Latest Classical music News

Opera about a school shooting's aftermath has its US premiere in San Francisco

May. 28, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An uneasy orchestral prelude sets the mood: muffled percussion, brooding woodwinds, anguished strings. The curtain rises and the first voices we hear are of two young men cowering in the shadows. “I … I … I can’t ….go to work,” one stammers in...

Music Review: RM of BTS has a new solo album, ‘Right Place, Wrong Person,’ an elastic experiment

May. 24, 2024 11:56 AM EDT

All seven members of BTS are currently serving South Korea’s compulsory enlistment for men of a certain age — and in what should feel like an absence, the K-pop boy band is keeping their fans occupied with a steady release schedule of eclectic solo material. Next up is rapper RM’s second solo...

Today in History: May 24, first night game in Major League Baseball

May. 24, 2024 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, May 24, the 145th day of 2024. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1935, the first Major League Baseball game to be played at night took place at Cincinnati’s Crosley...

Music Review: Lenny Kravitz leans on the funk with glorious 'Blue Electric Light'

May. 22, 2024 13:31 PM EDT

The bass is banging, the guitars are shrieking and Lenny Kravitz is howling on “Blue Electric Light,” the rocker's best stuff in years, offering a welcome blast of funk in 2024. There's joy and swagger in almost every track, with Kravitz showing his knack for adding cool stuff to...

Music Review: Twenty One Pilots' concept album 'Clancy' is an energizing end of an era

May. 21, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

The end of an era has come for Twenty One Pilots, and what an ending it is. The alternative pop-rock duo, made up of vocalist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun, have long been candid about anxiety and depression, themes often represented in Joseph's lyrics as he sings, raps and...

Music Review: Billie Eilish's 'Hit Me Hard and Soft' is zealous outsider pop in a league of her own

May. 17, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

“Am I acting my age now?” Billie Eilish, 22, wonders aloud on the opening track to her ambitious third album, “Hit Me Hard and Soft.” "Am I already on the way out?” The 10-track release sees a once-in-a-generation pop performer once again rewriting the...

Rock band Cage the Elephant emerge from loss and hospitalization with new album 'Neon Pill'

May. 16, 2024 09:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To say Cage the Elephant's latest album had a turbulent birth would be an understatement. The band dealt with the deaths of loved ones, the pandemic and their lead singer's arrest and hospitalization. “It’s no secret that I had a medical crisis,” Matt Shultz...

Fans flock to Paris to cheer as Lise Davidsen becomes classical music's Taylor Swift

May. 13, 2024 15:58 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Taylor Swift isn't the only singer fans are flocking to Paris to hear. Lise Davidsen has become classical music’s biggest draw, attracting crowds to the Paris Opéra for her first performances in the title role of Strauss’ “Salome” during the same week Swift...

Washington Opera offers new ending to Puccini's final work

May. 08, 2024 10:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since Giacomo Puccini died without finishing his last opera, “Turandot,” audiences have thrilled to its soaring melodies like “Nessun Dorma,” but also perhaps lamented the lack of a proper ending. Now the Washington National Opera is offering an...

North West joins starry concert event of 'The Lion King' at Hollywood Bowl

May. 08, 2024 10:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — North West, the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, is going from “Paw Patrol” to another animal project: A starry “Lion King” concert. West joins a cast that includes Heather Headley, Billy Eichner, Bradley Gibson,...