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San Francisco Opera commissions Huang Ruo's `The Monkey King' for 2025 premiere, based on novel

Feb. 20, 2024 16:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera commissioned Huang Ruo to compose “The Monkey King,” based on an episode from the 16th century Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” for a fall 2025 premiere. David Henry Hwang, whose “M Butterfly” won the 1988 Tony Award for...

Once banned by communists, Poland's stately 18th century dance garners UNESCO honors

Feb. 20, 2024 03:51 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Once banned by rulers dispatched from Moscow, Poland's stately polonaise dance that nurtured the country's spirit even through the dark years of its partition is now honored by UNESCO. This 18th century dance has been performed from aristocratic balls to...

How Ziggy Marley helped bring the authenticity to ‘Bob Marley: One Love’

Feb. 18, 2024 13:45 PM EST

People had been coming to Ziggy Marley and his family for years with ideas about how to turn reggae icon Bob Marley’s life into a movie. But it never felt quite right, until a few years ago when they decided to be the instigators. “It was just a feeling,” Ziggy Marley said of...

Bradley Cooper laments lack of public awareness of Leonard Bernstein

Feb. 15, 2024 15:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Gushing after the New York Philharmonic performed Leonard Bernstein’s music, Bradley Cooper talked about creating the film “Maestro ″ in hopes of drawing more attention to the composer and conductor. “Many people don’t know who he is,” the actor and...

La Scala concert features violins that inmates made from battered migrant boats

Feb. 13, 2024 15:20 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The violins, violas and cellos played by the Orchestra of the Sea in its debut performance at Milan’s famed Teatro alla Scala carry with them tales of desperation and redemption. The wood that was bent, chiseled and gouged to form the instruments was recovered from...

Missy Mazzoli's 'The Listeners' to get US premiere at Opera Philadelphia on Sept. 25

Feb. 13, 2024 08:47 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Missy Mazzoli's “The Listeners” will be given its delayed U.S. premiere on Sept. 25 to open the season of the Opera Philadelphia, which abandoned the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's “Woman with Eyes Closed” because of budget. “The Listeners,”...

Today in History: February 12, composer and pianist Eubie Blake dies at 96

Feb. 12, 2024 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2024. There are 323 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1983, composer and pianist Eubie Blake, who wrote such songs as “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and...

How a run-down Ford launched a music revolution that swept Brazil’s Carnival

Feb. 10, 2024 19:19 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Sound begins blasting ear drums and rattling bones even before the speakers — hauled by big rigs creeping their way through Brazil’s thronging Carnival crowds — draw near. The behemoth sound trucks known as electric trios are a Brazilian innovation that...

Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Sade, Oasis and Ozzy Osbourne among Rock Hall nominees for '24

Feb. 10, 2024 11:55 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Cher, Lenny Kravitz, the late Sinéad O’Connor and heavy metal's so-called Prince of Darkness are some the 2024 nominees for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a wide musical net that also includes the pop-soul of Sade and Britpoppers...

Acclaimed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who led the Boston Symphony Orchestra, dies at age 88

Feb. 09, 2024 17:31 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Seiji Ozawa, the Japanese conductor who amazed audiences with the lithe physicality of his performances during three decades at the helm of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has died, his management office said Friday. He was 88. The internationally acclaimed maestro,...