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Why has ‘Messiah’ been so popular for nearly 300 years?

The oratorio is ubiquitous — and while it’s associated with Christmas, the music has proven to transcend faiths.


With his rebel spirit, Shane MacGowan fought ‘to make Irish music hip’

For all his troubles, MacGowan was a true poet at heart, and a fierce believer in faith.

On Holiday Pops’ 50th anniversary, Keith Lockhart feels joy — and a surge of adrenaline

The Pops conductor says, "It's a great time to make music." There's plenty in store, with a packed calendar of 44 performances in four New England states over 24 days, beginning Friday.

With ‘Phoenix,’ jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin soars to a new realm

Lakecia Benjamin recorded her new album after recovering from a near-fatal 2021 auto accident. It recently earned the saxophonist three Grammy nominations.

Long absent from the concert stage, Mistle Thrush’s Valerie Forgione returns with a new identity and sound

She'll debut Lovina Falls, her new project, at the Rockwell in Somerville on Saturday.

Taylor Swift is Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2023, ending Bad Bunny’s 3-year reign

According to Spotify Wrapped, Taylor Swift was 2023's most-streamed artist globally, raking in more than 26.1 billion streams since January 1.

Morgan Wallen tops Apple Music’s 2023 song chart while Taylor Swift, SZA also lead streaming lists

Country singer Morgan Wallen's "last Night" tops Apple Music's global song chart in 2023

Class is in session: Taylor Swift course coming to Harvard next year

“Taylor Swift and Her World” will dive into the singer’s evolution and her artistic counterparts, according to professor Stephanie Burt.