Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist and Shreveport native Van Cliburn died. Tonight in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute by performing at a free, outdoor concert.
A new documentary called The Whole Gritty City zeroes in on New Orleans’ youngest musicians, many of whom haven’t yet lost all of their baby teeth. The film follows three school marching bands as they prepare to perform during Mardi Gras.
In this commentary, education writer Sarah Carr argues that The Whole Gritty City offers us a different kind of look at New Orleans schoolchildren.
This week on Inside the Arts, the family home of music legend Professor Longhair gets a facelift.
St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church is gearing up for a packed house with a unique Mardi Gras tradition, as it celebrates the 20th Annual Jazz Service with renowned clarinetist Dr. Michael White and The Original Liberty Jazz Band.
And Broadway veteran and Big Easy Award-winner Leslie Castay reprises her acclaimed cabaret show, Leslie Castay, Unscripted.
The name that our musical guests have most consistently mentioned is Professor Longhair. It began, well, at the beginning. Longhair, whose friends call him Fess, figured into the very first answer from the very first guest on the very first Music Inside Out.
Since then, others have conjured his name when describing the best of New Orleans music. As it turns out, Longhair — who died in 1980 — remains a guiding spirit to musicians and music lovers everywhere. So as a matter of duty and privilege, we’re spreading the joy.
In a mobile classroom — basically a trailer outfitted with a desk and some chairs — music teacher Chris Miller works with a group of active kindergartners dressed in green and khaki school uniforms. He teaches them the basics: musical concepts, artists and styles of music.
"Everybody repeat after me," he says. "Wade in the water." Kids sing back, "Wade in the water."