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For Springsteen, 'Western Stars' made sense after book, play

Oct. 17, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Western Stars" was just the change of pace that Bruce Springsteen needed after baring his soul over the past few years. First, he shared his darkest secrets in his memoir, "Born to Run." Then he spent more than a year telling his story five nights a week in Springsteen on Broadway. So, an...

Review: Jim James taps orchestral sound on impressive album

Oct. 17, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

Jim James, Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra, "The Order of Nature" (Decca Gold) A piccolo and glockenspiel delicately flutter in as the voice of Jim James echoes out. Slowly, the song builds and the breadth of instrumentation becomes clear. You find yourself in a seat at a theater, an orchestra...

Placido Domingo's European cultural award delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Placido Domingo will not receive a European cultural award this weekend in Vienna as previously announced. It was the first change in the opera legend's European schedule since numerous accusations of sexual harassment in the United States were reported by The Associated Press. Officials at...

Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Oct. 13, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour service, from...

The Latest: Famous figures pay tribute to Jessye Norman

Oct. 12, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the public funeral for international opera star Jessye Norman (all times local): _____ 5 p.m. Famous faces, family members and close friends have honored the life and legacy of international opera icon Jessye Norman at her funeral. Norman's four-hour public service was...

For opera legend Placido Domingo, the show goes on in Europe

Oct. 12, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Even as his U.S. career seemingly winds down amid accusations of sexual harassment, opera legend Placido Domingo remains on the bill of a host of European opera houses. But cracks, even if slight, are beginning to show in his support. The 78-year-old singer who rose to stardom as a tenor has...

Late opera star Jessye Norman's US hometown honors her life

Oct. 11, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — International opera star Jessye Norman never forgot her home in a small Southern U.S. city. And Augusta, Georgia, never forgot the woman who grew up among many musical influences to become one of the few black opera singers to gain worldwide acclaim. Augusta is holding four days of...

The Latest: Opera star's hometown names street after her

Oct. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on ceremonies honoring renowned opera star Jessye Norman (All times local): 6 p.m. Jessye Norman's U.S. hometown has named a street for the late opera star. Students from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts in Augusta, Georgia, unveiled the sign honoring the soprano Friday....

Eagles plan massive 'Hotel California' performances on tour

Oct. 8, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eagles are planning massive performances of their album "Hotel California" during their 2020 tour. Performances of the band's 1976 album will include a 46-piece orchestra and a 22-voice choir. Organizers announced Tuesday that in total, 77 musicians are expected to be onstage while...

Mexico to pay homage to late crooner José José on Wednesday

Oct. 7, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says the late crooner José José will be feted at a homage at Mexico City*s Palace of Fine Arts on Wednesday. The Department of Culture said in a Monday night statement that the program will include participation by the National Symphonic Orquestra and...