Latest Classical music News

Proposed Philadelphia sculpture of Marian Anderson advances

Jul. 24, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Denyce Graves visited Marian Anderson in the Connecticut home where the famed singer lived later in life, the two vocalists talked about how Anderson had never sought to “become the face of the civil rights movement.” But Anderson was called...

Marlboro Music Festival to buy idled Vermont college campus

Jul. 23, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

MARBLORO , Vt. (AP) — The Marlboro Music Festival has reached an agreement to buy the campus of the now-closed Marlboro College in Vermont, ending a year of uncertainty over the future of the campus. Marlboro Board of Trustees chair Christopher Serkin said Thursday they...

Olympics ceremony uses music from Japanese video games

Jul. 23, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The athletes of the Tokyo Olympics were greeted by a few familiar notes Friday night. Those video game songs that get stuck in your head. An orchestral medley of songs from iconic Japanese video games served as the soundtrack for the...

Opera returns to open-air desert theater with diverse cast

Jul. 14, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An open-air theater surrounded by high desert vistas, the Santa Fe Opera is known as the place to watch the sun set while taking in a performance. With a deadly respiratory virus still on the loose, the opera is one of the safest venues for large...

Event planned to recall 1896 fire that killed firefighters

Jul. 11, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — More than a century later, two cities in southwestern Michigan will hold a Labor Day ceremony to remember the firefighters who were killed in the Yore Opera House fire. The event will begin at a monument at Crystal Springs Cemetery in Benton...

Met Opera stagehands to return to work after lockout

Jul. 06, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stagehands at the Metropolitan Opera planned to return to work Wednesday after recommending their union ratify a new labor contract negotiated following a lockout that started last year. Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage...

Met Opera reaches agreement with locked out stagehands

Jul. 04, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera reached an agreement on a labor contract with its locked out stagehands, the second of three major deals needed to resume performances in September following the pandemic. The agreement was reached early Saturday, a person familiar...

Orchestra set to start in fall; CT virus rules up for a vote

Jul. 04, 2021 15:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Portland Symphony Orchestra isn’t playing at the Fourth of July extravaganza on the city’s East End beach, but it is gearing up to take the stage for the first time since the pandemic. The symphony will begin its season on Oct. 19 with a...

Beloit symphony director known for his musical sleuthing

Jul. 03, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) — If you know any rap artists who are plagiarizing beats or lyrics, Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra (BJSO) Music Director Rob Tomaro might be writing a report on them. While he’s best known for conducting in Rock County, Tomaro’s professional skills are in high...

Born to Conduct: Film charts Met music director's ascent

Jul. 01, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Now I will conduct a short excerpt from Ravel’s ‘Bolero,’” the Metropolitan Opera’s future music director announces proudly. It’s Yannick Nezet-Seguin, but he’s not the figure familiar to opera lovers on the podium of one of the...