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The Skagit Valley Chorale in Washington held a rehearsal in early March of 2020 that became a superspreader event for COVID-19. Dicken Bettinger hide caption

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After Its Superspreader Rehearsal, A Community Choir Struggles To Sing Together Again

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After more than a decade away from the recording studio, Nnenna Freelon returns with Time Traveler, an album she describes as a love letter to her late husband. Chris Charles/Origin Records hide caption

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Jazz Singer Nnenna Freelon Works Through Grief With New Album And Podcast

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Singer Allison Russell Shares Personal Saga Of Trauma And Triumph On 'Outside Child'

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American composers and musicians Noble Sissle, center left, and Eubie Blake, on piano, perform with a group of women on stage in the early 20th century. Sissle and Blake wrote the score for Shuffle Along. Anthony Barboza/Getty Images hide caption

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'Shuffle Along' Changed Musical Theater 100 Years Ago

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Mario Gotoh performs for a single listener in a One-To-One Concert hosted by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Ed Lefkowicz/Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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One-To-One Concerts Bring Listeners Back To Live Music, One At A Time

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Lee Mokobe: How Can We Make Sense Of Ourselves Through Poetry?

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Amanda Gorman: Using Your Voice Is A Political Choice

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Jon M. Chu: Why Does Representation On Screen Matter?

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Camille A. Brown: How Can We Tap Into Our Creative Expression Through Dance?

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Pervis Staples, second from right, performing with his family in 1965. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Pervis Staples, Founding Member Of The Staple Singers, Dies At Age 85

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New York's Lincoln Center, as people gather for its reopening on Monday, May 10. Jeff Lunden/NPR hide caption

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On his new CD, classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglic plays two works composed especially for him. Esther Haase/Verve Label Group hide caption

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Man With A Mission: Miloš Seeks The Next Great Classical Guitar Showpiece

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Mj Rodriguez as Blanca on Pose. Pari Dukovic/FX hide caption

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Mj Rodriguez On 'Pose' And Perseverance

As the groundbreaking series Pose comes to a close in its third and final season, Sam talks to Mj Rodriguez about the end of her role as Blanca, the loving and lovable house mother at the center of the show. They also chat about the start of her career as Angel in Rent, channeling grief into her character, and LGBTQIA+ perseverance.

Mj Rodriguez On 'Pose' And Perseverance

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Nomadland's Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color to win an Oscar for best director. Chris Pizzello/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor as Romeo and Juliet, and Lucian Msamati as Friar Laurence, in the new Romeo & Juliet on PBS's Great Performances. Rob Youngson/PBS hide caption

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Producer Scott Rudin, center, and the cast of Hello, Dolly! accept the award for Best Revival of a Musical at the 2017 Tony Awards in New York City. Rudin says he's stepping back from his Broadway work. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions hide caption

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