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Ranking '1776' Track-by-Track for July 4th: John Adams, Ben Franklin...America!

The July 4th weekend approaches and that means your correspondent will engage in his yearly tradition of putting on the soundtrack to the Broadway musical 1776, nothing singing along and thanking the Lord that someone saw fit to give John Adams some ...

What Performers Have Played Historic Venues Most? Carnegie Hall, Red Rocks, More

Billy Joel made history at one of the most acclaimed music venues in the world this week when he played his 65th concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The total helped him to surpass that of friend Elton John, giving him the most ...

Billboard's 50 Acts for 50 States: Taylor Swift, Eminem, More Rep Hometowns

Billboard came up with a fun project for the July 4th holiday, assigning a music performer that best represents each of the 50 states. According to the site, final decisions were largely based on sales results from its charts, but a performer's ...

Jewish Conductor Kirill Petrenko Greeted with Anti-Semitism in Germany Appointment

Having been appointed to the Berlin Philharmonic beginning September 2018, Kirill Petrenko has expressed his enthusiasm for taking over a most astounding symphony. However, his enthusiasm was met with anti-Semitism on Northern German Radio (NDR) and ...

William Tell Gang-Rape Scene Receives Poor Reviews, Outrages Responses

Art has spurred many a-controversy for as long as it has been in creation (and that's a very long time). However, critics and concertgoers alike have agreed that the latest staging of Rossini's epic four-part production of "William Tell" at the Royal ...

Organist Charles Miller Jr. Pounds Church Organ During Obama's Mother Emanuel Eulogy

Barack Obama's eulogy for the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney may have been gifted a powerful punctuation, that is when Charles Miller Jr. pounded on his church organ at the perfect moment to help solidify a touching moment amid a great tragedy. ...

Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory to Merge in 2016

Two of the most esteemed music schools in the country will soon be joining forces, as officials from both the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory announced Friday that the programs would be merging in the near future. The spacial ...

Taye Diggs Shines in Makeup for 'Hedwig and The Angry Inch' Role

A promotional shot featuring Taye Diggs as the title character in 'Hedwig and The Angry Inch' has come out, featuring the actor with penciled-on eyelashes, shiny lipgloss and so much glitter. The Hollywood Reporter goes as far as to compare him with ...

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, World-Renowned Baritone, Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

The beloved Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, has revealed that he has had to cancel all engagements through the end of August to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. The announcement was posted Wednesday on his website. ...

Miles Davis Unreleased Performances Premiere in 'Newport 1955-1975' Box Set

Miles Davis fans have grown over the years to include everyone from seasoned jazzgoers to dabblers in the genre. During his stint at the Newport Jazz Festival, his performances there brought together an audience of all stripes and trades. Now, those ...

Coroner Confirms Composer James Horner's Plane Crash Was Accident

A medical examiner's office in Southern California has formally confirmed that James Horner was the pilot killed in a plane crash earlier this week, and law enforcement has also confirmed that the death was an accident. Ventura County medical ...

Portman Hosts, Dudamel Conducts John Williams with L.A. Phil

On Friday, July 24th at 9 p.m. on PBS, Natalie Portman will host the Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration of John Williams--one of the greatest film composers of all time. ...

Seth MacFarlane, Baltimore Symphony Perform Big Band Summer Special

On July 16 at 8:00 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Seth MacFarlane will bring his smooth talents to Baltimore with conductor Joel McNeely and the Baltimore Symhony Orcestra for an evening of music and comedy. ...

James Taylor, Tony Bennett and Tom Petty: Longest Streaks Before A No. 1 Album

James Taylor is a legend. The dude's been around for nearly 50 years. He's seen fire and he's seen rain. But there was one thing that the songwriter never saw during his lengthy career in music: A no. 1 record. That finally changed this week when ...

Interview: Scoring Foo Fighters' 'Sonic Highways' Documentary with Bryan Lee Brown

Though it may have seemed like the rollout of new music from Foo Fighters may have been the soundtrack to the band's HBO documentary Sonic Highways, the actual musical map of the show came from its score work. The low, ambient tones, the dobro, just ...

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