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Nelsons to conduct ex-wife Opolais during Carnegie festival

Jan. 28, 2020 2:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall's 2020-21 season will feature a festival titled, "Voices of Hope: Artists in Times of Oppression," which includes Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons conducting a concert performance of Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" on April 14 starring his...

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The Latest: Billie Eilish wins 5 in dominant Grammys

Jan. 27, 2020 12:06 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Grammy Awards, being presented Sunday at Los Angeles' Staples Center (all times local): 8:38: p.m. Billie Eilish has won album of the year and record of the year to cap a dominant night of five victories at the Grammy Awards. The 18-year-old Eilish won album of the...

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Review: ALA.NI aces on an astounding a capella adventure

Jan. 23, 2020 1:47 PM EST

ALA.NI, “ACCA” (ALA.NI) Paris-based, London-born ALA.NI's second album, “ACCA,” astounds with its artistry, an adventurous, almost-all a capella recording whose intricate arrangements and instantly-familiar melodies prove irresistible. The self-produced “ACCA” expands on...

Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins plays the piano wearing bionic gloves at his home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Martins, 79, was for decades Brazil's most acclaimed pianist, but an accident an a degenerative disease forced him to stop playing with both hands since 1998. That changed a few months ago when a new friend came to him with a pair bionic gloves that suit him perfectly. He can now play again with nine out of ten fingers. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

'Magic' gloves let acclaimed Brazilian pianist play again

Jan. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days before Christmas, renowned pianist João Carlos Martins summoned his friends to a Sao Paulo bar so he could show off the best gift he'd received in years: a new pair of bionic gloves that are letting the 79-year-old play with both hands for the first time in more than two...

Italian conductor Jader Bignamini takes the stage during a rehearsal after being named The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's new music director, succeeding Leonard Slatkin, during a ceremony held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The century-old orchestra on Wednesday announced a six-year contract with Bignamini, starting with the 2020-21 season. He will lead a three-concert home stand this weekend at Orchestra Hall. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

Detroit orchestra names Jader Bignamini next music director

Jan. 22, 2020 1:23 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced the selection of Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its next music director. The century-old orchestra said it signed a six-year contract with Bignamini, starting with the 2020-21 season. He will lead a three-concert home stand this...

Employees of the public order office block a road close to the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. A train station, an opera house and a TV station in the western Germany city of Cologne are evacuated on Tuesday as experts prepare to defuse an American 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bomb from World War II. (Roberto Pfeil/dpa via AP)

Experts defuse World War II bomb in German city of Cologne

Jan. 21, 2020 6:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Explosives experts on Tuesday successfully defused an unexploded American bomb from World War II in the western German city of Cologne, authorities said. The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bomb was found Monday evening during construction near the Rhine River in the center of the city. A TV...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Roberto Alvim, director of theater, dance and opera at the Brazil's National Arts Foundation, poses for pictures in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion, with Alvim being the driving force behind the initiative. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments

Jan. 17, 2020 9:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, conductor Gustavo Dudamel reacts to the audience after conducting the LA Philharmonic performance during the 'In Memoriam' at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Dudamel will remain as music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for five more years. The 38-year-old Venezuelan conductor made his debut with the LA Philharmonic in 2005 and was named director in 2009. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP via AP, File)

Gustavo Dudamel to head LA Philharmonic for 5 more years

Jan. 15, 2020 3:25 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gustavo Dudamel will remain as music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for five more years, the orchestra announced Wednesday. The 38-year-old Venezuelan conductor made his debut with the LA Philharmonic in 2005 and was named director in 2009. His newest contract...

Mayor of Prague Zdenek Hrib, right, and Taipei city mayor Ko Wen-je display a partnership agreement between the two cities at at the Old Town City Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The signing comes three months after Prague revoked a similar sister-city agreement with Beijing, an action that angered China. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Prague inks partnership with Taipei after snubbing Beijing

Jan. 13, 2020 9:53 AM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech capital, Prague, on Monday signed a partnership agreement with the capital of Taiwan, Taipei - three months after canceling a similar deal with Beijing and angering the Chinese government. The disagreement over Beijing began after the Chinese insisted on having a clause in the deal...

Winds damage historic building in western NY, cause outages

Jan. 12, 2020 3:25 PM EST

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — High winds were blamed for thousands of power outages and the partial collapse of the historic Williams Opera House in the Wyoming County village of Attica early Sunday. A large section of the opera house's brick rear wall collapsed around 6:30 a.m., causing part of the second floor to...