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The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

One of the most celebrated voices of her generation talks about her new autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing! The opera star journeyed from the segregated South to a divided Berlin and beyond.

Hear Hans Zimmer's Bid For The Next Great Screen Composer

The mind behind the music of Inception, Gladiator and more says he was looking for someone who would take his prompt and "ignore it as much as possible." He and the winner joined NPR's Rachel Martin.

Alt Latino Spring Cleaning: Cover Songs From The Mailbox

NPR's Rachel Martin chats with Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's AltLatino. This week they tackle cover songs.

Sonny Rollins: 'You Can't Think And Play At The Same Time'

"Jazz improvisation is supposed to be the highest form of communication," says the 83-year-old sax legend, who is about to release the third volume in his prized Road Shows series.

Sri Lankan Opera Singer Followed Her Dream To American Stage

A Sri Lankan soprano is shattering stereotypes. Tharanga Goonetilleke tells NPR's Scott Simon about being an opera singer and the first Sri Lankan woman accepted to The Juilliard School.

Connections On A Dance Floor: The Musical Brotherhood Of Young Fathers

The Scottish trio makes music unbound to any one genre, with songs reflecting very different backgrounds. The group discusses friendship, influence and what it takes to make the cool kids dance.

Review: Drummer Billy Hart's 'One Is The Other'

Hart has recorded hundreds of albums, backing, among many others, pianist Herbie Hancock. But he sometimes records under his own name too, especially now that he has a well-seasoned quartet.

Album Review: 'Supernova'

Ray LaMontagne's last album earned him a Grammy, but his follow-up, Supernova, turns away from his usual folk and toward '60s-tinged rock. Reviewer Meredith Ochs found the change a pleasant surprise.

The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn't

Largely ignored today, the rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne gets reassessed in a new box set, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.
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Beauty Is In the Ear Of The Beholder: Artisphere Presents 'Fermata'

Artisphere's "Fermata" is the largest all-sound exhibition the D.C. area has ever seen or, for that matter, heard.