In 1986, four women gathered in a casual setting to sing through a bit of medieval chant. Little did they know they were launching Anonymous 4, an a cappella ensemble that has spanned nearly 30 years, 20 albums, countless concerts and more than a millenium of music.
Today the group announced that the 2015-16 season will be its last together. But this isn't the first time Anonymous 4 has thought about calling it quits. The group bid a similar farewell in 2004.
The Irish-American supergroup Solas appears on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.
The band's leader, Seamus Egan, was regarded as a prodigy in his youth, recording his first album at 16 and touring with Ralph Stanley and Peter, Paul & Mary. In 1996, he founded Solas, whose lineup has included fellow Irish music heroes John Doyle, Karan Casey and John Williams — but Egan, along with fiddler Winifred Horan, have always remained at the group's core.
This lady has worked diligently to carve out her own stardom in music. Our feature performer this weekend is Natalie Cole. Her story, her personal recordings and some classic duets with her father, Nat King Cole. All of this and more on Big Band Saturday Night on 89.5. Please join us!
Pianist Rachel Z trained at the New England Conservatory before beginning her professional career as a performer with the likes of Al Di Meola, Larry Coryell and the fusion band Steps Ahead. She also worked with saxophonist Wayne Shorter on his Grammy-winning comeback album, High Life.
It's always been a treat to sit down with pianist Louis Lortie. In part because of his sound at the piano — the brightness, purity and clarity of his playing. But all the better to have a conversation with him, too. He is a sober, serious thinker, with an incisive point of view on every piece of music he chooses.
As springtime gives way, ever so slowly, to summertime --- and as Memorial Day weekend, summer's unofficial gateway, draws nearer and nearer --- the minds of many music-lovers will wander, perhaps inevitably, and perhaps even repeatedly, to reveries of catching a nice concert or two at this or that outdoor venue.
Or else, as the case may be, this or that indoor venue. (Sometimes it rains. Or a nightclub beckons.)
The iconic jazz label Blue Note Records turns 75 this year, and it celebrated in Washington, D.C. As the capstone to a week of performances, film screenings and discussions, Blue Note artists gathered in the 2,465-seat Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for a special performance.
It's not easy being a mom, but it's even tougher for mothers in opera. So often they're completely absent while fathers have leading roles in shows like Rigoletto, La traviata, The Flying Dutchman. When depicted at all, operatic moms are usually under supreme stress. They can be murderous, manipulative or simply mad. Only rarely are they the loving moms who brought us into the world. Here your job is to identify the operas and their mothers. Score high and brag to your own sweet (or stressed) mom. Score low and go to your room without supper.