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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...

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 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 - 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,...

FILE- In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, Hong Kong singer Andy Lau performs during his concert in Hong Kong. Concerts and shows are being canceled, not just in China but across much of Asia, as a virus outbreak that has killed more than 300 people and reached more then 20 countries spooks the entertainment industry. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Shows canceled as virus outbreak spooks Asian entertainers

Feb. 4, 2020 3:09 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Concerts and shows are being canceled, not just in China but across much of Asia, as a virus outbreak that has killed more than 300 people and reached more than 20 countries spooks the entertainment industry. Performances have been called off or postponed in South Korea,...

FILE — In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, Andris Nelsons gestures towards the musicians prior to conducting a joint concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Germany's visiting Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, at Symphony Hall, in Boston. The orchestra has cancelled its coming tour of Asia amid concerns about the deadly virus in China. Andris Nelsons, the orchestra's music director, said Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, that the decision was made out of concern for the “health and well-being” of its musicians.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Boston Symphony cancels Asia tour amid China virus outbreak

Jan. 30, 2020 12:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra has canceled its coming tour of Asia amid concerns about the deadly virus in China. Andris Nelsons, the orchestra's music director, said Thursday that the decision was made out of concern for the “health and well-being” of its musicians....

Nelsons to conduct ex-wife Opolais during Carnegie festival

Jan. 28, 2020 2:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall's 2020-21 season will feature a festival titled, "Voices of Hope: Artists in Times of Oppression," which includes Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons conducting a concert performance of Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" on April 14 starring his...

Billie Eilish accepts the award for record of the year for

The Latest: Billie Eilish wins 5 in dominant Grammys

Jan. 27, 2020 12:06 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grammy Awards, being presented Sunday at Los Angeles' Staples Center (all times local): 8:38: p.m. Billie Eilish has won album of the year and record of the year to cap a dominant night of five victories at the Grammy Awards. The 18-year-old Eilish won album of the...