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Orchestra Kentucky stays active during pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, Orchestra Kentucky is staying busy. Whether it is honoring its members, providing new music for the Fourth of July or preparing for what lies ahead, Orchestra Kentucky has remained active, trying to continue to serve the musical needs of...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein, Austria. Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Jul. 5, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria. The concert...

Parade goers draped in American flags walk down the street before a Fourth of July parade begins Saturday, July 4, 2020, in Bristol, R.I. The town, which lays claim to the nation's oldest Independence Day celebration in the country, held a vehicle-only scaled down version of its annual parade Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A Fourth with less fizzle during pandemic in New England

Jul. 4, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

The Fourth of July had many of the traditional trappings in New England despite the coronavirus pandemic: Cheap lobsters, warm weather and barbecues. But absent were large crowds and most public fireworks displays on Saturday. The pandemic contributed to a low-key Independence Day. The Boston Pops canceled its...

A surprise display of fireworks sponsored by Macy's explode over the Hudson Yards area of Manhattan as seen from a pier in Hoboken, N.J., late Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Coronavirus concerns are changing the way the holiday is celebrated. In New York, the Macy's annual summer spectacle was replaced by a series of smaller, surprise shows. They’ve been ringing out all week, leading into the televised finale Saturday. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

From big cities to backyards, July 4 not usual blowout bash

Jul. 2, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The idea sounds almost un-American. The Fourth of July was always a time for communities to come together, daylong celebrations with patriotic parades in the morning and fireworks finales to cap it off. This year, people are being urged to stay home. If they want a show, watch it on TV....

Symphony picks opera director as new executive director

Jun. 28, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Symphony Orchestra has named the managing director of an opera company in South Africa as its new executive director. Elise Brunelle takes over for Ben Cadwallader, who stepped down in February to take a similar post with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra...

A woman wearing a face mask in concern for the coronavirus, passes a display in a shop window, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Deaths surpass 8,000; Baker proposes $275M recovery package

Jun. 26, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts hit another somber coronavirus milestone Friday as the number of confirmed and probable pandemic-related deaths climbed past 8,000. The state Department of Public Health reported 50 new deaths and 233 new confirmed or probable cases, a slight uptick from the 226 new cases...

Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti, top center, prepares to direct a concert at the Ravenna Festival, in Ravenna, Northern Italy, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Riccardo Muti has sent a resounding message that live classical music has returned the Italian stage after the coronavirus lockdown with a full summer festival program in his adopted Ravenna. (AP Photo/Colleen Barry)

From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene

Jun. 22, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Conducting a joyful Mozart motet, Riccardo Muti sent a resounding message Sunday night, that live classical music has returned to the Italian stage after the coronavirus lockdown. A full summer festival program is planned in his adopted home of Ravenna, even as the musical outlook...

As choirs go digital, technology is a new virtuoso skill

Jun. 21, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — You may have seen those videos of musicians singing or playing music together, virtually, with everyone in their own little square. It’s now one of the only ways that performing arts groups can connect with audiences. But those videos take a new kind of skill that most choirs...

FILE - In this July 4, 2019, file photo, fireworks seen from the Lincoln Memorial explode over the Potomac River in Washington. President Donald Trump is moving ahead with a lower-key “Salute to America

White House announces plans for July 4th celebration

Jun. 19, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving ahead with a lower-key “Salute to America" celebration this year on July Fourth, despite concerns from some lawmakers about the crowds the event could generate during the coronavirus pandemic. Washington has held an Independence Day celebration for...

Symphony board suspends events, furloughs staff, musicians

Jun. 12, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Symphony board of directors decided on Friday to suspend programs through next July and furlough its music director and other full-time staff and dozens of musicians due to the coronavirus pandemic. The symphony has had to cancel or reschedule more than 65 concerts and...