Latest Orchestral music News

NY Philharmonic to cut 500 seats in $550 million renovation

Dec. 2, 2019 3:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The capacity of the New York Philharmonic's much-maligned concert hall at Lincoln Center will be reduced by more than 500 seats as part of a $550 million renovation that will cause the orchestra to relocate during part of the 2023-24 season. Geffen Hall's reconstruction is slated for...

Conductor Mariss Jansons dies at 76; led top orchestras

Dec. 1, 2019 1:53 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mariss Jansons, conductor of top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. He was 76. Jansons’ death in St. Petersburg was confirmed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where...

Noseda, in his prime, lifting National Symphony Orchestra

Nov. 15, 2019 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After a piano rehearsal, two orchestra sessions and one concert performance together, soprano Christine Goerke gushed with praise for Gianandrea Noseda. "He doesn't just use his hands and his arms. He conducts with his entire body," she said. "And it is amazing, because when you see that...

Domingo to sing at 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival

Nov. 13, 2019 1:30 PM EST

Plácido Domingo is scheduled to sing two concert performances in Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)" next summer as part of the 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival, which features 221 performances over 44 days and includes seven staged operas. Domingo, who turns 79 in January, was dropped or...

Germany's president wraps up US charm offensive in Boston

Oct. 31, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Germany's president on Thursday called for shifting focus away from "tweets and tirades" and toward upholding democracy and strengthening the relationship between his country and the United States. Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave a brief speech at the Goethe Institute in Boston before attending...

Correction: Film-Bruce Springsteen story

Oct. 25, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about Bruce Springsteen's new concert film "Western Stars," The Associated Press reported erroneously that Bruce Springsteen's band was the E-Street Band. It is the E Street Band. A corrected version of the story is below. A corrected version of the story is below: For...

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...

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...

2 ex-nursing home workers charged with bilking 98-year-old

Oct. 7, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — Two former Chicago nursing home workers have been charged with bilking a 98-year-old woman with dementia out of more than $700,000. A Cook County state's attorney's office spokeswoman said Monday that Tameeka Wolfe and Christina Wright were each charged with one felony count of...