19 African American Composers to Celebrate on Juneteenth (and Every Day of the Year)

Though African Americans have faced oppression throughout American history and the arts, Black composers’ contributions to music have been nothing short of history-changing.

The One Classical Album That Almost Caused Cuban Musician Roberto Fonseca to Quit Playing the Piano

Pianist and bandleader Roberto Fonseca has been nominated for Latin Grammys in the Best Jazz Album and Best Tropical Album categories. Though he said, “I don’t want people to call me just a jazz musician or a traditional Cuban musician,” in a recent interview at the WFMT studios. Fonseca has a diverse musical background and comes from a musical family. …

The Best Classical Music to Serve at Your Next Cookout [Playlist]

The summer cookout is as American as apple pie and Appalachian Spring. As you fire up the grill to cook up hot dogs, hamburgers, and all of your other favorite summer foods, we have the perfect soundtrack for you. Click here to jump to our playlist, or scroll down to peruse some of our favorite American works, from classics like Gershwin’s Rhapsody in …

This Video of Pianist Oscar Peterson Tearing It Up While John Williams Conducts Will Give You Life

Oscar Peterson has delighted music lovers as a solo pianist, playing in his trio, and even with large orchestras. He joined the Boston Pops Orchestra for a performance that was broadcast December 23, 1980 as part of Evening at the Pops, produced by PBS member station WGBH-TV between 1970 and 2005.

How Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Singer Kurt Elling Developed His Chops Singing Motets by J.S. Bach

Though Kurt Elling is one of the most well-loved and highly praised jazz singers of our time, he first developed his chops singing Bach motets. As Elling returned to his native Chicago for performances at City Winery, he spoke about how classical music has influenced him throughout his life. Though Elling confessed, “I never thought of a professional career in music,” becoming a …