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Singer Jorja Smith. Her latest release, Be Right Back, is on our shortlist of the best albums out on May 14.
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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14


The English singer and songwriter Jorja Smith has the kind of voice that can send hearts soaring and a gift for writing songs of empathy and compassion. On this week’s show we give a listen to her latest release, Be Right Back, and talk about the ways Smith reveals her deep understanding of what it means to be human.
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Rock Opera ‘Requiem’ Explores Opioid Addiction


Orlando Fringe Festival returns this year after a pandemic hiatus. One of the works on stage is a new rock-opera, ‘Requiem’, which combines the music of Mozart with tracks by Radiohead, Evanescence and others.  Opera Del Sol’s founder and creative director Nicole Dupré hopes the opera will spark a dialogue around the opioid epidemic. She joins Intersection to talk the inspiration for ‘Requiem.’  She says the opera follows the path of a woman through trauma and opioid addiction. “We just really wanted to use opera and classical music as a way to create a conversation within the community so that we could talk about addiction. So we could talk about the opioid crisis, and really, you know, realize that it …
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