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Fleming, Nézet-Séguin release recording on climate change

Oct. 27, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Their travel and performance limited during the pandemic, soprano Renée Fleming and Yannick Nézet-Séguin brainstormed on songs they could perform together at a piano and concluded on a theme of climate change. “I’ve been thinking for years about...

Bernard Haitink, renowned Dutch conductor, dies at 92

Oct. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

Bernard Haitink, a Dutch conductor of refinement and grace who led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years and held leadership positions in London, Chicago and Boston, died at his home in London on Thursday, his management agency announced. He was 92. Haitink was...

Canadian wins 18th Chopin international piano competition

Oct. 20, 2021 22:09 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Bruce (Xiaoyu) Liu of Canada was named early Thursday as the winner of the 40,000-euro ($45,000) first prize in the 18th Frederic Chopin international piano competition, a prestigious event that launches pianists’ world careers. The announcement...

12 pianists in final stage of prestigious Chopin competition

Oct. 18, 2021 05:48 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Twelve pianists from around the world have been admitted to play in the final stage of the 18th edition of the prestigious Frederic Chopin piano competition, reputed for launching world careers for its finalists. In a sign of appreciation for the...

Stutzmann to follow Spano as Atlanta Symphony music director

Oct. 13, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

Nathalie Stutzmann, the French-born contralto turned conductor, will succeed Robert Spano as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2022-23 season and become the second woman to lead a major American orchestra. The 56-year-old agreed to a...

Symphony leads drive to collect instruments for students

Oct. 10, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, community groups and local businesses are hoping to collect 2,500 new and used instruments for kindergarten through 12th grade students in Detroit. The effort runs through the end of October and supports its Detroit Harmony...

Cuba's danzón genre: '150 years later, it's still alive.'

Oct. 08, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

MATANZAS, Cuba (AP) — A man in a white guayabera approaches a woman and stretches out his hand, palm up, inviting her to dance. She stands up and waves her fan. On the dance floor, they get closer. Such a scene at the end of the 19th century in Cuba was scandalous in...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute required innovative donations

Oct. 06, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

The upcoming world premiere at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra of a classical music piece inspired by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably have been impossible if not for a bunch of lawyers in the Chicago area, a Long Island fine arts foundation and an award-winning...

DSO to resume full-capacity concerts at Orchestra Hall

Oct. 05, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to hold its first full-capacity concert at Orchestra Hall since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poems describing the stunning fountains and graceful pines...

Symphony about climate change to headline Maine festival

Oct. 04, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The headlining event of this year's Maine Science Festival will be a musical exploration of climate change. The organizers of the festival said they commissioned composer Lucas Richman to create a symphony about hope in the era of climate change in...