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FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2018 file photo, singer Carrie Underwood poses with her husband Mike Fisher, and their son Isaiah Michael Fisher as they attend a ceremony honoring Underwood with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in Los Angeles.  Underwood's son provided the adorable vocals on “Little Drummer Boy,” one of the 11 tracks on the country superstar’s new Christmas album, “My Gift,” out Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Q&A: Underwood on holiday album and her little drummer boy

Sep. 25, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Award for cutest collaboration of the year goes to Carrie Underwood and her 5-year-old son Isaiah. He’s the little singing boy providing the adorable vocals on “Little Drummer Boy,” one of the 11 tracks on the country superstar’s new Christmas album,...

FILE - Terence Blanchard poses for a portrait at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 4, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history due to the novel coronavirus and intends to start the 2021-22 season with Terence Blanchard's

Met Opera skips this season, 1st Black composer opens '21-22

Sep. 23, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My...

Symphony taking concerts to patrons' homes, businesses

Sep. 21, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra can't give concerts in Powell Symphony Hall due to coronavirus restrictions, so musicians are taking performances straight to patrons — even to their homes. The symphony recently began its “On the Go” series that involves outdoor...

Louisville Orchestra offering 4 virtual concerts in fall

Sep. 18, 2020 4:15 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville Orchestra says it will launch an innovative fall season with four virtual concerts that will stream live and then be available for on-demand viewing. The virtual concerts are the orchestra's way of safely making music and serving Louisville during the coronavirus...

FILE - In this September 1983, file photo, Ann Getty, left, is followed by her husband, Gordon Getty, into Symphony Hall during opening night in San Francisco. Ann Getty, a longtime benefactor of the arts and culture in San Francisco, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. She was 79. She died of a heart attack, her husband Gordon Getty said. A native of Wheatland, California, Ann Getty and her husband Gordon Getty, an oil heir and billionaire philanthropist, were a regular presence of San Francisco's society events. At right are city administrator Roger Boas and his wife Nancy. (AP Photo/Eric Luse, File)

Longtime San Francisco benefactor Ann Getty dies at 79

Sep. 14, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ann Getty, a longtime benefactor of the arts and culture in San Francisco who married into the storied Getty family, died Monday. She was 79. She died of a heart attack, her husband Gordon Getty said. A native of Wheatland, California, Ann Getty and her husband Gordon Getty, an oil...

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New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys

Sep. 14, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — “All In: The Fight for Democracy": Directors Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés document a timely subject, voter...

A musician with alp horns perform on the roof of an apartment block for a concert featuring distant harmonies, at a time when cultural events have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, in the Prohlis neighborhood in Dresden, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. About 33 musicians of the Dresden Sinfoniker perform a concert named the 'Himmel ueber Prohils', The Sky above Prohlis, on the roof-tops of communist-era apartment blocs in the Dresden neighborhood Prohlis. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Rooftop alphorns power virus-safe concert in Germany

Sep. 12, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

DRESDEN, Germany (AP) — Musicians have taken to the roofs of apartment blocs with alphorns in the German city of Dresden to perform a concert featuring distant harmonies at a time when cultural events have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Dresdner Sinfoniker orchestra's performance on...

FILE - In this March 15, 2016 file photo, Bruce Springsteen, center, performs with Nils Lofgren, left, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band during their concert at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Springsteen will release a new rock album he recorded live in his New Jersey home studio with the E Street Band. The Boss said Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, the album is called “Letter to You” and he and the band recorded it in just five days. It will be released on Oct. 23. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band plan new album in Oct.

Sep. 10, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen will release a new rock album that he recorded in his New Jersey home studio with the E Street Band. The Boss said Thursday the album is called “Letter To You” and he and the band recorded it in just five days. It will be released on Oct. 23. “Letter...

FILE - In this March 23, 2012 file photo, Metropolitan Opera's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi appears at the final dress rehearsal of Jules Massenet's

Dallas Symphony among 1st US orchestras to return

Sep. 10, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

Fabio Luisi never expected his first performance as Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director to be in a mostly empty Meyerson Symphony Center. “Who could imagine this planetary thing?” the 61-year-old conductor said. He agreed in June 2018 to a contract with Dallas that starts this season and runs...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 3, 2018, Andrew Lloyd Webber is interviewed at Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, USA.

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns arts 'at point of no return'

Sep. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — “The Phantom of the Opera” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has told British lawmakers that the arts are “at the point of no return,” and urged the government to set a date for theaters to be allowed to reopen. Lloyd Webber spoke about the struggles of staging socially...