Classical music

May 24, 2018 - 9:34 am
MILAN (AP) — Mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli is returning to Milan's famed La Scala opera house next year for a three-year Baroque music collaboration, the opera house announced Thursday. The program is part of general manager Alexander Pereira's focus on bringing neglected Italian musical traditions...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. The Metropolitan Opera says it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people during his tenure with the company that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period, Friday, May 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
May 18, 2018 - 11:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said in court documents Friday that it found credible evidence that conductor James Levine engaged in sexually abusive or harassing conduct with seven people that included inappropriate touching and demands for sex acts over a 25-year period. The Met fired...
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A dead body lays under a blanket after a knife attack Saturday that left at least two dead including the assailant in central Paris, early Sunday May 13, 2018. A knife-wielding assailant killed at least one person and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris' famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police Saturday night. The Islamic State group claimed the attacker as one of its "soldiers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
May 12, 2018 - 9:31 pm
PARIS (AP) — A knife-wielding assailant killed a 29-year-old man and injured four others in a lively neighborhood near Paris' famed Opera Garnier before he was killed by police Saturday night. The Islamic State group claimed the attacker as one of its "soldiers." Counterterrorism authorities took...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Performances by the former Metropolitan Opera music director have been withdrawn from the company’s Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel, a large percentage of the company's history. Levine, the company's leading force as music or artistic director from 1976-2016, was fired as music director emeritus on March 12 after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
May 10, 2018 - 9:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Performances by former Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine were withdrawn from the company's Sirius XM satellite and online radio channel, a large percentage of the company's history. Levine, the company's leading force as music or artistic director from 1976-2016, was...
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May 09, 2018 - 7:19 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A fairy-tale thriller from a Danish composer who created an operatic version of "The Handmaid's Tale" will make its debut at the Santa Fe Opera in the summer of 2019, as the open-air desert venue shifts course under new management. Leaders of the Santa Fe Opera on Wednesday...
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Philip Nitschke, founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International, 104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall and lawyer Moritz Gall, from left, attenda press conference a day before Goodall's assisted suicide in Basel, Switzerland, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)
May 09, 2018 - 5:21 pm
BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian man who plans to end his life in Switzerland on Thursday cheerily sang a few bars of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as he told reporters that medically assisted suicide should be more widely available and not only viewed as a last resort for the...
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Ricardo Santana Jr. is covered in mud after riding Whitmore in a race before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
May 05, 2018 - 4:55 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on Saturday's 144th running of the Kentucky Derby (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The mud is flying at rainy Churchill Downs, leaving jockeys' silks and faces coated in dirt and their horses covered in filth. Riders in races before the 144th running of the Kentucky...
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April 18, 2018 - 3:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hoping to increase diversity in American orchestras, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is making a $1.8 million grant over four years to three organizations joining together for a new initiative. The League of American Orchestras, the New World Symphony and The Sphinx Organization, a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2006 file photo, poet J.D. McClatchy discusses his English translation of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," at Lincoln Center in New York. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that McClatchy died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at his home in Manhattan. He was 72 and had been battling cancer. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
April 11, 2018 - 1:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — J.D. McClatchy, a revered and versatile man of letters praised as a poet, librettist, educator, editor and translator, died Tuesday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 72. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced that McClatchy, known as "Sandy" to his friends, had been battling...
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FILE - This March 15, 1999 file photo shows the sibling group The Staples Singers, from left, Pervis, Cleotha, Pops, Mavis, and Yvonne at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of her family's Staples Singers gospel group, has died at age 80. The Chicago funeral home Leak and Sons says that she died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at home in Chicago. (AP Photo/Albert Ferreira, file)
April 10, 2018 - 4:37 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Yvonne Staples, whose voice and business acumen powered the success of her family's Staples Singers gospel group, has died at age 80. Staples died Tuesday at home in Chicago, the Chicago funeral home Leak and Sons said. Yvonne performed with her sisters Mavis and Cleotha and their...
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