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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...

Met Opera starts regular Sunday matinees, breaking tradition

Oct. 7, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some in the audience wore tuxedos and evening gowns, others wore jeans and sneakers. There was even a man wearing a black sleeveless shirt and blue suede cowboy boots. The Metropolitan Opera began regular Sunday-afternoon staged performances for the first time in its 136-year history with...

'Wow child' is special guest of orchestra that inspired him

Oct. 4, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A boy who charmed the world by exclaiming "Wow!" at the end of a classical music performance was a special guest of the orchestra that inspired his delight. The Boston Globe reports 9-year-old Ronan Mattin, of New Hampshire, and his grandparents attended a dress rehearsal at Boston's Symphony...

A previously unreleased track from Franklin is coming out

Sep. 24, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording. "Big Band Holidays II" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has a holiday album that will feature the late icon singing "O Tannebaum." Franklin performed the song as she played the...

Opera's Domingo starts US performances amid allegations

Sep. 23, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When opera superstar Placido Domingo appeared in Europe last month after being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, his performances were greeted with rapturous ovations. This week, the spotlight moves to the U.S., where Domingo faces two investigations into his behavior and is...

Mazzola to succeed Davis as Lyric Opera music director

Sep. 12, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

There will be two Italian music directors in Chicago. Enrique Mazzola will become the top conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago following the retirement of Andrew Davis at the end of the 2020-21 season. Mazzola joins Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since the 2010-11 season. "It's...

Baltimore Symphony musicians hit management with complaint

Sep. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing orchestra management of unfair labor practices. News outlets report the charge was filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board. The musicians say the orchestra hasn't bargained in good...

Sheriff: Woman's body recovered; search resumes for children

Sep. 10, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Northern Mississippi authorities have recovered the body of a woman who crashed into the Mississippi River near Fitz Casino. WMC-TV reports Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp confirms the body of 29-year-old Symphony Wilson was found late Monday night. The two children who were also in...