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Access Contemporary Music Presents the Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago

Access Contemporary Music Presents the 9th Annual Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago

Apr 2014 12:02PM EDT

Access Contemporary Music is getting ready to present its annual Sound of Silent Film Festival on April 29, at a new venue this year--the Music Box Theater, one of Chicago's top theaters for arthouse cinema.READ MORE

The Newberry Consort Presents Baroque Music from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnación

The Newberry Consort Presents Baroque Music from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnación

Apr 2014 11:52AM EDT

Some early music groups in the U.S. have begun to explore the vast Mexican baroque repertoire, including the Newberry Consort in Chicago. The Consort will perform “Celestial Sirens II: Music from the Mexican Convent of the Encarnación” at several Chicago area locations.READ MORE

Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on Broadway

Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell Talk Broadway Musical 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' on ABC's Good Morning America

Apr 2014 11:47AM EDT

The stars and creative team behind the glam-rock musical's first Broadway production go behind the scenes into Hedwig's "wig room."READ MORE

Rhapsody in College: Mystery of Hunter College's 1897 Steinway Grand Owned by George Gershwin Unraveled via the New York Times

Rhapsody in College: Mystery of Hunter's 1897 Steinway Grand Owned by George and Rose Gershwin Unraveled via New York Times

Apr 2014 13:34PM EDT

A Steinway grand, a Model A, 6 feet 2 inches long, which carries the serial number 87592, making it the 87,592nd piano since the company began--making pianos in the family kitchen. The item in question: an 1897 Steinway donated by Rose Gershwin.READ MORE

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Violinist and Singer Tona Brown Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire

Transgender Violinist and Singer Tona Brown Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire

Apr 2014 13:10PM EDT

I first read about Tona Brown, one of the Beltway's best singing violinists, in my colleague Tim Smith's pitch perfect profile in the May 22, 2011 early edition of the Baltimore Sun. To wit, I've been following Miss Brown's career--performer, pedagogue, activist--for the ensuing three years.READ MORE

John Luther Adams

John Luther Adams Wins Pulitzer for Music for 'Become Ocean'

Apr 2014 13:55PM EDT

As journalists that may or may not have graduated from Columbia University, we get a little excited when it comes time to hand out the Pulitzers. As a music writer, we can never expect to win one, but at least we can nod knowingly when the committee gives the prize for the Pulitzer's music category. This year's Pulitzer music prize went to composer John Luther Adams for his piece "Become Ocean." The piece was original performed by the Seattle Symphony, and premiered in June of 2013.READ MORE

Johnny Depp in 'Dead Man,' scored by Neil Young

Seven Great Movie Scores by Rock Musicians

Apr 2014 13:00PM EDT

Since Hollywood always seems desperate to get people to go to the movies, it’s strange that they wouldn’t hire popular musicians to score their films more often, as that could draw in a completely different group of people that otherwise wouldn’t care about a particular film. I’m sure there are plenty of Nine Inch Nails fans who are anticipating David Fincher’s Gone Girl simply because Trent Reznor co-wrote the score. Here are seven other rock (and alternative) musicians who wrote excellent film scores.READ MORE

Baritone Sir Thomas Allen Takes on Scottish Opera, At Least for Now

Baritone Sir Thomas Allen Takes on Scottish Opera, At Least for Now

Apr 2014 10:47AM EDT

Sir Thomas Allen has been named "music adviser" to Scottish Opera. The company has been music directorless since the abrupt resignation of its then-new music director Emmauel Joel-Hornak.READ MORE

Laura Wright Takes to the London Marathon with Little to the Imagination, Plans to Sing 'Jerusalem' Mid-Sprint

Laura Wright Takes to London Marathon Leaving Little to the Imagination, Plans to Sing 'Jerusalem' Mid-Sprint

Apr 2014 10:02AM EDT

Laura Wright has made the brave decision to run the London Marathon on Sunday in, well, hardly anything--stopping halfway through to sing "Jerusalem" on Tower Bridge.READ MORE

Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid, New UK Culture Secretary, Controversial on Royal Opera House Ticket Touts

Apr 2014 09:55AM EDT

Well, that didn't take long! The new UK Culture Secretary hasn't even had the job for one week and already he's managed to alienate some notables in the arts world.READ MORE

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UK Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns, Industry Nervously Eyes Her Successor Sajid Javid

Apr 2014 17:50PM EDT

It's all change at the top of the UK arts scene as the government's Culture Secretary Maria Miller resigns after becoming embroiled in a scandal over her expenses (she was cleared of the major charges, but still has to pay several thousand pounds of claimed expenses back). Music pros on social...READ MORE

The Marx Brothers

'Lost' Marx Brothers Broadway Musical Back After 90 Years

Apr 2014 17:43PM EDT

'I'll Say She Is' established the Marx Brothers as the preeminent jesters of the Jazz Age. Never made into a movie, it hasn't been seen since its 1924-25 Broadway run--until now.READ MORE

He May Not Sing Opera, But When He Does: Stephen Colbert the 1983 Opera Star Invites Singing Legend Plácido Domingo on 'The Report'

Stephen (Steven?) Colbert ,1983 Spoleto USA Opera Star, Invites Plácido Domingo to 'The Report'

Apr 2014 17:24PM EDT

If you can believe it (and you should) Stephen Colbert has something of an operatic past. In his youth, apparently, he was associated with the Spoleto festivals in Charleston, South Carolina.READ MORE

Iestyn Davies prank

Carnegie Hall's Prank On Brit Counter-Tenor Iestyn Davies

Apr 2014 15:16PM EDT

They say never to joke about someone's name. But sometimes they're wrong.READ MORE

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Listening to the Bawdy Bellower Nerd: Amusing Anagrams of Famous Composers’ Names

Apr 2014 15:03PM EDT

Just for fun, we decided to test some anagram generators on the Web by typing in the names of our favorite composers. What hidden meanings might be lurking in these famous names?READ MORE

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