Classical music

In this Wednesday, July 3, 2019 photo, Iranian musicians play while performing 19th century Russian composers in Tehran Symphony Orchestra at Unity Hall, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
July 05, 2019 - 5:36 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Aficionados of Western classical music have carved out a niche for themselves in Iran, where cultural expression remains tightly controlled by strict rules imposed after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. And perhaps surprisingly, musicians in their 20s and 30s perform for...
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Fireworks seen from the Lincoln Memorial explode over the Potomac River for Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
July 04, 2019 - 10:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country has been filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and, of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and other places around the country are holding massive celebrations with big name artists like...
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Director Woody Allen attends a press conference at La Scala opera house, in Milan, Italy, Tuesday, July 2, 2019. Woody Allen is directing Puccini's 'Gianni Schicchi' opera, which opens Saturday in Milan. The opera premiered in Los Angeles and it's making its debut at La Scala. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
July 02, 2019 - 9:58 am
MILAN (AP) — Woody Allen said Tuesday as he prepared for his directing debut at Milan's La Scala opera house that he has "always had a warm and affectionate following in Europe." Allen was greeted with applause at a news conference ahead of the weekend premiere at La Scala of Puccini's comic one-...
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FILE - Franco Zeffirelli, seen in New York, in this Oct. 31, 1974 file photo. Italian film director Franzo Zeffirelli has died in Rome at the age of 96. Zefffirelli's son Luciano said his father died at home on Saturday at noon. (AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)
June 15, 2019 - 7:04 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly...
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Andre De Shields , left, and Reeve Carney, of the cast of "Hadestown" perform at the 73rd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
June 09, 2019 - 10:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local): 11:10 p.m. "Hadestown," the brooding musical about the underworld, has reason to smile broadly: It's the best new musical Tony Award winner. Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's folk-opera intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice,...
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June 07, 2019 - 5:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera is scrapping its previously announced revival of Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" next season and replacing it with concert performances. Robert Lepage's production debuted at the Met in 2008, based on a staging seen at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017 file photo Dennis D.T. Thomas, from left, George Brown, Robert Bell, and Ronald Bell, of the musical group Kool & The Gang, arrive at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday, June 5, 2019, that the group will receive the 2019 Marian Anderson Award this fall. The honor is named for the pioneering opera singer who was the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
June 05, 2019 - 12:51 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Funk-soul band Kool & The Gang is being honored with an award named for pioneering opera singer Marian Anderson. Kool & The Gang, known for hits like "Get Down on It," ''Celebration" and "Ladies Night," has earned two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. The...
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Daniel Barenboim, general music director of the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin, adresses a news conference about his contract in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Conductor Daniel Barenboim is getting a five-year contract extension as general music director of Berlin's Staatsoper, which would keep him at the opera house until 2027. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
June 04, 2019 - 9:43 am
BERLIN (AP) — Conductor Daniel Barenboim is getting a five-year contract extension as general music director of Berlin's Staatsoper, which would keep him at the opera house until 2027. Klaus Lederer, Berlin's state culture minister, announced his decision on Tuesday. Lederer said an "overwhelming...
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FILE- In this June 24, 2018 file photo, revelers carry a Rainbow Flag along Fifth Avenue during the New York City Pride Parade in New York. June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which fueled the fire for a global LGBTQ movement. From symposiums to movie screenings, walking tours to art exhibits, even an opera, a slew of institutions and organizations are filling June with events that commemorate that moment and its impact through the last five decades. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
June 01, 2019 - 8:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — If it's Pride Month, there's gotta be a parade. And there will be, in New York City and places around the country and world. But this year, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that fueled the fire for a global LGBTQ movement, there's also a lot more. From symposiums to...
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May 24, 2019 - 6:30 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston's world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA is opening 17 days of operas, plays, chamber music and jazz. The arts festival opens at noon Friday with a ceremony at Charleston City Hall. Spoleto will run through June 9. The spotlighted performance is the opera "Salome."...
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