Latest Orchestral music News

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

Pet project: Musician creates a playlist for shelter animals

Apr. 11, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra's music director has gone to the dogs. And the cats. Yannick Nézet-Séguin (yah-NEEK' nay-ZAY' say-GEN') has curated a playlist for four-legged friends that's being piped into the shelter at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...

Correction: Chicago Symphony-Strike story

Apr. 9, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In a story April 8 about striking Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians rejecting a contract proposal, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the musicians' union. It's the Chicago Federation of Musicians, not the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. A corrected version of...

Chicago symphony may cancel more concerts; strike continues

Apr. 9, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra may cancel more concerts after striking musicians rejected what it calls its last, best and final offer on a new contract. Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association President Jeff Alexander called it "an exceptional, comprehensive compensation package" in a...

Los Angeles honors Jane Goodall on her 85th birthday

Apr. 3, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city leaders honored the lifetime achievements of famed primatologist Jane Goodall by singing "Happy Birthday" to her on her 85th birthday. Goodall vocalized a chimpanzee greeting Wednesday at the City Hall ceremony and pulled Mayor Eric Garcetti over to demonstrate how a...

Chicago symphony, striking musicians to restart negotiations

Apr. 3, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The union that represents striking Chicago Symphony musicians is returning to the bargaining table with orchestra officials. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra said in a Wednesday statement that it and the Chicago Federation of Musicians have "mutually agreed" to continue negotiations Friday. A...

Cities go dark for Earth Hour, bring light to climate change

Mar. 31, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Cities around the world marked Earth Hour on Saturday by turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. local time in a call for global action on climate change. Earth Hour, spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund, calls for greater awareness and more sparing use of resources, especially fossil fuels that...

Benatar, Etheridge added to Tanglewood summer lineup

Mar. 25, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

LENOX, Mass. (AP) — Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge and Richard Thompson have been added to Tanglewood's 2019 Popular Artist summer series. The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Monday that acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will join the summer lineup....

Chicago Symphony musicians' strike over wages, pension

Mar. 22, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A line of classical musicians marching with picket signs in front of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's historic downtown building is fast becoming one of the city's must-see spots. About 100 of the orchestra's musicians have been on strike since March 11, at odds with orchestra officials over...

R. Kelly case poses challenge: Separating artist from anthem

Mar. 16, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — When the recordings of the basic track arrived in Detroit from Chicago, Paul Riser Sr. knew it was time to get to work. But the orchestral arranger also knew he had something special to work with. "It hit me the same way like everyone else in the world: The lyrics are so simple, the melody...