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Owl City 'Beautiful Times' Video Features Violinist Lindsey Stirling

Owl City 'Beautiful Times' Video from Ultraviolet EP (Republic Records) Features Violinist Lindsey Stirling [VIDEO] >>

OWL CITY has teamed up with to debut the music video for his latest single "Beautiful Times (ft. Lindsey Stirling)" today. You can view the video here! The premiere comes just in time for tomorrow's digital release of the multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and producer's new digital EP, Ultraviolet [Republic Records]. Ultraviolet is now available for pre-order now on iTunes.

LIVESTREAM: Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition Supports New Israeli Music

LIVESTREAM: Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition Supports New Israeli Music >>

One often overlooked aspect of the Arthur Rubinstein Competition or, to give it its full name, The Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, is its support for native Israeli composers. That's a side of the contest that is worth wider note.


LPO's Glyndebourne 50th Anniversary Season Open for Business, Sans George Christie and Fat Shaming Scandal >>

The Glyndebourne Festival is underway, a 50th anniversary season already marked by the sad death of its previous owner-chairman Sir George Christie, a scandal around critics' comments on a female singer's (by no means unusual) body shape, and a production of Der Rosenkavalier that opens on its Marschallin naked in the shower. And it only opened less a week ago!

Say It Ain't So, Conductor: Mariss Jansons Decides to Up and Leave the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to Join the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Who Will Succeed the Departing Mariss Jansons at the Royal Concertgebouw? >>

Mariss Jansons is to leave the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, once dubbed by Gramophone as "the world's best orchestra". Who can follow him?

Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid, New UK Culture Secretary, Controversial on Royal Opera House Ticket Touts >>

Well, that didn't take long! The new UK Culture Secretary hasn't even had the job for one week and already he's managed to alienate some notables in the arts world.

RESULTS: The International Opera Awards 2014 Are Announced, Posthumous Prize for Gerard Mortier

RESULTS: The International Opera Awards 2014 Are Announced, Posthumous Prize for Gerard Mortier >>

The venerable Opera magazine has announced the winners of its still-rather-new annual awards, the "Operas" (think Oscars but with more singing and a smaller budget). Since Opera has been the bible for international opera reviews for many decades, it's a nice idea and one that makes sense. It would be nice to be able to post Opera reviews for all of the winners, or sound clips from recent productions from them all, and maybe that's something the organizers can look at next year.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Staging U.S. Première of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas' 'Anna Nicole' Opera

Royal Opera 2014/15 Season Announced: Includes Weill's Mahagonny, Domingo Hat-Trick, Kaufmann Chenier and Anna Nicole >>

The U.K.'s Royal Opera has announced details of its 2014/15 season. There are seven new main-house productions including a new opera from Philip Glass, a final bow for the classic John Copley La Boheme and a welcome return for Mark Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole.

Classicalite's Five Best: YouTube Music

Classicalite's Five Best: Biggest YouTube Music Hitters >>

Ah, YouTube. Repository of some of the finest classical rarities just waiting to be chanced upon by some digital adventurer. But YouTube has its classical blockbusters as well -- videos that have attracted a critical mass of page views. They're not always the most obvious. Sometimes indeed the performers aren't even known. But here are five of the most-viewed classical videos we could find...

Pittsburgh Symphony

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Still to Visit Iran...a Good Idea? >>

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has announced a delay to its planned tour of Iran. However, they say, the tour will still go ahead. The United States, in common with much of Europe, has issues with Iran just now, not least because of the Iranian nuclear program (and a jingoistic film recently broadcast on Iranian state television that depicted the Iranian nuclear devastation of a U.S. and Israeli targets won't have helped matters). So, this tour looks likely to provoke controversy.

LINKS: Ryan Gosling as Busby Berkeley, Andrea Bocelli Gets Lifetime Billboard, Jersey's #OrchestraYOU, Cadenza App, Hanson Records >>

Warner Bros. Pictures has optioned 'Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley' by Jeffrey Spivak for an adaptation to be produced by Ryan Gosling and Marc Platt. And the plan, at least for now, is for Gosling to both star in and direct the biopic about the man behind the golden age of Hollywood musicals.

LINKS: L’Wren Scott Suicide, Big Data on 'Lion King,' Jazz in Little Rock Parks, Stooge Scott Asheton Dies, American Ballet Theatre in California >>

As New York Daily News reports: Scott was found hanging from a doorknob Monday morning after her assistant responded to a text from the designer, who was found fully clothed and without a note. Mick Jagger is said to be ‘completely shocked and devastated’ by her death.

LINKS: Experimental Music for Kids, Chicago's New Music Youthquake, SC Philharmonic to Carnegie, Harold Budd, William Onyeabor Doc >>

A delightful new Tumblr called "Experimental Music On Children’s TV" (care of musician/podcaster/alleged Noise Park meme creator Mike Haley) collects YouTube clips from when kiddie shows got weird.

Classicalite's Five Best: Musical Moments in Harold Ramis Films >>

Harold Ramis passed away this week; we pay a classical music tribute to the great comedy filmmaker.

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