Classical music

July 02, 2018 - 9:23 am
Gianandrea Noseda will become general music director of the Zurich Opera in the 2021-22 season, adding to his position as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. The 54-year-old conductor's new post was announced Monday, 2½ months after he quit as music director of the...
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OBIT - In this April 27, 2015 file photo choreographer Gillian Lynne arrives to delivers her speech during a press presentation to promote the musical Cats, in Paris, France. Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 02, 2018 - 8:38 am
LONDON (AP) — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. He said...
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June 15, 2018 - 8:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic is considering allowing female musicians to wear pants while playing Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The New York Times reports that the 176-year-old orchestra has been quietly talking about relaxing its requirement that women wear floor-length black skirts or...
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In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Beach Boys musicians Mike Love, left, and Bruce Johnston, right, during an interview with Associated Press at Spiritland in London. The Beach Boys have a new CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra that gives a classical twist to their sunny 1960s hits. Classics like ‘Good Vibrations’ and ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ mix the band’s vocals with orchestral backing in an approach that’s worked earlier for tunes by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Aretha Franklin. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
June 14, 2018 - 8:43 am
LONDON (AP) — Summer is coming and the season in Britain is being marked by a return to the airwaves of the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun" with a new version featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The raucous teenage classic has been reborn with a classical twist, one of 16 Beach Boys tunes given...
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View of the stage at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)
June 10, 2018 - 10:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local): 10:55 p.m. Katrina Lenk has won the Tony Award for best actress in a musical for her work in "The Band's Visit." In the musical, Lenk plays a cafe owner in a small Israeli town who helps a lost Egyptian orchestra. Before rehearsals...
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June 05, 2018 - 2:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Opera has commissioned "Stonewall" by British composer Iain Bell to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. The company said Tuesday the work will premiere on June 19, 2019, nine days prior to the anniversary of the riots sparked by a...
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Hand balancer GretcheninMotion, right, soprano Christina Vial and pianist Michael Borowitz rehearse to Puccini's "Chi il bel sogno di Doretta" for tomorrow night's Opus Opera, pairing circus acrobatics and opera, in New Orleans, Friday, June 1, 2018. Bryan Hymel, an internationally acclaimed tenor from New Orleans is pairing circus acrobatics and opera, with a lot of help from his friends. The performance Saturday night will be the fourth in the hometown Opus Opera series he and his wife, soprano Irini Kyriakidou, and another couple - soprano Christina Vial and her husband, entrepreneur Patrick Comer - created to show their generation that opera really isn't stuffy. For this one, they've teamed with the owner of Fly Circus Space, a circus training center, to create vocal and visual duets, trios and larger ensembles. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 01, 2018 - 6:39 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An internationally acclaimed tenor from New Orleans is pairing circus acrobatics and opera, with a lot of help from his friends. "We want it to be fun. That's what we feel opera is," said Bryan Hymel , who has performed with opera companies around the world. The performance...
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2017 file photo, Rachel Platten performs on NBC's Today show at Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The singer-songwriter will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July Fourth. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
June 01, 2018 - 7:58 am
BOSTON (AP) — Singer-songwriter Rachel Platten will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on July Fourth. The 37-year-old is best known for her 2015 hits "Fight Song" and "Stand By You." The show features an all-female lineup including Indigo Girls, Rhiannon Giddens and Broadway legend...
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Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly, left, and La Scala's general director Alexander Pereira talk prior to the start of the press conference to present the 2018/2019 season, in Milan, Italy, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
May 30, 2018 - 12:41 pm
MILAN (AP) — The storied La Scala opera house will open the 2018-19 season with a new production of Verdi's "Attila," continuing the tradition of Italian opera, while introducing some novelty, including Woody Allen directing Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." General manager Alexander Pereira said...
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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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