music

The Metropolitan Opera House is illuminated at dusk (© Kathy Willens/AP Images)

U.S. opera houses reopen to live audiences

As U.S. opera companies reopen their doors, many are finding new ways to lure back live audiences — and reconnect artists with opera lovers.
Woman trying on hat while looking in mirror (© Chris Sorensen/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Muslim stars are rising on American stages and screens

Muslim actors, directors, singers and comedians are representing their experiences more authentically in Hollywood and on Broadway. Learn more here.
Musicians performing in room with no patrons (© Jason Patterson/Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro)

The show goes on at these American jazz venues

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Learn how three important American jazz venues are bringing their music to audiences around the world.
Collage showing portraits of 10 people (Multiple photo credits/Collage by National Heritage Fellowships)

Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

The U.S. government's highest honor for folk and traditional arts went to 10 fellows this year, who showcased their talents March 4. Learn more here.
People gathering around man pointing to papers (Library of Congress/Kimberly Powell)

The world’s largest library commits to diversity

The Library of Congress is diversifying its collection and engaging with communities of color with the help of a recent $15 million grant.
Illustration of five people singing and playing instruments (State Dept./D. Thompson)

National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

A new museum chronicles the ascent of Black American music in the United States and its wider influence over 50 different music genres.
Football player holding trophy in air as confetti falls and other players celebrate (© Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Super Bowl 2021 will be different

About 7,500 health care workers will see the game in person while most others will watch from home. Learn what else will change because of COVID-19.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Thousands of songs and stories entered the public domain on January 1, 2021, allowing anyone to freely enjoy or adapt classics from 1925.
Man sitting by window while wearing headphones (© Shutterstock)

America’s library creates ‘ultimate stay-at-home playlist’

The Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be preserved for posterity each year. Find out which ones were recently tapped for this distinction.