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Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences

Leon says he likes to attract diverse audiences, so different cultures rub together in the crowd. This spring, he's directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and a new musical inspired by Tupac.
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Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music — and their success magnified further.
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Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Tighter regulations on ivory coming in and out of the U.S. could have a profound impact on musicians who travel with antique instruments.
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Two Leads, Two Deaths In 18 Hours

In a first for the Metropolitan Opera, Kristine Opolais made two major-role debuts in the space of 18 hours. The Latvian soprano sang leads in Madama Butterfly and La Bohème back to back.
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LiV Warfield Lets Her 'Unexpected' Voice Out

For years, LiV Warfield didn't let anybody know she could sing. Warfield talks about her musical journey and performs songs from her new album The Unexpected.
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The Coming Robot Army Just Wants To Rock

"In the early days of electronic music, people were asking exactly the same question: Is this novelty?" The British artist Squarepusher, whose new EP features mechanical musicians, doesn't think so.
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Family Musical Legacy Is No Burden For 'Carter Girl'

"You have to carry on the legacy of Carter Family music," Carlene Carter's mother told her. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with country singer Carlene Carter about that and her new album, Carter Girl.
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A Music Of Exile: Haiti During The Duvalier Years

The sound of the island nation underwent dramatic changes in the 1960s and '70s, taking on aspects of psychedelia and jazz fusion. A trove of lost music from that era is now available.
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We've Never Stopped Thinking About Kurt Cobain

Twenty years after his death, Nirvana's music — and tributes to and fights over it — remains a steady presence. Here's a taste.
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ABBA's Cheesy Start Was More Than Its 'Waterloo'

Forty years after ABBA strode into the world on platform boots, we consider why this Eurovision winner made it big across the pond.

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