Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.
Pastor Shirley Caesar is known around the world for her sermons and songs. The 83-year-old Durham, North Carolina, native will perform May 5 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, one of her biggest concerts since the start of the pandemic.