Latest Classical music News

US first lady welcomed in Belgium with music and fashion

Jul. 11, 2018 5:38 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump returned to the international stage Wednesday as she mingled with the spouses of America's closest allies over classical music, fashion and chocolate. As President Donald Trump harangued Germany and other allies at a NATO summit in Brussels, his wife chatted...

Spears, Smith to write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati

Jul. 10, 2018 7:44 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Composer Gregory Spears and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to write "Castor and Patience," a story of black cousins in the American South who disagree about the future of land they inherited. The company said Tuesday that the work will...

Alhambra, museum directors take arts, history outside walls

Jul. 7, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Instead of going dark while their buildings are being remodeled, the directors of the Pennyroyal Arts Council and the Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County are taking the arts and history outside the walls. Both the Alahambra Theatre and the Pennyroyal Area Museum are...

Rescuers race to drain water inside Thai cave before rains

Jul. 5, 2018 7:27 AM EDT

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — With more rain coming, Thai rescuers are racing to pump out water from a flooded cave before they can extract 12 boys and their soccer coach with minimum risk, officials said Thursday. A firefighter who has been working on draining the water said parts of a passage leading to the...

Boston Symphony heading back outdoors to Tanglewood

Jul. 4, 2018 2:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra is returning to its seasonal home at Tanglewood. Music director Andris Nelsons will conduct works by Mozart and Tchaikovsky as the renowned orchestra kicks off its 2018 outdoor season on Friday evening at the western Massachusetts venue. Superstar pianist Lang...

Nile Rodgers elected Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman

Jul. 2, 2018 12:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Musician, producer and composer Nile Rodgers has a new role as chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Board members on Monday unanimously elected the 65-year-old guitarist. Rodgers will serve a three-year term, succeeding co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, known as Gamble &...

Royal Philharmonic says names Vasily Petrenko music director

Jul. 2, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra says Vasily Petrenko will succeed Charles Dutoit, who stepped down as artistic director and principal conductor following multiple allegations of sexual assault. Petrenko will be the orchestra's music director — a broad role that incorporates Dutoit's...

Noseda to replace Luisi as Zurich Opera music director

Jul. 2, 2018 11:58 AM EDT

Gianandrea Noseda will become general music director of the Zurich Opera in the 2021-22 season, adding to his position as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. The 54-year-old conductor's new post was announced Monday, 2½ months after he quit as music director of the Teatro...

Choreographer Gillian Lynne of 'Cats' fame dies at age 92.

Jul. 2, 2018 8:38 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Choreographer Gillian Lynne, who worked closely for many years with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on some of his most famous works, has died in London. She was 92. Her husband, the actor Peter Land, said on Twitter that she died Sunday evening at the Princess Grace Hospital. He said she...

Musician wins suit against ex who sabotaged his scholarship

Jun. 18, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has been ordered to pay more than $200,000 to her ex-boyfriend for sabotaging his opportunity at a prestigious scholarship because she didn't want him to leave. Eric Abramovitz, currently with the Nashville Symphony in Tennessee, is a Canadian clarinetist who in 2013 applied...