Classical Crossovers

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Numerous events are taking place to honor pop icon Michael Jackson, from a tribute in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, to a celebration right here in New York City at Harlem's Apollo Theater.

And this summer, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will present the Michael Jackson Tribute tour, performing classical renditions of his most popular songs. Jackson himself said he was composing orchestral music before his death last year.

In this week's Arts File on WQXR, WNYC's Kerry Nolan talks to Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic for The Washington Post, about the music of Michael Jackson, classical crossovers, and the audience for this genre-blending music.