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Muti extends to 2022-23 as Chicago Symphony music director

Sep. 23, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

Absent from Chicago since February 2020 due to the pandemic, Riccardo Muti walked into Orchestra Hall and started to rehease Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” “It was a very, very emotional moment when I walked on stage and I went to the podium because the...

Met season to open with first-ever opera by Black composer

Sep. 23, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Blow recalls being in the audience at the premiere of the opera based on his memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” and watching the scene that depicts his sexual abuse as a child by an older cousin. “To be honest,” he said, “it was more...

Under Taliban, thriving Afghan music scene heads to silence

Sep. 23, 2021 00:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, the music is going quiet. The last time the militant group ruled the country, in the late 1990s, it outright banned music. So far this time, the government set up by the Taliban hasn’t...

Met Opera to stage Anthony Davis' `X' on Malcolm X in 2023

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a Black composer, Anthony Davis’ “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” just two years after its first. The company said Thursday that “X” will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert...

Van Zweden to leave New York Philharmonic after 2023-24

Sep. 15, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jaap van Zweden will leave the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2023-24 season after six years as music director, the shortest tenure of anyone in a half-century. Van Zweden cited the coronavirus pandemic as causing him to change priorities. He...

Operatic day at the beach evokes climate crisis

Sep. 14, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — How do you turn a performance space in Brooklyn into a day at the beach? Answer: Truck in 21 tons of sand from New Jersey in 50-pound bags and dump them out onto the floor — all 840 of them. That’s how the production crew at the...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-24

Sep. 13, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-25: Sept. 19: Actor Rosemary Harris is 94. Actor David McCallum (“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “NCIS”) is 88. Singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers is 81. Singer Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 81....

Poignant return for Met Opera after 18-month pandemic pause

Sep. 12, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the first note, there were a pair of standing ovations — one when the chorus filed in and another when concertmaster Benjamin Bowman walked on to tune up the orchestra. About 90 minutes later, when conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin relaxed...

Thousands gather in Greece for composer Theodorakis' funeral

Sep. 09, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

Political leaders, family members and thousands of fans paid their final respects to Greek music great Mikis Theodorakis who was buried Thursday on the island of Crete. Holding flowers and olive branches, onlookers dressed in black sang songs composed by Theodorakis as...

Hundreds pay their respects to Greek composer Theodorakis

Sep. 06, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of people, some carrying flowers, gathered Monday at Athens Cathedral to pay their final respects to Greek composer and politician Mikis Theodorakis, who was an integral part of the Greek political and musical scene for decades. ...