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Home Sweet Home: Adelina Patti, the Soprano Who Sang for President Abraham Lincoln

In 1862, during the American Civil War, soprano Adelina Patti visited the White House and sang for Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary. Patti--then only 19, yet already well known in the U.S.--sang a number of songs, ending with "Home Sweet Home," a ...

Why Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Will Work as an Animated Film

The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is to be turned into an animated film. This won't be the first before-the-cameras version of the popular show. In 1999 Donny Osmond, Joan Collins, Richard ...

Sir James Galway Announces 'First Flute' Internet Instruction Series, Suitable for Beginners and Advanced Players Alike

American pianist Jonathan Biss and Swiss flutist Emmanuel Pahud have engaged the ever-expanding internet with web-based music teaching series, and now Ireland's own Sir James Galway will follow their URL suits.

Anna Netrebko Opening the Sochi Olympic Ceremony Was Probably the Least Weird Performance That Night

This year's Super Bowl featured soprano heavyweight Renee Fleming singing the Star-Spangled Banner to open the game. ...

Canada's Musicworks Magazine Announces 2013 Electronic Music Composition and "Sonic Geography" Writing Winners

Musicworks magazine, Canada's foremost publication for "curious ears," recently picked winners for its 2013 Electronic Music Composition and "Sonic Geography" Writing contests.

Composer Charlotte Bray Sells New Work, Bar-by-Bar, for Music in the Round Residency

An interesting article over at The Guardian reports on Brit composer Charlotte Bray's novel idea for fundraising her latest piece. She is selling it. One bar at a time.

Important Records Re-Launches Cassette Imprint Cassauna with New Tapes from Randy Gibson and Zachary James Watkins

Physical format nostalgia is probably the best impetus for this latest news from Massachusetts' Important Records. Well, that and the warm, analog sounds of Pauline Oliveros, Aki Onda, Deceh, Conrad Schnitzler, Greg Davis, John Bischoff and Arnold ...

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Black Classical Music History?

As Classicalite's favorite classical music radio station reminded us, the historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week of February in 1926 to be deemed "Negro History Week" because the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick ...

Three People Arrested in Connection with Theft of Stradivarius Violin from Frank Almond of Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee County prosecutors say that three people have been arrested in connection with the theft of the "Ex-Lipiński" Stradivarius violin, FoxNews.com reported earlier today. Two men, ages 36 and 41, and a 32-year-old woman were arrested by ...

Riccardo Muti Extends Contract as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Through 2020

Maestro Riccardo Muti's deeply rewarding artistic collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will continue beyond next season. Muti announced on Monday that he will extend his tenure as music director of the CSO through 2020.

Dancing Without the Band: Hit Television Show 'Dancing With the Stars' Fires Live Orchestra, Replaced by Dubstep DJs?

The Dancing With the Stars band--known as the Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers--have been sent their final notice to pack up and move out. Instead of paying for a big band ensemble, the producers of DWTS have announced that they will replace the ...

The Column: Keep Calm and...Toi, Toi, Toi?

A Yiddish expression adopted by musicians worldwide.

VIDEO: Renée Fleming Brings Down the 2014 Super Bowl House, Announces Juilliard Seminar

And Fleming won't stop there. To contend for Classicalite's "Busiest Opera Singer of the Year" award, she will hold a two-hour master class at her alma mater, the Juilliard School, on February 13.

Composers Mason Bates, Anna Clyne on Re-Imagining the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW Series

The audience at a Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW concert is in for a vastly different experience than is the norm at most other CSO concerts. MusicNOW, curated by Mason Bates and fellow CSO composer-in-residence Anna Clyne, is the CSO’s ...

Classicalite's Five Worst: Valentine’s Day Music

As an L.A. Philharmonic tweet today pointed out, Valentine's Day is only two weeks away. So, on behalf of all those devil-may-care counter-culturists out there, here Classicalite's Five Worst options for totally inappropriate music to hear on ...

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