‘Men Don’t Break’ tops a bandleader’s list of classical music highlights of 2021


Assistant conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jonathon Taylor Rush joined Here Nowby Scott Tong to discuss his best classic moments of the year, including the aria “Men Don’t Break” from Terence Blanchard’s opera “Fire Shut Up in My Bones”, the first opera by a composer black featured in the Metropolitan Opera’s 138 -year history.

The best classical music moments of 2021

men don’t break,” aria from “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” by Terence Blanchard

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Florence Price Symphonies No. 1 & No. 3Philadelphia Orchestra

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Marin Alsop directing the “Porgy & Bess“, Philadelphia Orchestra

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strideby Cuban composer Tania León — 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in 2020

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by William Dawson”Negro folk symphony”, The Revival of James Conlon (Aspen/BSO)

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The driver,’ documentary on Marin Alsop)

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