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Cheldon Williams named director of WVU marching band

Jun. 1, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Cheldon Williams has been named director of West Virginia University's marching band. Williams will take over on Aug. 1, WVU said in a news release. He replaces Stephen Lytle, who resigned on May 1. Williams most recently was a graduate teaching assistant with the marching band at...

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...

An employee from Quest Diagnostics looks inside the COVID-19 virus test collection box at a drive thru for the CVS Pharmacy in Danvers, Mass., Friday, May 15, 2020. CVS has expanded their testing sites. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Gov. Baker: Keep working from home; 110 new COVID-19 deaths

May. 15, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is urging companies to let as many employees as possible work from home to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, even after the state begins to restart the economy. About half of executive branch state employees who work under the governor’s office have been...

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...

A man carries a box of food received at a distribution site during the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

July 4th Pops concert canceled; COVID-19 deaths top 4,700

May. 8, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s live Fourth of July concert with the Boston Pops with along the banks of the Charles River has been canceled to help limit the spread of the coronanirus. The Pops announced Friday they will instead present A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes, designed to pay tribute to the...

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....

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 filer, a woman wearing a sanitary mask walks past La Scala Opera house in Milan, Italy. Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday, May 7, 2020 unveiled a virtual journey through the storied theater and its  archives with Google Arts & Culture in what turned out to be a strangely ideal moment:  with theaters throughout Italy and the western world closed due to coronavirus. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

La Scala opens virtual tour during coronavirus lockdown

May. 7, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday unveiled a virtual journey through its ornate premises and rich archives via Google Arts & Culture, with serendipitous timing as theaters throughout Italy and the western world remain closed due to the coronavirus. The project has been...

Men wearing protective masks during the coronavirus pandemic exit a Walmart, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Walpole, Mass. An executive order signed the previous week by Gov. Charlie Baker took effect Wednesday mandating the use of masks when individuals are not able to socially distance themselves from others. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Virus news: Mask use mandatory, COVID-19 deaths top 4,400

May. 6, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents are now required to wear facial coverings when in public. An executive order signed by Gov. Charlie Baker last week took effect Wednesday mandating the use of masks when individuals aren't able to socially distance from others. Under the order, masks must be worn in...

Family of dead crew member with virus sues Royal Caribbean

May. 5, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The family of a cruise crew member who died after testing positive for COVID-19 filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises on Tuesday saying the company failed to protect its employees as the pandemic ravaged sailings around the world. The wrongful death case filed in circuit court in...