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Joan of Arc

Reflections on Joan of Arc’s Preeminent Album, ‘The Gap,’ 16 Years On >>

Nearly 16 years since its release, experimental indie outfit Joan of Arc's album 'The Gap' stands the test of time. The band perfected their progressive merging of acoustic instruments with then-burgeoning advancements in recording technology, resulting in their magnum opus.

Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with ‘Legacy’ Special on PBS >>

Irish vocal group and stage show Celtic Thunder's recent "Legacy" tour has mesmerized thousands worldwide. Today, St. Patrick's Day, you can experience that same thrill and wonder in your own home. WETA-TV will air 'Celtic Thunder: Legacy' tonight at 9:30 p.m. EDT.

Elias String Quartet

Elias String Quartet Pursues Beethoven’s Complete String Quartets >>

London-based chamber music ensemble the Elias String Quartet began their multi-year endeavor of performing all of Beethoven’s string quartets in 2011, dubbing the undertaking ‘The Beethoven Project’.

Frank Zappa ca. 1969

Definitive Frank Zappa Documentary by Alex Winter on the Horizon >>

Filmmaker Alex Winter has taken to Kickstarter to fund the definitive documentary on prodigious performer Frank Zappa. Granted unprecedented access to Zappa's archives, the director hopes to document the idiosyncratic icon for future generations.

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright Celebrates 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death with Sonnets Album >>

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright marks 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this spring with an album of the Bard’s sonnets. Deutsche Grammophon releases the collection this April, which features a star-studded cast of guests like William Shatner, Florence Welch and Helena Bonham Carter.

Pink Martini

Pink Martini to Perform at Chicago Symphony Center for Spring Fling >>

The eclectic "little orchestra" Pink Martini will return to Chicago on March 25 to play the Symphony Center for a "Spring Fling" event sure to please jazz and pop fans of all ages.

Marin Alsop

Is Classical Music Sensitive to Gender Bias and Wage Gap Issues? >>

Female composers, musicians and producers have undoubtedly made an enormous impact in the classical music world. However, do the gender bias and wage gap issues abundant in society at large also permeate the classical music community?

Peter Davies

Peter Maxwell Davies, Former Master of the Queen's Music, Dies Aged 81 >>

English composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies died on Monday at 81. The prolific musician was formerly a conductor with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and "Master of the Queen's Music."

Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder Invokes Shooter Jennings Tribute Album >>

Pioneering electronic music producer Giorgio Moroder’s influence can be heard throughout the musical landscape. Many new listeners were introduced to the performer by Daft Punk’s 2013 collaboration, “Giorgio by Moroder.” That impenetrable artistic impact stretches even further this year, as country music artist Shooter Jennings releases ‘Countach (For Giorgio)’, a full-album tribute to Moroder.

George Martin

Beatles' Producer Sir George Martin's Classical Influence >>

Famed record producer and legendary "Fifth Beatle" George Martin died last Tuesday, March 8th. Among the many remembrances of the musical icon, it's easy to gloss over the greatness of Martin's classical arrangement and composition work.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant Headlining Brevard Music Center Celebration >>

Singer Amy Grant will be celebrating Brevard Music Center's 80th anniversary with a June 25th concert at their Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium in Brevard, North Carolina. The upcoming production promises to showcase an exhilarating appearance from the platinum-selling "Queen of Christian Pop."

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli Adds More Concerts in U.S. This Year >>

Celebrated Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli recently announced a run of performances in the U.S. later this year. The upcoming concert dates come on the heels of the singer’s 2015 album, 'Cinema', a collection of classic movie soundtrack and film score interpretations.

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