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Olympics ceremony uses music from Japanese video games

Jul. 23, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The athletes of the Tokyo Olympics were greeted by a few familiar notes Friday night. Those video game songs that get stuck in your head. An orchestral medley of songs from iconic Japanese video games served as the soundtrack for the...

Met Opera stagehands to return to work after lockout

Jul. 06, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stagehands at the Metropolitan Opera planned to return to work Wednesday after recommending their union ratify a new labor contract negotiated following a lockout that started last year. Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage...

Met Opera reaches agreement with locked out stagehands

Jul. 04, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera reached an agreement on a labor contract with its locked out stagehands, the second of three major deals needed to resume performances in September following the pandemic. The agreement was reached early Saturday, a person familiar...

Orchestra set to start in fall; CT virus rules up for a vote

Jul. 04, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland Symphony Orchestra isn’t playing at the Fourth of July extravaganza on the city’s East End beach, but it is gearing up to take the stage for the first time since the pandemic. The symphony will begin its season on Oct. 19 with a...

Beloit symphony director known for his musical sleuthing

Jul. 03, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — If you know any rap artists who are plagiarizing beats or lyrics, Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra (BJSO) Music Director Rob Tomaro might be writing a report on them. While he’s best known for conducting in Rock County, Tomaro’s professional skills are in high...

Los Angeles Philharmonic announces return to live concerts

Jun. 22, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Philharmonic will return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 9 after a 19-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021/22 season was announced Tuesday by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and executives of the LA...

Boston Symphony Orchestra to resume in-person performances

Jun. 18, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — In a move that will surely strike a chord with music fans, the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday announced plans to reopen Symphony Hall and resume in-person performances for a complete season starting in September. The BSO will open the 2021-2022 season...

New York Philharmonic to resume performances Sept. 17

Jun. 15, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will resume subscription performances in September following a historic 18-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting a shortened schedule of 78 concerts in a season shifted from Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall while the...

AP PHOTOS: Playing on at Italy's oldest music conservatory

Jun. 12, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Before the pandemic, students at Italy's oldest and largest music conservatory were always told to move “closer, closer, closer” when they played together. “Because you need to hear each other,'' said Cristina Frosini, director of the Giuseppe Verdi...

Boston Pops July Fourth live show returning, with changes

Jun. 11, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops traditional Fourth of July live show is returning this year but with some significant changes, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Friday. Instead of holding the show on the banks of the Charles River in Boston, the Pops will play in...