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Sir Simon Rattle leads the London Symphony Orchestra.

UK Assigns Tax Relief Options for British Orchestras, Similar to Those Used for Film Industry

Buzz Feb 2015 12:54PM EDT

One of the constant struggles facing fans and producers of classical music is how to keep orchestras on their feet. No form of music is more expensive to carry out than orchestral-between the cost of paying for so many musicians and the time needed to train such a large "staff" accordingly-and those costs become more and more worrisome as younger generations have largely lost interest in the form. Ticket prices are rarely enough to keep orchestras afloat so very often they rely on hefty charitable donations. Politicians in the UK may have the right idea however, having introduced legislation to grant orchestras tax reliefs.READ MORE

Roman J. Torgovitsky

Netrebko and Met's 'Iolanta' Curtain Call Interrupted by Wounded Ukrainian Warrior Roman Torgovitsky

Genres Jan 2015 00:40AM EDT

Earlier this evening, Anna Netrebko's title performance in the Metropolitan Opera's brand spankin' new production of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta was interrupted at the very bitter end by a man Classicalite has identified as one Roman J. Torgovitsky--founder/CEO of Wounded Warrior Ukraine.READ MORE

Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Cover the Spring Style Issue of The Fader

Chance The Rapper Talks Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, New Album 'Surf,' The Chicago Hip-Hop Community & More In The Fader Cover Story

Buzz Jan 2015 17:37PM EDT

Chance the Rapper's upcoming album with his band The Social Experiment, titled Surf, was slated for release in 2014, though it never ended up coming out. Save for a censored tracklist posted to Instagram and an interview with Billboard three months ago, the Chicago rapper has remained mostly silent about the new project until yesterday, when he unveiled a teaser video starring supermodel Cara Delevingne. Now he and his band are featured on the latest cover of The Fader. In their cover story, Chance clarifies that Surf is not a Chance the Rapper album, rather it's a Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment project. Chance is just another member of the four-member group. The rapper also dishes on his come-up, why he hasn't signed with a label, the Chicago hip-hop community, and his band's approach to making music, among other topics. Here some things we learned:READ MORE

Sharon Isbin

Classicalite Q&A with Sharon Isbin

Genres Jan 2015 11:39AM EDT

Multi-Grammy winner, head of the studio at both Juilliard and Aspen, responsible for more new works than any other player, yes, Sharon Isbin is the very model of a modern, major guitarist. Not only does Ms. Isbin reign supreme as thee international heavyweight of the classical guitar, clearly, she's a woman--the XX-chromosomed champion of, regrettably, an all too often hyper-masculinized instrument and repertoire. To boot, Sharon Isbin is also gay.READ MORE

Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Traveling to South America for First Time Since 2005

Buzz Jan 2015 11:17AM EDT

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will take their show on the road, traveling to Central and South America for the first time in nearly 10 years. The JALC last travelled to our nearest neighboring continent during 2005.READ MORE

Amadeus Mozart's Odd Penchant for Toilet Humor Brought to Light in Letter to Cousin Maria Anna Thekla

Mozart's Penchant for Toilet Humor Brought to Light in Letter to Cousin Maria Anna

Genres Jan 2015 00:40AM EDT

It is no secret that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a cheeky badass. His odd penchant for toilet humor was rampant in many of his letters to family members. This is starkly obvious in a letter to his cousin Maria Anna Thekla Mozart, who is also considered his "love interest."READ MORE

Woody Allen

6 Film Directors and Operas They've Helmed: Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Werner Herzog and More

Buzz Jan 2015 15:40PM EDT

Yesterday Music Times reported that Woody Allen would be reprising his role as the director for Gianni Schicci, an opera by Puccini, and that Placido Domingo would star in the lead role to open the Los Angeles Opera's 2015-'16 season. Allen is far from the first director to be a fan of opera but he is one of the few who have bucked up and attempted to direct their own renditions of orchestral classics. Here are six other big names to try their hand at the theatre, including Roman Polanski and Julie Taymor among others.READ MORE

Harriet Cohen

Mark Bebbington Presents 'You Don't Have to Be Jewish' Featuring World Premiere of Lost Works by Harriet Cohen

Genres Jan 2015 10:33AM EDT

English pianist Mark Bebbington will present “You Don’t Have to Be Jewish," a concert about Jewish musicians and the Jewish influence. The concert will present the world premiere of four lost works by pianist Harriet Cohen. George Gerswhin's songbook as well as works by Debussy, Arthur Bliss and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco will also be presented.READ MORE

Royal Opera at the Palace of Versailles

Opera Atelier Announces Regular Engagement at the Palace of Versailles

Genres Jan 2015 10:29AM EDT

Opera Atelier, the busiest touring opera company in North America, has announced that it will be regularly appearing at the Royal Opera at the Palace of Versailles in France every other season.READ MORE

Kenny G

Kenny G Suggests He Influenced Introduction of Frappuccinos at Starbucks in Video Promoting New Album

Buzz Jan 2015 10:07AM EDT

Kenny G recently revealed himself to be the reason why Starbucks added Frappuccinos to its menus, possibly to one-up Marilyn Manson's claims that he invented the term "grunge." A recent interview with Bloomberg "proved" Kenny to be more than just a smooth saxophone player but a savvy (coffee) tastemaker as well.READ MORE

Rachel Barton Pine

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine Talks Mozart with Marriner and St. Martin, Childhood Poverty and Adult Tragedy, How to Play Your Own Cadenzas

Genres Jan 2015 00:50AM EDT

No, Rachel Barton Pine is not a stranger to Mozart. In fact, you may even call her an expert. On January 13, for Avie Records, the acclaimed violinist released 'Mozart: Complete Violin Concertos and the Sinfonia Concertante K364'--accompanied by Sir Neville Marriner's Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. Ever the scholar, and well before any mics were placed, Pine spent a lot of time reading, listening and absorbing as much as she could about that celebrated son of LeopoldREAD MORE

Tony Bennett / Lady Gaga - 2014 Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

Grammys 2015: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Join Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran & More in Performance Lineup

Buzz Jan 2015 17:19PM EDT

The 2015 Grammys are going to get a little extra dose of old school class this February. Late Tuesday night (Jan. 27), Lady Gaga announced that she and Tony Bennett will be performing a duet at this year's Grammys ceremony in celebration of their 2014 jazz album Cheek to Cheek.READ MORE

Adam Guettel

New York Festival of Song Presents 'NYFOS Next' Feat. Adam Guettel, George Steel, Paul Moravec and Bright Sheng

Genres Jan 2015 10:51AM EDT

The New York Festival of Song is back with “NYFOS Next,” a three-day, premiere-filled concert at OPERA America’s National Opera Center. This year’s concerts include works by Adam Guettel, George Steel, Paul Moravec and Bright Sheng.READ MORE

Placido Domingo in 'Il Trovatore'

What Hollywood Director is Teaming Up with Placido Domingo for the Los Angeles Opera's 2015-'16 Debut?

Buzz Jan 2015 09:38AM EDT

Woody Allen might be best-known for his romantic comedies but he's an opera fan as well, which is why he'll be teaming up with renowned opera singer Plácido Domingo for a performance of Gianni Schicchi at the Los Angeles Opera to open the 2015-'16 season. It will be the second time the director has staged a production of Schicchi.READ MORE

Lang Lang

Lang Lang Announces New Fragrance 'Amazing' for '15 Release in Europe

Genres Jan 2015 01:10AM EDT

Want to get that “fresh, out of sold-out concert” smell? Internationally renowned Chinese pianist Lang Lang announces that his new, trademark fragrance Amazing will be released in Europe in November 2015 and China sometime next year.READ MORE

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