Performing Arts

Leon Fleisher

June 16, 2003

Diane talks with renowned pianist, conductor, and teacher Leon Fleisher about the diagnosis and treatment of focal dystonia, a debilitating ailment affecting his right hand. They discuss how the setback deepened his connection with music...

Barbara Cook

June 11, 2003

For more than half a century, soprano Barbara Cook has been one of the most highly-acclaimed interpreters of Broadway standards. She joins Diane for a look back at her career as a Tony-winning actress and cabaret performer.

Gershwin Alone

January 24, 2003

George Gershwin created some of America's most memorable and enduring music. Actor, pianist, and playwright Hershey Felder tells the story of the composer's life and music in a one-man play called "George Gershwin Alone". He joins...

Steve Turner: "Amazing Grace" (Ecco) (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2002

Music historian Steve Turner tells the story behind the beloved hymn "Amazing Grace." He traces the song from its origins in the religious conversion of a former slave trader, up to its current popularity as one of the...

Steve Turner: "Amazing Grace" (Ecco)

December 5, 2002

Music historian Steve Turner tells the story behind the beloved hymn "Amazing Grace." He traces the song from its origins in the religious conversion of a former slave trader, up to its current popularity as one of the...

Mark Zwonitzer: "Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?" (Simon & Schuster)

August 9, 2002

Author Mark Zwonitzer presents his book about the Carter Family. Beginning in the 1920s, they originated much of America's folk, bluegrass, and country sounds, and remain a major influence on performers of American roots music today.

Mandy Patinkin

June 20, 2002

Singer and actor Mandy Patinkin has long been a fan of the music of Stephen Sondheim, and starred in the original production of Sondheim's musical "Sunday in the Park with George." As part of the Kennedy Center's ongoing Sondheim...

Internet Radio

May 20, 2002

By all accounts, Internet-based radio programming is booming in popularity. But its future is in question, as some webcasters predict that royalty demands by the recording industry will be so costly they'll shut down many sites. We'll take...

Liam Clancy: "The Mountain of the Women" (Doubleday)

March 12, 2002

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with a conversation with Liam Clancy, one of Ireland's legendary singing Clancy Brothers.

Ben Vereen and Judd Hirsch

February 1, 2002

American stage and screen veterans Ben Vereen and Judd Hirsch join Diane to talk about their careers and their current project, in which they're appearing together at Ford's Theater in Washington in "I'm Not Rappaport," a play...

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