Classical music

This combination photo shows Oscar-nominated composers, from left, John Williams, for the film "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Carter Burwell, for the film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Alexandre Desplat, for the film, "The Shape of Water," and Hans Zimmer, for the film "Dunkirk." (AP Photo)
March 01, 2018 - 7:12 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's not often that a composer is asked to provide musical accompaniment to a woman having sex with a fish monster. It's almost as rare that a composer is asked to conduct a big-city symphony in a performance of his movie score the same week he's expected to win an Oscar for it...
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February 25, 2018 - 2:38 pm
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — The late music icon Marian Anderson will be celebrated in her Connecticut hometown on the 121st anniversary of her birth. Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has scheduled the community gathering for Tuesday. The opera singer is credited with breaking down barriers...
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This Dec. 10, 2014 image released by the San Diego Symphony shows conductor Rafael Payare in New York. The San Diego Symphony today announced that acclaimed conductor Rafael Payare will become their next music director. Payare will begin a four-year contract immediately, serving as music director designate for the first year, and begin the role of music director on July 1, 2019. (J Henry Fair/San Diego Symphony via AP)
February 15, 2018 - 5:15 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Even in the throes of crisis, Venezuela keeps churning out one export prized the world over: classical music maestros. The latest addition to the country's growing cadre of top-flight musical talent is Rafael Payare, who was named musical director of the San Diego Symphony...
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February 10, 2018 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The bass got an extra tasty role at the Metropolitan Opera. Instead of a prop, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo was served fresh pasta cooked by celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich. Bastianich prepared the course on stage during a performance of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love...
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This Jan. 12, 2018 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera shows a performance of Donizetti's “L'Elisir d'Amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) which will be broadcast to movie theaters worldwide on Saturday, Feb. 10, as part of the Met's Live in HD series. (Metropolitan Opera via AP)
February 06, 2018 - 10:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sgt. Belcore doesn't get the girl in Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"), but Davide Luciano is OK with that. The Italian baritone is making his Metropolitan Opera (and U.S.) debut as the "other man" who threatens to take the heroine, Adina, away from the bumbling...
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FILE - In this July 13, 2017, file photo, Roger Daltrey of The Who performs during the Festival d'ete de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, that Daltrey and the Boston Pops will open the season June 15 with a performance of The Who’s iconic rock opera “Tommy.” It will be Daltrey’s first performance at the venue since 1970. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
January 24, 2018 - 11:05 am
LENOX, Mass. (AP) — The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, the Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton and Andy Grammer are among the artists added to Tanglewood's Popular Artists series this summer. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that Daltrey and the Boston Pops will open...
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January 24, 2018 - 8:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Composer Huck Hodge has won a $200,000 prize designed to free up creative time. On Wednesday, the American Academy of Arts and Letters told The Associated Press that Hodge is this year' recipient of the Charles Ives Living award. The intention is for a "promising" composer to work...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, chief conductor Charles Dutoit rehearses with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia. Six more women have stepped forward to accuse the prominent conductor of sexually assaulting them in the United States, France and Canada, including a musician who says the maestro raped her in 1988. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
January 12, 2018 - 7:17 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Conductor Charles Dutoit's name has become so toxic following accusations of sexual assault that Canada's national broadcaster has stopped saying his name on air when radio stations play his music. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. spokeswoman Emma Bedard said Friday that CBC...
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Soprano Veronica Simeoni, center, performs as Carmen in George Bizet opera at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino theater in Florence, Italy, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Carmen, the opera heroine, gets to live instead of being slain — thanks to a bold twist to the finale of the Bizet work by some who believe it's time to say enough to violence against women. (Pietro Paolini/Maggio Musicale Fiorentino via AP)
January 11, 2018 - 7:47 am
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Carmen, the opera heroine, gets to live instead of being slain — thanks to a bold twist to the finale of the Georges Bizet work by some who believe it's time to say enough to violence against women. The production of "Carmen" this month at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2003, file photo, conductor Charles Dutoit performs with NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Japan. A Canadian orchestra is launching an investigation in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Dutoit. A spokesman for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, where Dutoit served as music director for nearly 25 years, confirmed Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, he is the subject of a complaint. (Kyodo News via AP)
December 29, 2017 - 3:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Joshua Weilerstein will replace Charles Dutoit and lead performances with the New York Philharmonic following sexual assault allegations against the renowned conductor. The New York Philharmonic made the announcement Friday and said its French program spotlighting Ravel "remains...
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