There's a great story Rosanne Cash tells about her father Johnny Cash, and a special performance at Carnegie Hall in 1994. As we were producing this segment, we longed to hear the original. What did they sound like together? How did Johnny Cash introduce his daughter? How did the crowd respond? Well, we looked around for a copy, any copy of this special moment — but came up empty. That is, until we found a bootleg copy. A truly remarkable story.
A Presbyterian minister's favorite spiritual music comes not from the sanctuary or Sunday morning choir, but from Saturday night taverns with Patty Griffin, Jennifer Knapp, and Over the Rhine.
Participants in the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Course (RSCM) perform in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin. The RSCM promotes singing for people of ages by training choirs to sing church services to a high musical standard in cathedrals and churches throughout the United Kingdom. (photo: Richard Bloomfield/Flickr, cc by-nc-nd 2.0)
I was brought up as a Roman Catholic. My parents endeavoured to give me every opportunity to be exposed to a vast range of music, strongly encouraging our explorations, be they rock or classical music. In school the main exposure to singing was musical drama in the form of Gilbert and Sullivan with a few hymns in unison at every church service. It is understandable, therefore, that when my first exposure to sacred choral music at last arrived at age nineteen in University College Dublin Chamber Choir, it was like being hit with a mallet on the head.
Fred Child and the producers of Performance Today are offering up some true gems (yes, for free!) from the live concerts and in-studio performances they broadcast during the year. This exquisite piece by Chanticleer is a great way to start the day.
by Pádraig Ó Tuama, guest contributor
A playful duet between one of country music's greats and one of America's favorite children's authors — with a touching solo tribute to his father.
A behind-the-scenes snapshot just after our interview with Rosanne Cash at Orchestra Hall.
Kimbra's refreshing cover of "Plain Gold Ring" is a love letter to Nina Simone and her classic song.
A song of childhood torture from the back of the family station wagon becomes one of solitude during commutes and nighttime lullabies.