music

Esperanza Spalding standing with a bass, with explanatory text underneath (State Dept./D. Woolverton. Photo: AP Images)

Here’s a free poster saluting women in music

Grammy Award-winning musician Esperanza Spalding exemplifies women making history in fields that were once nearly exclusively male, like jazz.
Five-person musical band performing with guitars, drums and keyboard (© Peter Simon/Getty Images)

Rock’s Hall of Fame announces inductees for 2018 [video]

Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, and Nina Simone are entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn what makes these performers stand out.
Men and women in formal dress posing for photo (© AP Images)

America celebrates the performing arts with Kennedy Center Honors

Rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan were among the performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Man leaping as woman plays musical instrument (Margaret Schulman)

Decades later, Japan’s gift to Americans is still vibrant

The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, a gift from Japan in 1976, is celebrating its reopening with artwork and performances that pay tribute to the country.
People in band uniforms in formation, playing instruments (Courtesy of South Bend Tribune/Greg Swiercz)

Small town, big sound

The John Adams High School marching band of South Bend, Indiana, has been an essential part of the community for generations.
Illustration of watch, phone, shoe, iPod (D. Woolverton/State Dept.)

The price of that music is higher than you think

Everyone likes a bargain. But buying pirated or counterfeit goods can support organized crime. See what the Trump administration is doing about it.
Man conducting an orchestra (Jan Regan/Philadelphia Orchestra)

Philadelphia Orchestra makes music and friends in China

China is almost a second home for the Philadelphia Orchestra, which has completed 11 tours in the country and participated in the World Expo in Shanghai.
Group of people with short, colorful hair posing for photo (© AP Images)

Eclectic K-pop picks up fans in U.S.

Americans are crazy for K-pop — the eclectic, audiovisual universe of Korean pop music. The U.S. is now K-pop's third biggest international market.

Japan’s Nujabes’ lasting influence on dance club music [video]

In the world of electronic music, the sound of the Japanese DJ/producer Nujabes has had a major impact on the dance and hip-hop scene in the U.S.