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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author Dan Brown arrives for the premiere of the movie

No conspiracy this time: Dan Brown writing children's book

Feb. 20, 2020 2:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Brown's next book will have a lighter, more musical touch. The “Da Vinci Code” author is working on a picture story, “Wild Symphony," scheduled to be published Sept. 1. Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, announced the book Thursday and...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Opera star Placido Domingo listens to applause at the end of a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a week-long singing competition organized by Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year detailed accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct.  (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest

Feb. 19, 2020 3:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Placido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year...

Long-time Owensboro Symphony Orchestra employee Carl Davis previews the pre-concert announcement for the symphony's James Bond concert during a rehearsal on Jan. 31, 2020 in Cannon Hall at the RiverPark Center. (Greg Eans/The Messenger-Inquirer via AP)

Man's work with Owensboro Symphony Orchestra spans 47 years

Feb. 17, 2020 10:34 AM EST

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Carl Davis was fascinated after hearing the “Lone Ranger” on the radio when he was 8 years old, but not by the program. Davis was captivated by the show’s theme song. “I did a lot of research, even at a young age like that, to figure out where that theme...

FILE - In this May 20, 2006, file photo, soprano Deborah Voigt performs during the Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring the Met's General Manager Joseph Volpe in New York. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy ran an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was accompanied by a large photo that filled more than half the page of Voigt. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

Voigt shocked paper ran her photo with Freni's obituary

Feb. 14, 2020 5:55 PM EST

Deborah Voigt was in California earlier this week when she got a text from a friend on the East Coast. "So sorry to hear the news of your passing," read the Monday message. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy had run an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was...

This undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows set model by Jan Versweyveld for the new production of Jake Heggie's

Heggie's `Dead Man Walking' gets Met Opera premiere in 20-21

Feb. 13, 2020 3:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of pushing, Joyce DiDonato has been granted a big wish: The Metropolitan Opera is mounting Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" for the mezzo-soprano next season. Twenty seasons after the work's world premiere, it arrives at the Met on April 8, 2021, in a production directed by Tony...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2016, file photo, Hungarian conductor and pianist Gyorgy Kurtag, second right, is applauded next to his wife Marta Kurtag, right, on the occasion of his 90th birthday during his anniversary concert at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. The American premiere of Kurtag's

Kurtág opera to get US premiere from NY Philharmonic in 2021

Feb. 12, 2020 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The American premiere of György Kurtág's "Fin de Partie," based on Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," will be presented by the New York Philharmonic in June 2021. The Philharmonic announced its season Wednesday and said the opera will be given staged performances on June 10 and 12 at...

A notice announces no entry to customers with out protective face masks at a pharmacy in Hong Kong, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. China is reporting a rise in new virus cases, denting optimism that disease control measures which isolated major cities might be working. AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

More businesses reopen in China, but many people stay home

Feb. 10, 2020 3:33 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home. Public health authorities are watching closely to see...

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, Italian opera soprano Mirella Freni poses at the 44th MIDEM (International record music publishing and video music market) in Cannes, southern France. Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall opera audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni's manager said she died Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 at her home in Modena, Italy. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84

Feb. 9, 2020 6:19 PM EST

Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni died Sunday at her home in Modena, Italy, from a degenerative muscular disease and a series of stokes, according to her...

FILE - This Oct. 9, 2015 file photo shows Marin Alsop conducting a concert in Cathedral Square in Havana, Cuba. Alsop has been hired as the first chief conductor of the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The 63-year-old was given a two-year appointment. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan, File)

Marin Alsop become's Ravinia's 1st chief conductor

Feb. 5, 2020 2:50 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Marin Alsop has been hired as the first chief conductor of the Ravinia Festival, the summer home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The 63-year-old was given a two-year appointment, the festival said Wednesday. She will conduct two weeks annually starting this year and will include programs...

Police officers stand guard as protesters stage a rally calling for a ban on Chinese people entering South Korea in front of the Chinese embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. The death toll in mainland China from the new type of virus has risen to 425, with the total number of cases now standing at 20,438, officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

National Symphony cancels 3 China concerts due to virus

Feb. 4, 2020 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled two concerts in Beijing and one in Shanghai next month following China's virus outbreak. Music director Gianandrea Noseda had been scheduled to lead performances in Beijing on March 13 and March 14 followed by a concert in Shanghai on March 17,...