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Huntsville music festival shutting down after 13-year run

Aug. 11, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama music festival that put the spotlight on chamber music has shut down after 13 years and nearly 100 performances by classical musicians from around the world. Twickenham Fest founders Susanna Phillips, a soprano, and Matthew McDonald, a...

Søndergård hired as music director of Minnesota Orchestra

Jul. 28, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård was hired Thursday as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra and given a five-year contract that starts with the 2023-24 season. Søndergård, 52, will have the title of music director designate during the 2022-23 season....

Australian TV soap 'Neighbours' screens star-studded finale

Jul. 28, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A crowd of staunch fans braved wet winter weather in downtown Melbourne on Thursday to watch outdoors the star-studded finale of the Australian television soap “Neighbours,” which ran for 37 years. Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason...

New opera has soprano scaling the heights -- literally

Jul. 28, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

Lauren Pearl is giving new meaning to the term high-flying soprano. Sure, her latest venture calls for her to sing up to a high C, but plenty of operatic heroines have to do that. What’s different in Pearl’s case is that she will be singing while scaling a 60-foot brick wall. ...

String quartet brings music to inmates in Mississippi prison

Jul. 21, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A string quartet performed classical music, movie scores and hymns during a concert this week inside a Mississippi prison. Two violinists, a viola player and a cellist from First Baptist Church of Jackson played for 68 inmates Tuesday at Central Mississippi...

US soprano, offended by blackface, pulls out of Italy opera

Jul. 16, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Soprano Angel Blue says she won’t perform in an opera in Italy this month because blackface was used in the staging of a different work this summer on the same stage. The U.S. singer posted a note on her angeljoyblue Instagram page saying she will be bowing out of...

Award-winning conductor, composer Bramwell Tovey dies

Jul. 13, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Bramwell Tovey, the London-born composer and conductor who’s been the principal conductor and artistic director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra since 2018, has died. Tovey died Tuesday at his Barrington home surrounded by his family, one day...

Live updates | Putin warns on NATO troops in Sweden, Finland

Jun. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The latest on the NATO summit in Madrid: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning Finland and Sweden that if they welcome NATO troops and military infrastructure onto their territory, Russia will respond in kind. He said Wednesday that Russia will...

Muti's legacy: respect composers, reject revisionists

Jun. 24, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the twilight of his music directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti candidly outlined his legacy and implored musicians to remember his instruction on Giuseppe Verdi’s operas: use the 19th century scores without altered notes. He urged them...

Chaka Khan, Ukraine tribute highlight Boston Pops show

Jun. 22, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the July Fourth holiday this year will feature guest artist and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan as well as a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday. The show at the...