Recent NPR Musical News


Steve Reich, 'Runner'
New to the music of Steve Reich? His latest recording, featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic, may be his most approachable.   (5 October)

Where are the Black musicians in the country's largest orchestras?
In 2014, a study found that only 1.4% of orchestra musicians were Black. In 2022, it's hard to know if that number is better or worse.   (30 September)

Lizzo played James Madison's crystal flute onstage in D.C., proving history rocks
The Library of Congress had invited Lizzo to check out its flute collection during her tour stop. On Tuesday, she played a few notes on the historic instrument, twerked and declared history cool.   (29 September)

A composer's meditation on the moment, blown up to immersive proportions
Seven months after it debuted at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Tyshawn Sorey relaunches his work Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) on a monumental new scale in New York's Park Avenue Armory.   (28 September)

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OCT 8 Du Bois Orchestra in Cambridge on Sat»
OCT 9 EUROPA GALANTE with FABIO BIONDI in R»
OCT 9 Bach Cantata Series in Boston on Sund»
OCT 9 Hub New Music in Boston on Sunday, Oc»
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OCT 9 Joshua Peckins, violinist in Cambridg»