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    A World of Music

    The invention of the orchestra hundreds of years ago meant bigger musical possibilities, and composers all across Europe were inspired to try their hand at pushing classical music to new limits.

    • Geography
    • Orchestral Music
    • Composers
    • Europe
  • Media

    Aaron Copland + Fanfare for the Common Man

    After the U.S. entered World War II, this brass and percussion piece sounded the call to service and sacrifice

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
  • Media

    Abraham Lincoln and Music

    Explore President Lincoln’s taste in music. The three parts address Lincoln’s love of the theater and popular music as well as the impact that music had on his political campaigns and presidency and the Civil War.

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
  • Media

    African Dance

    Dancer Rujeko Dumbutshena and drummer Farai Malianga introduce traditional rhythms and movements from their native country Zimbabwe.

    • Dance
    • Africa
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    African Drumming

    You can’t have African dance without music. The two are inseparable; the dancers are drumming and the drummers are dancing. Learn about two drums—the cajon and djembe —and how to play a rhythm called Funga.

    • World Music
    • Africa
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    Agnes de Mille + Rodeo

    Learn how this all-American master changed the stage of choreography in musical theater

    • Dance
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Musical Theater
    • Choreographers
    • Women in the Arts
  • Media

    Alcina

    Handel's spellbinding opera about an island sorceress whose powers of seduction are put to the test by true love.

    • Opera
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    Alvin Ailey + Revelations

    Find out how Alvin Ailey explored themes of African American heritage and culture through dance

    • Dance
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Choreographers
    • African-American History
  • Media

    American Classics

    Follow the development and impact of classical music in the United States from its humble beginnings in the new colonies through its role in concert halls and Hollywood in the 20th century, to discover how this European tradition helped shape, and in turn was shaped by, American culture, composers and musicians.

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
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    American Voices

    Renée Fleming and colleagues from the vocal fields of classical, musical theater, jazz, gospel, country, and pop lend their talents and expertise to an unprecedented journey of vocal discovery aimed at educating young singers and seasoned vocalists alike.

    • Music
    • Opera
    • Jazz & Blues
    • Popular Music
    • Musical Theater
    • Vocal Music
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    Andes Manta

    The vibrant, energetic music of the Andes region of South America is performed in its most authentic form by Andes Manta, professional musicians and natives of the Ecuadorian Andes.

    • World Music
    • Latin America
  • Media

    Art in Camelot

    This series marks the 50th anniversary of a remarkable presidency by exploring the impact the Kennedy years had on the creative lives of people in America and around the world.

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
  • Media

    Art/Space

    How do composers hear space? What does space sound like? Is there music in space? Narrated by Roger Launius of the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, this series looks at the way music and outer space connect.

    • Music
    • Space
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    Arthur Miller + Death of a Salesman

    Learn about Arthur Miller's voice of social conscience and his revolutionary Death of a Salesman.

    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Playwrights
  • Media

    August Wilson + Fences

    A look at innovative African American playwright, August Wilson, his cycle of 10 plays, and his critically-acclaimed family drama, Fences.

    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Playwrights
    • African-American History
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    Battle Hymn of the Republic

    This hymn helped inspire the North in its fight to reunite the country and free African-American slaves

    • Music
    • History
    • Military
    • United States
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    Beethoven Rocks!

    This multimedia series gives you an introduction to the life and work of the Classical music composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

    • Music
    • Composers
  • Media

    Ben Burtt & the Sounds of Star Wars

    Meet Ben Burtt, Sound Designer for films like Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark and WALL-E. Find out the story behind some of his signature effects and how he first got interested in sound design.

    • Audio Production
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Pioneers & Inventors
    • Television, Film, & Radio
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    Ben Folds visits the National Symphony Orchestra Music Library

    National Symphony Orchestra Artistic Advisor Ben Folds invites you to the NSO Music Library to explore some of his favorite pieces of concert music

    • Music
    • Orchestral Music
    • Jobs in the Arts
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    Billie Holiday + Strange Fruit

    Billie Holiday had a hit record with the song "Strange Fruit" in the 1930s, bringing light to the horror of lynching in the American South

    • Music
    • Jazz & Blues
    • African-American History
    • Women in the Arts
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    Blues Journey

    The roots of blues can be found in slave songs, spirituals, and field hollers of the American South; its sound can be heard in early rock-and-roll, and in today's alternative and hip hop landscapes. Journey with us to learn about the influences and impact the blues has had on musical culture.

    • Geography
    • History
    • Jazz & Blues
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    Boy Meets Girl, Girl Meets Tragic End

    Opera has always been addicted to love, and its romances can range from the hilarious to the dramatic. But don’t expect a standard “Boy Meets Girl” story when you take your seat at the opera house.

    • Opera
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    Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

    Humbled by the Great Depression, this song gave voice to Americans' fears and feelings of loss

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
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    Cai Guo-Qiang's "Tornado"

    Go behind the scenes and learn about the technicians and their extensive preparation and coordination to execute pyrotechnic artist Cai Guo-Qiang's "Tornado: Explosion Project for the Festival of China," a towering "explosion installation" above the Potomac River that involves nine boats, three dragons and a "tornado" of flame.

    • Installation Art
    • Science
    • China
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    Candide

    In Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too)

    • Opera
    • English & Literature
  • Media

    China: Arts & Culture

    This video, from the archives of the Kennedy Center's Education Division, brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts.

    • China
  • Media

    Civil Rights on the B-Side

    On the flip side of many 45 RPM records made by African Americans in the '40s, '50s and '60s there are Civil Rights songs that no one has ever heard

    • Music
    • Popular Music
    • African-American History
  • Media

    Connections: Language & Music

    How do we communicate? Through language, of course, but also through gestures and images—and yes, music.

    • Music
    • Language Studies
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    Connections: Math & Music

    Math and music might seem like an odd couple. But when we take a closer look, they have more in common than you might think.

    • Music
    • Math
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    Connections: Science & Music

    What do science and music have in common? More than you might think.

    • Music
    • Science
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    Così fan Tutte

    Mozart's whimsical and wry tale of two young men who place a bet on fidelity, putting the women they love to the test through deception and seduction

    • Opera
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    Cracking Open The Nutcracker

    The Nutcracker is arguably the most popular ballet of all time. It is often performed during the holiday season, and has inspired countless variations, especially in the USA. Ever wonder why?

    • Ballet
    • Choreographers
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    Creating a Spooky Radio Play

    Write, record, and scream! A creative way to explore not-too-scary storytelling

    • Audio Production
    • Television, Film, & Radio
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    Dancing to Different Rules

    They were rebels, they were American, and they dared to be different: the makers of modern dance

    • Dance
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Choreographers
    • Women in the Arts
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    DIY Old-Time Radio

    Have you ever heard an old-time radio drama? Did you ever want to know how they were made? These audio stories will tell you about the history of the art form, and then give you the tools to record your own by using what you find around your house.

    • Audio Production
    • Television, Film, & Radio
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    DJ 101

    In this video series, turntablist Kuttin Kandi, one of the best battle DJs in the game, demonstrates the basics of her instrument.

    • Hip-Hop Culture
  • Media

    Do You Wanna Dance?

    Want to understand how dance works? Learn the five elements that make up the foundation of this art form: body, action, time, space, and energy

    • Dance
  • Media

    Don Carlo

    Family ties fray and unravel in Verdi's spectacle of forbidden passion, political intrigue, and shattering betrayal set at the height of the Spanish Empire

    • Opera
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    Don Giovanni

    A notorious lover meets his ultimate fiery punishment in Mozart’s celebrated tragicomedy. He’s spent his life betraying women. Now time’s up.

    • Opera
    • Myths, Legends, & Folktales
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    Dorothea Lange + Migrant Mother

    Photographer Dorothea Lange, whose picture Migrant Mother is one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century. See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans

    • Media Arts
    • History
    • United States
    • Women in the Arts
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    Dorothea Lange + White Angel Breadline

    In White Angel Breadline, her first documentary photograph, Dorothea Lange enabled Americans to see the tragic effects of the Great Depression. The image evoked national sympathy, rather than scorn, for the hungry and homeless.

    • Media Arts
    • History
    • United States
    • Women in the Arts
  • Media

    Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlights

    One of the jobs of a lighting designer is to be an illusionist; to convince the audience they’re somewhere special. This video series will show you some of the tricks and gear used to make that happen.

    • Theater
    • Technical Theater
    • Backstage
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    Eugene O’Neill + Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    Eugene O'Neill is called "The Father of American Theater" for good reason: He was the first American playwright to write serious plays and treat drama as a serious art form.

    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Playwrights
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    Eugene Onegin

    Time shifts desires—and one man will regret his choice—in Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece of unrequited love and missed opportunities, inspired by Pushkin’s novel.

    • Opera
    • Russia
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    Faust

    The aging Faust makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth's mortal pleasures. But along the seductive path to riches and power, Faust realizees his salvation is devastatingly bound to others.

    • Opera
    • Myths, Legends, & Folktales
  • Media

    Female Representation in the Performing Arts

    Prominent members of the Kennedy Center community of artists discuss their career paths and the importance of representation in the arts.

    • Music
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Women in the Arts
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    From Amber Frozen

    Meet the members of The Dover Quartet and composer Mason Bates as the ensemble rehearses the contemporary work From Amber Frozen.

    • Music
    • Chamber Music
    • Backstage
    • Young Artists
    • Composers
  • Media

    Galumpha

    Combining stunning acrobatics, striking visual effects, physical comedy, and inventive choreography, Galumpha transforms three human bodies into one floating, flying, and gravity-defying piece of art, The Human Jungle Gym.

    • Dance
    • Comedy & Performance Art
  • Media

    George Balanchine + Agon

    Discover why Balanchine has been called "the father of American Ballet" and even the greatest choreographer of all time

    • Ballet
    • Choreographers
  • Media

    God Bless America

    In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
  • Media

    Halloween Decorating Tips from Theater Designers

    Want to join in the Halloween fun, but aren’t sure how to begin? Let these theater designers from around the country inspire your spooktacular display.

    • Theater
    • Visual Arts
    • Technical Theater
  • Media

    Hip Hop to da Head

    This performance explores the Hip Hop dance and music movement including beat boxing, breaking, locking, floor work and top rock.

    • Hip-Hop Culture
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    Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice

    The elements of Hip-Hop came together in the Bronx borough of New York City in the early 1970s. From a whole lot of nothing—and a whole lot of imagination—Hip-Hop took form

    • Hip-Hop Culture
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    Hobey Ford: Animalia

    Together with his team of adorable "Foamies," Hobey makes animals of all sorts emerge in movement and music to form a full-on puppet ballet.

    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Animals & Nature
    • Puppetry
  • Media

    How to Sing in an Ensemble

    Congratulations! You’re singing in an ensemble. Never sung with a chorus before? We’re going to tell you everything you need to know.

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
  • Media

    Instrument Spotter's Guide

    You might see some of these instruments when you come to the Kennedy Center, watch a performance by your school band, or at any other concert you attend! Click the slides to learn more about some of the most-frequently spotted instruments in each family.

    • Music
    • Musical Instruments
  • Media

    It's Not Just a Stage

    Here’s a handy guide to some basic stage directions, the most common parts of a theater, and different types of theater spaces

    • Theater
    • Technical Theater
    • Backstage
  • Media

    Japan: Arts & Culture

    This is your passport to the arts and culture of Japan as experienced through the Kennedy Center's Japan! culture + hyperculture festival

    • Visual Arts
    • Technology
    • Pioneers & Inventors
    • Japan
  • Media

    Jason Moran: In the Studio

    Learn the basics of jazz music and how the art form works. Along with his band, Jason Moran shows you how jazz is more like skateboarding and football than you would think, as well as plays original and classic jazz standards.

    • Music
    • Jazz & Blues
    • Backstage
  • Media

    Jazz in DC

    From Fairmont Street to U Street, from the Howard Theater to the Bohemian Caverns, take a tour through jazz history with Billy Taylor and Frank Wess, who lead listeners through their hometown's music scene in this 7-part audio series.

    • History
    • Jazz & Blues
    • United States
  • Media

    John Steinbeck + The Grapes of Wrath

    A collection of suggested lessons and activities aimed at helping students build a framework, from various perspectives of the 1930s, in which to embed a close study of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

    • Literary Arts
    • History
    • United States
  • Media

    Keith Bear: Flute Maker

    Musician, storyteller and flutemaker Keith Bear sheds light on the art and tradition of making flutes in the Native American tradition in this video interview.

    • Music
    • Native American
  • Media

    Kids' Classical Countdown

    Looking to bolster your knowledge of classical music or simply trying to broaden your knowledge of music in general? Whatever your reason, here’s a different kind of musical hit list— our choices for the top 10 works in Western classical music for kids and their parents.

    • Orchestral Music
    • Composers
  • Media

    Know Before You Go

    Look like a pro at any arts event, from the ballet to the rock show. Here's everything you need to know before you go!

    • Music
    • Dance
    • Theater
    • Opera
  • Media

    Koji Kakinuma: Shodo Performing Artist

    Shodo performing artist Koji Kakinuma performs a festive Otsukimi (Japanese moon-viewing) performance of Trancework , accompanied by the taiko group AUN

    • Visual Arts
    • Japan
  • Media

    La Traviata

    Verdi’s everlasting story of fate and sacrifice, renowned for its soaring arias and heart-wrenching ending.

    • Opera
  • Media

    Larry & Jessup Yazzie, Native Pride Dancers

    Meskwaki Tribe member Larry Yazzie and his son, Jessup, discuss and perform traditional Native American dances

    • Dance
    • World Dance
    • Native American
  • Media

    Latin Dance

    Learn the basics of four Latin dances: Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha. Then advance to level 2 and learn new moves!

    • Dance
    • Latin America
  • Media

    Madam Butterfly

    In Puccini's immortal tragedy, a dashing American naval officer chooses a naïve young geisha to be his bride, only to betray her--leading to one of the most devastating and legendary final scenes in all of opera.

    • Opera
    • Japan
  • Media

    Marian Anderson: Of Thee We Sing

    The road to racial equality was a long one and the battle for equality had many heroes; some of them made history just by opening their mouths to sing.

    • Music
    • African-American History
    • Women in the Arts
  • Media

    Martha Graham + Appalachian Spring

    Learn how this dance visionary pioneered her own movement language

    • Dance
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Pioneers & Inventors
    • Choreographers
    • Women in the Arts
  • Media

    Merce Cunningham + BIPED

    Discover how Cunningham's abstract choreography was inspired by his innovative use of technology

    • Dance
    • Media Arts
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Choreographers
  • Media

    Music and Football

    Music and football are intertwined as we'll hear in this series, narrated by NFL Films composer Tom Hedden.

    • Music
    • Sports
  • Media

    Music as Dance's Muse

    See how four choreographers (Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, and Mark Morris) use music in different ways in their works.

    • Music
    • Dance
    • Contemporary Dance
    • Choreographers
  • Media

    Music in the Military

    Music and musicians play an important role in military life. From the history of "Taps" to the importance of the USO, this series explores the place of ceremonial, tactical and recreational music in the US military.

    • Music
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Military
  • Media

    Music of China

    Chinese music dates back thousands of years and sounds different from Western music thanks to important differences in tone, musical scale, pitch, instrumentation and individual instruments.

    • World Music
    • Asia
    • China
  • Media

    Music of Greece

    Discover the influence of the ancient Greeks on classical music, opera and modern jazz; and join contemporary Greek musicians and scholars as they discuss cultural and historical influences on the music of Greece today

    • World Music
    • Ancient Civilizations
  • Media

    Music of India

    This 3-part audio series explores different aspects of Indian music: Indian musical instruments; the styles of music across India; and what makes Indian music unique—and where it is going

    • World Music
  • Media

    Music of the Arab World

    A 3-part audio series that explores different aspects of Arab music: the musical instruments of the Arab World; what makes Arab music unique; and the styles of music in the Arab World

    • World Music
    • Arabic
  • Media

    Music of the Civil War

    Exploring the conflict’s varied soundtrack, from patriotic marches to haunting ballads, offers a window to the spirit, story, and emotion of a traumatic time in American history.

    • Music
    • History
    • Military
    • United States
  • Media

    Music of the Gulf Coast Highway

    Learn how the diverse styles of blues, choral music, cajun, zydeco, brass band, border music, and gospel meet and mingle in the Gulf Coast region.

    • Music
    • Geography
  • Media

    Musical Theater in America

    Learn about musical theater using examples from Broadway, the history, structure and elements of musical theater, musical theater's role in social commentary, its legacy, and how you too can create a musical.

    • Theater
    • Musical Theater
  • Media

    Native Pride Dancers

    Native American dancers from the group Native Pride Dancers demonstrate the traditional eagle, fancy, grass and hoop dances

    • Dance
    • World Dance
    • Native American
  • Media

    No Singer is an Island

    Singing is a completely collaborative art form. You cannot go it alone. Here’s a look at six of the people that will help you along the way

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
  • Media

    Norman Rockwell + The Problem We All Live With

    In The Problem We All Live With, artist Norman Rockwell took a stand against racism. Learn why a controversial painting became a symbol of the American civil rights movement

    • Visual Arts
    • African-American History
  • Media

    Otello

    Verdi’s monumental retelling of Shakespeare’s masterpiece offers a psychological medium to explore good and evil, as well as the downfall of a celebrated leader.

    • Opera
    • Myths, Legends, & Folktales
  • Media

    Pacifico Dance Company

    Pacífico Dance Company prides itself on educating culturally diverse communities, as well as providing Hispanic audiences with a forum for developing pride in their own heritage

    • Dance
    • World Dance
    • Folk Dance
    • Latin America
  • Media

    Pas de Deux: It Takes Two

    In ballet, a pas de deux is a dance duet in which two dancers perform ballet steps together. But the pas de deux is not just a dance of love.

    • Dance
    • Ballet
    • Choreographers
  • Media

    Perfect Harmony

    Nothing sings romance like a love song. And people have been singing them for thousands of years.

    • Music
    • Popular Culture
  • Media

    Picturing the Presidency

    Shadowing the president is difficult, but White House photographers must capture every moment for history

    • Media Arts
    • Social Studies & Civics
    • Jobs in the Arts
  • Media

    Poetry Out Loud

    How does poetry change when it transforms from written to spoken word? Listen as well-known voices express the work of celebrated poets.

    • Media Arts
    • Poetry & Lyrics
  • Media

    Pointe Shoes

    With their flat, stiff fronts and special construction, pointe shoes give ballerinas the footwear that helps them stay on their toes and wow audiences

    • Dance
    • Ballet
    • Backstage
  • Media

    Primary Sources

    When it comes to telling the true account of an event or an historical time period, there’s nothing more real or more exciting than a primary source

    • History
  • Media

    Ragamala Dance

    Learn about traditional Indian Bharatanatyam dance from the Ragamala Dance company

    • Dance
    • World Dance
    • India
  • Media

    Ralph Stanley & the Roots of Country Music

    Learn about the beginnings of country music and its early innovators through the stories and music of three of country music's most respected musicians: mountain music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale and James Shelton

    • Music
    • Folk Music
  • Media

    Rhythm and Raga

    The music of India is diverse, but there is still a distinct “sound” that makes Indian music unmistakable-- use this resource to learn the basics of Indian music.

    • Music
    • World Music
    • India
  • Media

    Romare Bearden + Empress of the Blues

    Can you hear that red-hot trumpet? How about the full, rich tones in the vocals of Bessie Smith? Romare Bearden makes music with his art. Learn how to “hear” a painting.

    • Visual Arts
    • Jazz & Blues
    • Women in the Arts
  • Media

    Samuel Beckett + Waiting for Godot

    The cast and director from the Gate Theatre‟s (Dublin) production of Waiting for Godot discuss this well-known and enigmatic classic by Samuel Beckett.

    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Playwrights
  • Media

    Shakespeare and Love

    Shakespeare made the pursuit of love just as difficult as leading men to war, or solving your father's murder

    • Theater
    • Shakespeare
  • Media

    Shakespeare's Macbeth

    A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland.

    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Shakespeare
  • Media

    Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

    From the opening lines of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows what lies in store for the tragedy’s title teens: that these two “star-crossed lovers” are doomed to die

    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Shakespeare
  • Media

    Shakespeare's Sonnet #18

    Need the right words for Valentine's Day? Let the great poets, writers, and thinkers share their thoughts

    • Poetry & Lyrics
    • Shakespeare
  • Media

    slamKC

    Explore the performances of young slam poets. Musical, lyrical, and provocative, these original spoken word pieces are supported by Hip Hop giants Questlove and Black Thought.

    • Comedy & Performance Art
    • Poetry & Lyrics
    • Young Artists
    • Controversial Topic
  • Media

    So You Want to be a Singer?

    What does it really take to become a professional singer?

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
  • Media

    Sogolon Puppet Theater

    Sogolon is the puppet show and theatrical company created by Yaya Coulibaly in order to perpetrate and promote the Mali puppet tradition. The group's core mission is to contribute to develop and promote the Bamanan-Somono-Bozo puppet show.

    • Animals & Nature
    • Puppetry
    • Africa
  • Media

    Songs About Cars

    People write songs about a lot of things--desire, loneliness, heartbreak, love, and for some reason--lots of songs about cars.

    • Music
    • Popular Music
  • Media

    Songs About Disasters

    Today if you want to talk about a tragedy, there are plenty of ways to do it. But in the past, one way people would pass along news was through songs.

    • Music
    • History
    • Popular Music
  • Media

    Sound Design and "The Wilhelm Scream"

    Explore the history of Hollywood sound effects including the infamous "Wilhelm Scream," which has been used in hundreds of films.

    • Media Arts
    • Audio Production
    • Television, Film, & Radio
  • Media

    Soundtrack to the Seasons

    Feel like giving each season a personal playlist? This handy guide to keeping the classics with you all year round can help.

    • Music
    • Animals & Nature
    • Holidays & Traditions
    • Life Cycles
  • Media

    Stephen Schwartz

    Meet one of American musical theater’s most talented composers, Stephen Schwartz, as he discusses his musical education, his break into show business, and the creative process, as well as performs selections from his musicals.

    • Musical Theater
  • Media

    Strike Up the Band: Creating Homemade Instruments

    How to make musical instruments with recycled household items

    • Music
    • Visual Arts
    • Young Artists
  • Media

    Summon the Heroes

    Throughout the ages, composers have celebrated the accomplishments of famous heroes through music. What does a hero sound like? Get ready to find out!

    • Orchestral Music
    • Popular Culture
    • Composers
    • Musical Instruments
  • Media

    Surviving School Chorus

    Chorus isn’t as complicated as you think. Here's a simple guide to the world of school choir. Sit up straight in your chair, take a deep breath, and read on.

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
  • Media

    Swing Dance

    Learn the basics of swing dance, called East Coast Swing; take it up a notch with the Charleston; and if you're really swingin' after that, you can learn the most advanced swing dance, the Lindy Hop.

    • Dance
    • Jazz & Blues
  • Media

    Swing! Swing! Swing!

    This series, hosted by Connaitre Miller of Howard University, explores why Swing was the most popular dance music in America and how it is still alive today in dance halls, clubs and movies

    • Music
    • Jazz & Blues
    • Popular Music
  • Media

    Taking Care of Your Voice

    Want to sing? Good! Been watching American Idol and think you can do better? Here’s a few myths about singing and a few things to keep in mind.

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
  • Media

    Tambuco Percussion Ensemble of Mexico

    Tambuco is a percussion quartet founded in 1993 by four Mexican musicians. Tambuco’s performances weave music, instruments, and playing techniques from all over the world into a colorful tapestry of sounds, some familiar and some completely new.

    • Music
    • Latin America
  • Media

    Television Theme Songs

    Over the years, they’ve been some of the most popular songs in the country. They are television theme songs, something as old as TV.

    • Music
    • Media Arts
    • Popular Culture
    • Television, Film, & Radio
  • Media

    Tennessee Williams + The Glass Menagerie

    Playwright Tennessee Williams was a master of theatrical lyricism. He wrote about outcasts who invent beautiful fantasy worlds in order to survive their difficult and sometimes ugly lives.

    • Theater
    • Plays
    • Playwrights
  • Media

    The Barber of Seville

    "Figaro! Figaro! Fiiigarooo!" Can the sharp-witted barber of Seville help Count Almaviva woo the beautiful Rosina away from a bumbling doctor?

    • Opera
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    The Daughter of the Regiment

    A woman raised by soldiers must convince her "fathers" to let her marry a peasant--just as a mysterious Marquise comes to whisk her away to become a proper lady.

    • Opera
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    The Ins and Outs of Trying Out

    If you opt for a career in opera or musical theater, you’ll be facing auditions all the time. Audition criteria vary from competition to competition, show to show, and director to director, but here are five of the (very) basic things to keep in mind

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
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    The Magic Flute

    In Mozart’s final and beloved opera, a handsome young prince and his silly bird-catcher sidekick are enlisted by the mysterious Queen of the Night to rescue her kidnapped daughter.

    • Opera
    • Myths, Legends, & Folktales
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    The Marine's Hymn

    The stories behind the words—“From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli”

    • Music
    • History
    • Military
    • United States
  • Media

    The Marriage of Figaro

    The barber of Seville is getting hitched--and it's a day of madness in the palace! Mozart's comic masterpiece comes to life through enchanting music and absurd mix-ups in a charming exploration of the perils of temptation and the triumph of love.

    • Opera
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    The Music of Sound

    Learn how composers and sound designers use their tools to create or enhance mood in a film or commercial.

    • Media Arts
    • Audio Production
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Television, Film, & Radio
  • Media

    The Real Life of a Singer

    Some basics on studying voice, preparing music, and getting the word out about your singing

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
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    The Skeleton of a Scary Story

    What gives a scary story its boo factor? Learn about the tricks you can use to rattle readers.

    • Literary Arts
    • Fiction & Creative Writing
  • Media

    The Star-Spangled Banner

    How a captured poet penned the song that became the country’s national anthem

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
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    This Land is Your Land

    Folk singer Woody Guthrie celebrates America’s bounty and protests that not all Americans were getting their fair share

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
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    Tosca

    Passionate singer Tosca takes matters into her own hands when dreaded chief of police Scarpia hunts for her lover. But no one is guaranteed to get out alive.

    • Opera
    • Myths, Legends, & Folktales
  • Media

    Understanding Arabic Music

    Master musician and composer Simon Shaheen, along with his ensemble Qantara, demonstrates the unique sounds in traditional/classical Arab music.

    • Music
    • World Music
    • Musical Instruments
    • Arabic
  • Media

    Understanding Different Voice Types

    A soprano is a soprano because she can sing high and a bass is a bass because he sings low, right? Not really...

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Jobs in the Arts
  • Media

    Unpacking our National Anthem

    Examine the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the countless ways it has been adapted by musicians

    • Music
    • History
    • United States
  • Media

    Unpacking the Tracks

    You're in the studio and at the mixing console with Motown historian Harry Weinger and Questlove of The Roots as they unpack classic tracks including Marvin Gaye’s 1971 chart-topper “What’s Going On” and The Supremes' 1966 hit "You Can't Hurry Love."

    • Music
    • Popular Music
    • Backstage
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    Viva La Diva!

    A beginner’s guide to some of opera’s most challenging female roles and a unique look at how opera does girl power.

    • Opera
    • Women in the Arts
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    We Shall Overcome

    How a song helped steel the courage of African Americans as they struggled for civil rights

    • Music
    • African-American History
  • Media

    What It Takes to Become a Professional Singer

    If you’re serious about pursuing a singing career, consider the following points carefully as you embark on this challenging career path.

    • Music
    • Vocal Music
    • Backstage
    • Jobs in the Arts
    • Young Artists
  • Media

    Who Doesn't Love Opera?

    Who doesn't love opera? Unfortunately a lot of people think they don't, and most of them have never seen one.

    • Opera
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    Yankee Doodle

    “Yankee Doodle” may be a popular kids’ tune today, but it got its start as a song of war

    • Music
    • History
    • Military
    • United States
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    Your Brain on Music: Chills & Thrills

    Creators of spooky tunes know exactly what they are doing when they send shivers down the spines of listeners.

    • Music
    • Science
    • Popular Culture
  • Media

    Your Brain on Music: Earworms

    Recalling a favorite song in our imaginations can bring a private smile. But an earworm is different.

    • Music
    • Science
    • Popular Culture
  • Media

    Your Brain on Music: Tearjerkers

    Warning: this article contains excerpts from some of the saddest pieces of music ever written.

    • Music
    • Science
    • Popular Culture
  • Media

    Your Brain on Music: The Sound System Between Your Ears

    The amazing sound system in the human brain helps explain why people everywhere fill their lives with music.

    • Music
    • Science