Choirs and choruses

This undated image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Eric Owens as Porgy, left, and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess." The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. (Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 1:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. Performances of "Porgy and Bess," which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin...
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Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
February 04, 2019 - 10:22 am
There are a number of words you could use to describe Maroon 5's halftime show performance: Empty. Boring. Basic. Sleepy. Skippable. Unfulfilling. Unnecessary. And those who came to help save the day didn't do their jobs: If you blinked you would have missed that Travis Scott and Big Boi performed...
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russell M. Nelson speaks during the twice-annual church conference Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Mormon leaders delivered spiritual guidance and church news as the faith's conference kicks off in Salt Lake City one day after the faith announced it was renaming the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir to drop the word Mormon. The decision to rename the singing group the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square was the first major move since church president Nelson in August called for an end to the use of shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and the public.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
October 06, 2018 - 1:42 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mormon conference in Salt Lake City (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The Mormon church is scaling back the Sunday time commitment expected of its members from three hours to two. Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2016, file photo, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs during the opening session of the two-day Mormon church conference in Salt Lake City. The well-known Mormon Tabernacle Choir was renamed Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, to strip out the word Mormon in a move showing the faith's new president is serious about ending shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and previously promoted by the church. The gospel singing group will now be called "The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 05, 2018 - 6:31 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be singing the same tune but under a new name. The choir was renamed Friday to strip out the word Mormon in a move aimed at ending shorthand names for the religion that have been used for generations by church members and others...
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FILE - In this March 13, 1972 file photo, Aretha Franklin holds her Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blue performance of the song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," in New York. Franklin died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 at her home in Detroit. She was 76. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)
August 16, 2018 - 2:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The clarity and the command. The daring and the discipline. The thrill of her voice and the truth of her emotions. Like the best actors and poets, nothing came between how Aretha Franklin felt and what she could express, between what she expressed and how we responded. Blissful on...
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England head coach Gareth Southgate arrives to England's official news conference on the eve of the semifinal match between England and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
July 11, 2018 - 1:59 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Gareth Southgate and England are ready to face the music. No other soccer nation dwells on decades of failure quite like the English. Southgate was so demoralized by his penalty kick failure against Germany in the 1996 European Championship semifinals, he avoided The Lightning Seeds "...
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Shawn Mendes performs "In My Blood" at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
May 20, 2018 - 9:56 pm
The Latest on the Billboard Music Awards (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Shawn Mendes and Khalid sang a song called "Youth" at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas backed by a choir of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which was also the site of a shooting earlier this year...
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April 09, 2018 - 11:58 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on a church service and march in Atlanta marking the 50th anniversary of the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A woman who sang at the funeral of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 has reprised the mournful hymn five decades...
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March 23, 2018 - 12:46 pm
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks learning German and perfecting inflections to make their New York City opera debut in a broadcast performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio." Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir of the Iowa Medical and...
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FILe - In this Feb. 16, 1999 file photo, Sammy Williams rehearses a song from the show "Too Old for the Chorus" at the ASCAP Foundation/Disney Musical Theatre Workshop in Burbank, Calif. Williams, who won a Tony Award in the original Broadway production of “A Chorus Line,” died of cancer in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 17, 2018. He was 69. (AP Photo/Jill Connelly, File)
March 21, 2018 - 7:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sammy Williams, who won a Tony Award in the original Broadway production of "A Chorus Line," has died. He was 69. Family spokeswoman and friend Brandee Barnaby says Williams died of cancer Saturday in Los Angeles. Williams won best featured actor in a musical in 1976 for the role of...
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