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Stutzmann to follow Spano as Atlanta Symphony music director

Oct. 13, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

Nathalie Stutzmann, the French-born contralto turned conductor, will succeed Robert Spano as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2022-23 season and become the second woman to lead a major American orchestra. The 56-year-old agreed to a...

Symphony leads drive to collect instruments for students

Oct. 10, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, community groups and local businesses are hoping to collect 2,500 new and used instruments for kindergarten through 12th grade students in Detroit. The effort runs through the end of October and supports its Detroit Harmony...

Cuba's danzón genre: '150 years later, it's still alive.'

Oct. 08, 2021 09:38 AM EDT

MATANZAS, Cuba (AP) — A man in a white guayabera approaches a woman and stretches out his hand, palm up, inviting her to dance. She stands up and waves her fan. On the dance floor, they get closer. Such a scene at the end of the 19th century in Cuba was scandalous in...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute required innovative donations

Oct. 06, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

The upcoming world premiere at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra of a classical music piece inspired by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably have been impossible if not for a bunch of lawyers in the Chicago area, a Long Island fine arts foundation and an award-winning...

DSO to resume full-capacity concerts at Orchestra Hall

Oct. 05, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is scheduled to hold its first full-capacity concert at Orchestra Hall since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poems describing the stunning fountains and graceful pines...

Symphony about climate change to headline Maine festival

Oct. 04, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The headlining event of this year's Maine Science Festival will be a musical exploration of climate change. The organizers of the festival said they commissioned composer Lucas Richman to create a symphony about hope in the era of climate change in...

New Hampshire film celebrates pianist and composer Amy Beach

Oct. 02, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire filmmakers have explored the life of composer Amy Beach in a newly released documentary, highlighting her success story of the early 1900s as a widely recognized female pianist and composer. Beach was a New Hampshire native who taught...

Marie Osmond takes singing career in new symphonic direction

Oct. 01, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a halt. It also slowed Marie Osmond, but not for long. The entertainer used the time to take her singing career in a different direction. She’s cultivating her childhood love of opera in a new album and...

Cleveland Orchestra to get $50M grant from Mandel Foundation

Sep. 30, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Orchestra will receive a $50 million grant from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, the largest gift in the history of the 103-year-old music organization. The orchestra said Thursday that $31.5 million will be dedicated to its...

Muti extends to 2022-23 as Chicago Symphony music director

Sep. 24, 2021 10:44 AM 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...