Beneath its staid surface, Washington, D.C.’s musical heartbeat has been constant and influential. Musician and journalist Ken Avis surveys the artists who created the city’s musical heritage, in forms from the blues to jazz to punk and beyond.
There’s no more iconic holiday performance in New York than Radio City Music Hall’s famed Christmas Spectacular. And there’s no better way to see the precision dancing of the Rockettes than from prime orchestra seats in the fabulous art deco theater where the show has been a tradition since 1933. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall adds to the experience.
Shakespeare created worlds out of words that have informed and shaped our language and culture for more than 400 years. Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger examines how his histories, tragedies, and comedies so insightfully capture the full spectrum of the human condition.
Though they shared a birth year, a native country, and dominance of their era’s musical world, Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederic Handel never met. Saul Lilienstein brings them together in a six-part series that explores their creative genius and their legacies.
In his acclaimed What Makes It Great? series, beloved educator and former NPR music commentator Rob Kapilow explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience. This program features Mendelssohn's Octet.