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Muti extends to 2022-23 as Chicago Symphony music director

Sep. 23, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

Absent from Chicago since February 2020 due to the pandemic, Riccardo Muti walked into Orchestra Hall and started to rehease Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” “It was a very, very emotional moment when I walked on stage and I went to the podium because the...

Van Zweden to leave New York Philharmonic after 2023-24

Sep. 15, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jaap van Zweden will leave the New York Philharmonic at the end of the 2023-24 season after six years as music director, the shortest tenure of anyone in a half-century. Van Zweden cited the coronavirus pandemic as causing him to change priorities. He...

Poignant return for Met Opera after 18-month pandemic pause

Sep. 12, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the first note, there were a pair of standing ovations — one when the chorus filed in and another when concertmaster Benjamin Bowman walked on to tune up the orchestra. About 90 minutes later, when conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin relaxed...

17 new COVID-19 deaths; BSO to require proof of vaccination

Aug. 31, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The number of new cases of COVID-19 increased by more than 1,500 Tuesday while the number of newly confirmed coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts rose by 17. The new number pushed the state’s confirmed COVID-19 death toll to 17,874 since the start of the...

Indianapolis Symphony sets fall concert series virus rules

Aug. 29, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Patrons attending the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's fall concert series will have to show proof that they're vaccinated against COVID-19, although initially they can also submit negative coronavirus test results. Symphony officials also announced...

Wyoming embraces Jeffree Star despite homophobia, his past

Aug. 28, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Jeffree Star is, inarguably, the biggest celebrity in Casper. The Youtuber-slash-makeup mogul first landed here in December, saying publicly he wanted to work on his autobiography. Videos and pictures of him exploring the state, eating at local...

Conductor to work for 2 New Orleans orchestras

Aug. 26, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A staff conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is coming to New Orleans to work for both the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a private university, the organizations said. Chelsea Gallo will be assistant conductor of the Louisiana...

Hungary: Baton raised, orchestra conductor gets vaccine shot

Aug. 26, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian orchestra conductor received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot onstage during a free open-air concert in Budapest on Wednesday as part of an effort to encourage people to get vaccinated. Budapest Festival Orchestra conductor Ivan...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Aug. 25, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

Philadelphia Inquirer. Aug. 20, 2021. Editorial: School vaccine mandates are key as Philly families prepare for in-person classes With less than two weeks to go until the Philadelphia School District’s roughly 125,000 students return to...

Met Opera and orchestra reach deal, allowing season to start

Aug. 24, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera reached a four-year agreement with the union for its orchestra, the last major deal needed for the company to resume performances following a 1 1/2-year layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The contract with local 802 of the...