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Hungarians protest government control over top arts college

Oct. 24, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

BUDAPEST (AP) — Thousands of Hungarians marched on the streets of the capital Friday to protest government actions they claim strips one of the country’s most prestigious universities of its independence. The march, organized on a national holiday commemorating the anti-Soviet uprising of 1956,...

Hungarians march to protest Orban’s reach at top university

Oct. 23, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

BUDAPEST (AP) — Thousands of Hungarians marched on the streets of the Hungarian capital Friday to protest government actions that they claim strips one of the country’s most prestigious universities of its independence. The march, organized on the country’s national holiday commemorating the...

Berklee appoints first woman to lead music college

Oct. 23, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

The Berklee College of Music has chosen Erica Muhl to serve as the school's next president, making her the first woman to lead the institution in its 75-year history, officials at the Boston school announced this week. Muhl, a composer and conductor, previously led music and arts schools at the University of...

Wave of 'Nutcracker' cancellations hits dance companies hard

Oct. 11, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For many, it's not Christmas without the dance of Clara, Uncle Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince. But this year the coronavirus pandemic has canceled performances of “The Nutcracker” around the U.S. and Canada,...

Florida theater, teachers collaborate during the pandemic

Oct. 11, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — “Tarzan,” “Annie,” “Freaky Friday” and “The Addams Family” were all shows high school theater students in Okaloosa County rehearsed for many hours for three months but never got to perform. When the pandemic started, the...

Theatre in North Carolina launches Billie Holiday musical

Oct. 5, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Gregory L. Horton said he likes to think of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” as less a play than a “song-versation.” Horton is directing the season-opening musical about blues and jazz singer Billie Holiday for Cape Fear Regional Theatre....

Spartan band high steps through pandemic at a distance

Sep. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Samantha Barringer was in eighth grade when she first dreamed of leading the Spartan Marching Band up and down the field in front of thousands of fans. That dream was supposed to come true this fall. Barringer, a sophomore who high-stepped with the Big Ten Flags Corps during pregame...

Music conference to celebrate singer, educator Patterson

Sep. 13, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The 90th birthday of legendary bass singer and University of Michigan alum and professor emeritus Willis Patterson will be celebrated virtually. Scholars, composers and performers from across the U.S. are expected to attend the Sept. 18-20 African American Music Conference. The...

Rodock ready to teach ukulele

Sep. 13, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — Music is a universal language and one that Cheryl Oliver’s son, Hal Johnson, knew well. “One of Hal’s passions was playing the guitar and other stringed instruments, and he seemed determined to get everyone in his world strumming,” Oliver, former executive...

Students of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE) and their sympathizers form a human chain in protest against changes to the way the university is governed in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.  (Marton Monus/MTI via AP)

Hungary's theater & film college protests a loss of autonomy

Sep. 6, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Thousands of students, faculty and supporters of Hungary’s University of Theater and Film Arts formed a human chain Sunday between their institution and parliament to protest government steps seen diminishing its autonomy. Those at the protest passed from hand to hand a...