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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...

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...

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 canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and has moved up the start of Geffen Hall’s reconstruction to take advantage of the orchestra’s absence. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda said Wednesday she hopes to resume performances on Jan. 6. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NY Philharmonic cancels fall season, moves up Geffen rebuild

Jun. 10, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and has moved up the start of Geffen Hall’s reconstruction to take advantage of the orchestra’s absence. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda said Wednesday that she hopes to resume...

This June 5, 2020 photo released by the Wiener Philharmoniker Orchestra shows pianist Daniel Barenboim conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, Austria. Its 2,854-seat Musikverein, considered by many the world’s most beautiful concert hall, was filled with only 100 people Friday for the first of three days of programs with Barenboim. (Dieter Nagl/Wiener Philharmoniker Orchestra via AP)

Vienna Philharmonic purrs back to life after pandemic pause

Jun. 9, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

The Vienna Philharmonic returned home, and its famous strings purred for the first time since March 10. Its 2,854-seat Musikverein, considered by many the world’s most beautiful concert hall, was filled with only 100 people Friday for the first of three days of programs with Daniel Barenboim. Because of...

This combination photo shows country singer Joe Diffie at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 22, 2018, from left, and undated images of violinist Vincent Lionti, fashion designer Jenny Polanco and architect and urban theorist Aaron Sorkin posing for portraits. The coronavirus has claimed the lives of artists and artisans, writers and actors, musicians and media figures. (AP Photo, from left, Metropolitan Opera via AP, Yael Duval via AP and Jeff Barnett Winsby via AP)

Luminaries Lost: A look at some of the artists lost to virus

Jun. 5, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

A fashion designer who made it to the runways of Paris and New York but never left her Dominican home. An Oklahoma boy who became the toast of 1990s Nashville. A comedian whose off-the-wall trio helped create a golden age in British comedy. In the fourth installment in a series, The Associated Press takes a look...

A medical worker wearing gear to protect against coronavirus infection disinfects a driver of his ambulance after escorting a patient to a hospital for COVID-19 patients in St.Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

The Latest: Filipino leader says US unrest hurts virus fight

Jun. 4, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

MANILLA, Philippines — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says that he is glad “Filipinos are really law-abiding” and that the Philippines is not going through unrest like America, which would make the coronavirus quarantine enforcement formidable. Duterte made the remarks during a...

This image released by Lincoln Center shows artistic director Jane Moss, who is departing on Aug. 1 after 28 years. (Haghi Suka/Lincoln Center via AP)

Lincoln Center artistic director leaving during shutdown

May. 29, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lincoln Center artistic director Jane Moss is departing on Aug. 1 after 27 years, leaving the performing arts center without a key leader while it remains shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lincoln Center’s constituent parts have been shut down since mid-March, including the...

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. Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday May 22, 2020, as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti to conduct classical music's return to Italian stage

May. 22, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian...

In this Friday, May 1, 2020, photo, violist Brooke Mead poses for a photograph in Philadelphia. Devastated by the cancellation of her graduate recital because of coronavirus concerns, Mead was invited to perform instead on the Philadelphia Orchestra’s live webcast. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A big-city orchestra salvages a student's canceled recital

May. 10, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

Devastated after her graduate recital was canceled due to coronavirus concerns, Brooke Mead nearly gave up. Faced with recording the concert alone, at home, the 23-year-old viola student stopped practicing altogether. But then, the music took an amazing turn. After seeking out advice in an online...

President Donald Trump gestures during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate in COVID-19 fight

May. 8, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate closely in COVID-19 fight....