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From "Hamilton" to "Frozen" to "Grease," breaking into song in the middle of a dramatic scene is something so common now that we may not realize how revolutionary it was in the last century.

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Flying Carpet Theatre Artistic Director Adam Koplan joined "City Lights" host Lois Reitzes to discuss this particular musical tool, with examples from "Oklahoma!" and "Showboat."

This is the second conversation in a "City Lights" summer series on the Great American Songbook.

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Spivey Hall brings world-renowned, mostly classical and jazz artists to Atlanta, and Spivey takes on the world in another way as well – with its fourth annual Summer World Music Festival.

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"City Lights" host Lois Reitzes learned more from Spivey education manager Melanie Darby and featured performer Aly Camara, a West African percussionist.

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This weekend and beyond, Atlanta's clubs and concert halls are playing host to some country greats and a certain Tuesday Night Music Club member making a return to form. Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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Georgia's music industry generates about $3.7 billion for the economy each year, and a new state law seeks to grow that number.

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Each summer as the temperatures and humidity increase, the mountains of western North Carolina offer Atlantans relief from the heat amidst beautiful scenery.

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For music lovers, the perfect complement to the awe-inspiring vistas is the annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival. The festival is a summer-long celebration of jazz and classical music, often in informal and intimate settings.