Profiles & Features

OUT ON THE WIRES: The National’s Bryce Dessner prepares to fly solo.

EVER EMERGING: Composer John Adams continues to expand the boundaries of new music.

THE SOUNDS OF MANHATTAN, MADE IN MANHATTAN: Gershwin tunes, the Blizzard of ’79 and a snowbound soundtrack recording session.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR: The summer of 1943 was a watershed for Frank Sinatra, with the 27-year-old crooner’s newly minted Columbia Records contract and a gig with New York’s classical band.

TRAVEL ALONG THE SILK ROAD: Yo-Yo Ma and friends have gathered music, traditional and new, along the ancient trade route.

Architecture & Design

IMPACT STATEMENTS: Who are performing arts centers really for, anyway? Cities ponder the impact on locals, corporate sponsors and tourism.

HOW BRILLIANT: Nakedly exposed, the sound of new concert halls is a reflection of contemporary life. (Winner of ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism)

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Transparent and welcoming concert hall designs mirror a new openness to surrounding communities.

Marketing Trends

STALKING THE CULTURALLY AWARE NON-ATTENDER: How can this elusive creature be lured to live performances? (Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Journalism)

INTO THIN AIR: Where did all the ticket buyers go?