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The new Broadway play "Oslo" chronicles the intrigue behind the secret meetings that led in 1993 to the first agreement between Palestinians and Israelis. Theater critic Howard Shapiro reviews this play this week on In A Broadway Minute, Friday at 8 am and Saturday at 10 am.

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Amy Beach was the first woman composer to have a piece performed by a major symphony orchestra. As organizations celebrate the 150th anniversary of her birth this year, A Tempo explores her career and her impact on American music. Host Rachel Katz will speak with Liane Curtis, president and founder of Women's Philharmonic Advocacy, this Saturday at 7 pm. 

For only the third time ever, the government released today a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music.

And in many ways, the numbers aren't great, with little progress shown in most categories since the last time the assessment was given in 2008. One bright spot: The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white peers has narrowed. But Hispanics and African-Americans still lag far behind white and Asian eighth-graders.

Lillian Hellman's 1939 melodrama The Little Foxes has two great roles for actresses over the age of 40. Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon fill those roles in a new revival on Broadway ... but with one big twist: Linney and Nixon play both roles and switch off at different performances.

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist from Flint, Mich. She wears a hijab with pride. She's been a performance poet for 13 years, writing about love, trauma, loss and joy.

Carlin Ma

Music schools and conservatories are constantly facing new challenges in ensuring their students are prepared to create successful careers in the ever-changing world of music. This Saturday at 7 pm, A Tempo host Rachel Katz checks in with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, whose recent additions and innovations include a Roots, Jazz and American Music program. Rachel will interview SFCM President David Stull and Simon Rowe, executive director of the Roots, Jazz and American Music program.

The Broadway Event of the season is the much-anticipated revival of Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce. Hear Howard Shapiro's review.

Actor Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, 24: Legacy) remembers the moment he knew he wanted to be a performer. At 9 years old, the Washington, D.C., native auditioned for a Kennedy Center production of The Brothers of the Knight, a children's musical about a preacher who doesn't approve of his 12 sons' all-night dancing.

What will Bill Murray do next?

The beloved actor's curiosity seems boundless. It should be no surprise, then, to learn that his new project finds him paired with a classical cellist.

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