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Musical director Riccardo Frizza, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, directs the orchestra during rehearsals for Gaetano Donizetti's opera, Marino Faliero, at the Donizetti theater in Bergamo, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2020. In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo  devastated by coronavirus reopened this weekend after three years of renovations.   (Gianfranco Rota/Teatro Donizetti via AP)

In Italy, theater reopens in town devastated by COVID

Nov. 23, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of renovations. But the planned gala celebration had to be postponed, and new productions for an annual festival dedicated to...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 file photo, an empty street in front of La Scala opera house, left, is illuminated by a red traffic light in Milan, Italy. After a rash of COVID-19 infections among musicians and chorus members, the Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled. The theater’s board of directors on Wednesday concluded that the pandemic’s situation and Italy’s anti-COVID-19 measures, which include closure of theaters until at least Nov. 24, won’t allow for “achieving a production open to the public and of the level and with the characteristics required”  for the premiere. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )

With performers infected, La Scala season premiere canceled

Nov. 4, 2020 4:15 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled after a rash of coronavirus infections among musicians and chorus members. The theater’s board of directors concluded Wednesday that the...

FILE - This May 12, 2020 file photo shows Carnegie Hall in New York. Carnegie Hall has extended its closure due to the novel coranavirus pandemic through April 5, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Carnegie Hall to remain closed through April 5

Oct. 29, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall has extended its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic through April 5. The decision announced Thursday leaves only the possibility of performances at the very tail end of the hall’s 2020-21 season. Carnegie has been closed since March 12 and last June has canceled...

FILE - This May 12, 2020 file photo shows David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, closed during COVID-19 lockdown, in New York. The New York Philharmonic will miss an entire season for the first time in its 178-year history and is seeking to expedite the renovation of David Geffen Hall that had been set to impact performances through February 2024. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

New York Philharmonic cancels entire 2020-21 season

Oct. 13, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will miss an entire season for the first time in its 178-year history and is seeking to expedite the renovation of David Geffen Hall that had been set to impact performances through February 2024. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda said Tuesday that cancellations...

Hong Kong orchestra quarantines after member contracts COVID

Oct. 13, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — About 100 members of a Hong Kong orchestra are being quarantined after one of its members tested positive for the coronavirus. A bass clarinet player for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra was infected, according to a Facebook post by fellow orchestra member Andrew Simon. Simon, the...

A medical staff takes a swab from a child as residents wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix via AP)

Asia Today: China city says it's tested 3 million for virus

Oct. 13, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak in nearly two months. The city’s health department said no new cases have been...

Members of the NY Phil Bandwagon, from left, violinist Fiona Simon, countertenor and producer Anthony Roth Costanzo, violinist Curtis Stewart and viola player Robert Rinehart perform in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The NY Phil Bandwagon travels to three unannounced locations around New York City, Friday through Sunday, for an impromptu pullup chamber music concert as part of the New York Philharmonic's Fall 2020 activities. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

With concert halls shut, NY Philharmonic takes to sidewalk

Oct. 13, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With performance halls shut because of the coronavirus pandemic, the best concert venue a violinist could hope for one recent October Friday was a sidewalk in the Bronx. Fiona Simon tuned her instrument as she prepared for one of her only public performances with the New York Philharmonic...

A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: 3 million tested for coronavirus in Chinese city

Oct. 13, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

BEIJING -- Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. The city’s health department said Tuesday that no new positive cases had...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 file photo, theatre workers protest outside the National Theatre, against the mass redundancies of low-paid art jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak, in London. The British government on Monday Oct. 12, 2020, announced grants of 257 million pounds ($335 million) to help almost 1,400 arts and cultural organizations survive the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)

COVID-hit UK arts groups welcome government cash infusion

Oct. 12, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Monday announced grants of 257 million pounds ($335 million) to help almost 1,400 arts and cultural organizations survive the coronavirus pandemic. The money — the first chunk to be spent from a 1.57-billion-pound Culture Recovery Fund — was welcomed by...

Musicians from the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse a day before their concert to open the Beijing Music Festival, China's first classical music festival since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. China is holding its first classical music festival since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic featuring musicians from the global epicenter of Wuhan, in an attempt to aid in the psychological and emotional healing process. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China classical music festival to feature Wuhan musicians

Oct. 10, 2020 5:42 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China is holding its first classical music festival since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, featuring musicians from the outbreak's initial epicenter in an attempt to aid in the psychological and emotional healing process. Zou Ye, a composer from Wuhan, the central Chinese city where...