Classical music

May 24, 2019 - 4:33 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston is opening 17 days of operas, plays, chamber music and jazz Friday as the world-renowned Spoleto Festival USA returns. The 43rd season of the arts festival kicks off Friday at noon with the opening ceremony from Charleston City Hall. It will run through June 9...
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South Korean Violinist Won Hyung Joon and his North Korean soprano partner, Kim Song Mi perform at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Won, a South Korean, performed together with Kim, a North Korean, in a rare joint performance they hope would help bring the divided Koreas closer together via music. Their performance comes three days after North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles in the second such weapons test in five days.(AP Photo/Dake Kang)
May 11, 2019 - 11:47 pm
SHANGHAI (AP) — A South Korean violinist and a North Korean singer on Sunday held a rare joint performance they hope would help bring the divided Koreas closer together via music — especially at a time of emerging tensions amid deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. Violinist Won Hyung Joon and his North...
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In this May 5, 2019 photo, the Handel & Haydn Society performs its rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Symphony Hall in Boston. When they finished the piece, a youngster in the audience blurted out loudly: "WOW!" The organization has mounted a search for the kid it's calling the "Wow Child" — not to reprimand, but to offer a chance to meet the conductor. (Chris Petre-Baumer/Handel & Haydn Society via AP)
May 09, 2019 - 4:17 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A performing arts group has found the child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!" The group was so...
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The Santa Fe Opera awaits its summer season on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opera General Director Robert Meya announced they will stage the world premiere in 2020 of the gender-bending story “M. Butterfly” from playwright and librettist David Henry Hwang. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
May 08, 2019 - 4:26 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — World-premiere operas derived from the gender-bending Broadway hit "M. Butterfly" and from meditations on Victorian-era repression in Bram Stroker's "Dracula" are coming to the Santa Fe Opera and its open-air stage in the high desert. Opera General Director Robert Meya on...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2015. file photo, archivist Michelle Chiles, left, and exhibition developer Tamar Agulian help set up the Handel & Haydn Society bicentennial exhibit at the Boston Public Library in Boston. On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Handel & Haydn Society was finishing a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall when a youngster blurted out loudly: "WOW!" The organization has mounted a search for the kid it's calling the "Wow Child" — not to reprimand, but to offer a chance to meet the conductor. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
May 08, 2019 - 6:42 am
BOSTON (AP) — America's oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished its rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out...
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April 28, 2019 - 5:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Placido Domingo has starred on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for a whopping 50 years - and is still singing, amazingly, at age 78. On Sunday, the Met is literally turning the tables, throwing a dinner-dance on the same stage for the Spaniard's golden anniversary. Invited...
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Worshippers stay in silence while bells toll during a mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The bells of France have tolled, ringing out from the nation's cathedrals and basilicas in commemoration of the Notre Dame fire. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
April 17, 2019 - 11:42 am
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 8:40 p.m. The Paris prosecutor's office says the investigation into the Notre Dame Cathedral fire has not produced any indication so far of a criminal act. The probe is still in its early...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2019, file photo, Hong Kong actors Chan Hung-chun, right, and Lung Koon-tin, dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, pose during a press conference to promote their upcoming Chinese opera "Trump on Show" in Hong Kong. President Trump is the inspiration for "Trump on Show," a four-day Cantonese opera that reimagines the president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
April 14, 2019 - 1:49 am
HONG KONG (AP) — With the blond wig and red tie, the star of the Cantonese opera in Hong Kong may look familiar. The Chinese actor and singer has the lead role in "Trump on Show," a four-day comedic opera reimagining the U.S. president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in...
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April 11, 2019 - 11:57 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Orchestra's music director has gone to the dogs. And the cats. Yannick Nézet-Séguin (yah-NEEK' nay-ZAY' say-GEN') has curated a playlist for four-legged friends that's being piped into the shelter at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to...
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April 09, 2019 - 8:37 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian State Opera has asked the Hungarian cast members in its production of "Porgy and Bess" to self-identify as African American. The opera's decision to put on George and Ira Gershwin's seminal work set in the American south and intended for a black cast has...
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