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2 women working to diversify access to music in Wilmington

May. 23, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Christina Brier described music as a stability in her life. No matter what was going on as a child, she could always turn to her harp and find comfort in it. Now, Brier and her childhood friend Linda Estep are trying to spread the same comfort and joy to...

USC-Upstate grad’s bold artwork is gaining global acclaim

May. 23, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Early on a school day sometime in 2014, a retired police cruiser pulled around to the loading dock at Dorman High School. Strapped to the top of the Crown Victoria were a pair of giant canvases, paintings in progress for Ludovic Nkoth, who was trying,...

Lost for decades, Dorothy's dress from 'Oz' up for sale

Apr. 27, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's one of the most recognizable outfits in American movie history, the blue-and-white checked gingham dress a young Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in the classic 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz." For decades, one of the versions of the dress Garland wore in the...

Drummer, educator Theo Martey named NH Artist Laureate

Apr. 20, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Theo Martey, a teacher of West African drumming and dance and songwriter, is New Hampshire's next artist laureate. Martey, who was nominated by Gov. Chris Sununu, was confirmed by the Executive Council on Wednesday for the two-year honorary position. He had...

Ex-Michigan music professor gets prison on child sex charges

Apr. 15, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A former University of Michigan violin professor has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to transporting a girl across states lines for sex. A federal judge who sentenced Stephen Shipps, 69, on Thursday also ordered the Ann Arbor man to pay...

School district to pay $102M to students abused by teacher

Mar. 30, 2022 18:41 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A jury has awarded $102.5 million to two women who sued a Northern California school district over what they said was officials’ failure to stop a middle school teacher from sexually grooming and abusing them as minors. Parents had repeatedly complained about the former...

Professor pens book about famed musician during Holocaust

Mar. 26, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — The only hope for survival was on the stage. As growing Nazi power spread in Europe in the 1930s, famed cabaret player Willy Rosen fled his home in Germany to the Netherlands, as his Jewish heritage made him a target. Hitler’s forces made their way to his...

New Orleans school board reverses little known ban on jazz

Mar. 25, 2022 14:14 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With its president saying it had racist origins, the New Orleans school board has unanimously reversed a little known but century-old ban on jazz in schools in a city which played a huge role in developing jazz and where it is still played nightly at various venues. ...

Little-known 1922 rule bans jazz in New Orleans schools

Mar. 24, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The school board in the city where jazz took root is preparing to undo a little-known 1922 rule that bans jazz music and dancing in public schools. Officials tell The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate that the policy has racist origins, as its creators...

London Symphony, Simon Rattle work with California students

Mar. 22, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

Simon Rattle was getting ready to leave Europe for the first time since the start of the pandemic and head to California with the London Symphony Orchestra for a residency with students at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. “It’s kind of a miracle that it’s...