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Review: After 36 Years, a Malcolm X Opera Sings to the Future

DETROIT — “When a man is lost,” sings Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, “does the sky bleed for him, or…

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José Luis Cortés, Trailblazing Cuban Bandleader, Dies at 70

José Luis Cortés, a Cuban musician who with his popular band, NG La Banda, helped establish the lively genre of…

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Classical Music Doesn’t Have to Be Ugly to Be Good

In the early 1990s, I was in a chorus assigned to sing a contemporary classical piece that was, in a…

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Stream These Three Great Documentaries

The proliferation of documentaries on streaming services makes it difficult to choose what to watch. Each month, we’ll choose three…

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Sid Mark, Disc Jockey Devoted to Sinatra for Six Decades, Dies at 88

Sid Mark, a longtime disc jockey in Philadelphia who made Frank Sinatra’s songs the center of his musical universe for…

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Calling for Peace, Ukrainian Musicians Unite for a World Tour

The Russian invasion has devastated cultural life in Ukraine, forcing renowned musical ensembles to disband and leading to an exodus…

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How Arcade Fire Found a Way Back

There are a few indicators that Win Butler, the singer and guitarist who fronts the rock band Arcade Fire, might…

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‘Great Comet’ Producer Hasn’t Paid Royalties, Composer Says

The creator of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” says the show’s producer has refused to fully compensate…

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The Multifaceted Mingus

Charles Mingus was everything all at once: jazz, folk, dance, theater, label owner, brave Black man. In an era where…

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Ambient Music Isn’t a Backdrop. It’s an Invitation to Suspend Time.

When I heard the news that my mother had suffered a stroke, the feeling that surfaced wasn’t despair, but an…

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