Classical music

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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March 27, 2018 - 3:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons and soprano Kristine Opolais say they have divorced. The conductor and the singer were both born in Latvia. They were married in 2011 and have a 6-year-old daughter, Adriana Anna. They announced their divorce Tuesday in a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2012 file photo, Jose Antonio Abreu, founder of Venezuela's network of youth orchestras known as 'El Sistema' or The System, attends an event at the Teresa Carreno Theater in Caracas, Venezuela. Abreu died Saturday, March 24, 2018. He was 79. No cause has been given but the government economist turned musical educator had been known to be battling several illnesses ever since he retired from El Sistema a few years ago. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
March 24, 2018 - 7:44 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jose Antonio Abreu, the Venezuelan government economist turned musical educator who created a network of youth orchestras that has been replicated in dozens of countries around the world, died Saturday. He was 79. His death was announced by the newspaper El Universal,...
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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 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 Met Opera has fired music director emeritus James Levine, finding "credible evidence" of "sexually abusive" conduct. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
March 12, 2018 - 6:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — James Levine, whose 46-year career at the Metropolitan Opera established him as a towering figure in classical music, was fired by the company on Monday after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and became one of the...
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March 07, 2018 - 4:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Clustered around a touchscreen at the Sept. 11 museum, a group of high school students inscribed a message that began, "#neveragain." The sentiment fit where they were, but also where they were coming from: the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last month. The Marjory...
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This Oct. 6, 2017 photo provided by the Kennedy Center, shows Q-Tip performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Long considered a bastion of upper-class white elitism, the Kennedy Center is making an overt play to embrace hip hop music and culture. America’s pre-eminent performing arts institution has gradually introduced rap music into its programming. (Jati Lindsay/Kennedy Center via AP)
March 03, 2018 - 12:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was late October 2017 and a packed house of VIPs had gathered at Washington's Kennedy Center to watch David Letterman receive the Mark Twain award for a career in comedy. A stream of comedians took the stage to sing Letterman's praises, and several couldn't resist taking good-...
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