” tide. Now their brand of rock-oriented country is finding a wider audience.
    8 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend

    8 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend


    One of the finest duos in lieder, Mark Padmore (center right) and Paul Lewis, will perform at Alice Tully Hall on April...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.