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In 1999 her recording of Prokofiev’s Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 and Bartok’s Concerto No. 3 with Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony won a Grammy. In 2001 she was named Musical America’s Musician of the Year. Argerich’s appeal is not difficult to understand. Her performances are charismatic, but in a way that draws attention to the music rather than herself. A listener feels her connecting to the music, exploring novel expressive paths rather than retreading familiar ones. Her musical instincts are harnessed to a prodigious technique that allows her the freedom to explore.

Though far from a flop, Mended did not reach the heights of Marc Anthony. And the esoteric nature of Libre dimmed his star with salsa fans. However, with his singing talent, on-stage charisma, and eclectic musical tastes, Marc Anthony is likely to re-emerge with more interesting fusions and danceable concoctions. Otra Nota (Sony, 1993); Todo a Su Tiempo (Sony, 1995); Contra la Corriente (Sony, 1997); Marc Anthony (Columbia, 1999); Libre (Sony, 2001); Mended (Columbia, 2002). SELECTIVE DISCOGRAPHY: RAMIRO BURR ANTHRAX Formed: 1981, New York, New York Members: Charlie Benante, drums (born Bronx, New York, 27 November 1962); Frank Bello, bass (born Bronx, New York, 7 September 1965); John Bush, vocals (born Los Angeles, California, 24 August 1963); Rob Caggiano, guitar (born New York, New York); Scott Ian, guitar (born Scott Rosenfeld, Queens, New York, 31 December 1963).

After honing her chops in a gospel choir beginning at age six, the singer signed her first recording contract at age thirteen with Jive Records. Nothing came of the contract, and it took nearly eight more years before Ashanti made a name for herself. In the meantime, Ashanti danced in a variety of settings: as part of the Senior Pro Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and in Disney’s television musical Polly. The singer also danced in several music videos and appeared in the hiphop comedy Who’s Da Man and Spike Lee’s Malcolm X.

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