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Dana Carvey

CLICK: Dana Carvey Chopping Broccoli, Charlie Haden Appreciation, James Franco's The Long Shrift, 30th Bessie Awards >>

Funnyman Dana Carvey takes an old Saturday Night Live skit and adds an orchestra on Jimmy Fallon's show.

Young Talent: Jackie Evancho Does

LINK: Jackie Evancho Not Over the Rainbow for AutoTune, Trumpeter Jon Hassell on Phil Glass, Wayra's Fuerza Bruta, Savion Glover OM >>

Jackie Evancho sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from 'The Wizard Of Oz' at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame and shared that her new album--out in September 2014--features no AutoTune whatsoever.

Don Cheadle as Miles Davis

BRIEF: Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Indiegogo, Berlin Chorus Strikes Brahms, Pageant: The Musical's Marty Thomas, Groovy Grannies >>

Don Cheadle talks to EW.com's Inside Movies about 'Miles Ahead,' his crowdfunded, directorial debut biopic about Miles Davis' “silent period."

Maria Callas, Amira Willighagen

CLICK: Amira Willighagen Face Morph Maria Callas, Fillmore Street Jazz Fest, Neiman Marcus for Boston, Boulder Dinner Shrek Sounds >>

In a truly disturbing YouTube video, you, too, can watch Amira Willighagen's face morph back 'n' forth into the face of Maria Callas. Don't say we didn't warn you...

UPDATE: BBC Young Musician 2014 Finalists Announced, Jazz Contest Added

BBC Supersize on Classical Music >>

It was always likely that the BBC's still-quite-new Director General -- former Royal Opera House chief Tony Hall -- would prioritise music. And today the corporation announced a slew of initiatives designed to put music back at (or close to) the center of the Beeb's world. Most eye-catching of these is a nationwide educational initiative called "Ten Pieces"

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Joins Susan Bullock and Andras Schiff in Queen's Birthday Honors >>

Administrative figures get top gongs alongside leading artists.

Mark Wigglesworth

Year of the Wigglesworths: Conductor and Composer Ryan Wigglesworth Wins Halle’s New Principal Guest Spot >>

It has been a good year for the Wigglesworths! First, Mark Wigglesworth is named Edward Gardner's successor at English National Opera, now Ryan Wigglesworth has been picked to succeed Markus Stenz as the Halle Orchestra's new principal guest conductor.

Lars Vogt

Pianist Lars Vogt Named New Music Director of Royal Northern Sinfonia in Gateshead, Replacing Violinist Thomas Zehetmair >>

The leading German pianist will follow Thomas Zehetmair at the head of the Gateshead-based orchestra.

80th Birthday Image Released by Glyndebourne

80th Birthday Image Released by Glyndebourne >>

A lovely poster has been released by the opera festival to mark the festival's 80th birthday.

Los Angeles Master Chorale Promotes Grant Gershon to Artistic Director, Extending Him to 2020 >>

Some good news for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Grant Gershon has agreed a contract extension that sees him consolidate his leadership by stepping up from Music Director to Artistic Director. The new contract will keep him at the choir until the 2019-2020 season

What If: Eric Whitacre Launches Fifth Virtual Choir for 'Paradise Lost' Musical >>

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir is back, and this time it's the musical! Whitacre, the American composer who found fame with his uplifting online choral projects--in which strangers from across the world are invited to film themselves taking part in one of his works, and upload the film to be integrated into a digital soundscape on an animated stage--has announced his new project.

Harrison Birtwistle's 'Moth Requiem,' Daniel Barenboim's 'Ring,' Levit, DiDonato, Southbank Win Big at Royal Philharmonic Society Awards >>

Five times a charm, or at least it is for Harrison Birtwhistle, who has just won more prizes than anyone else (as he did in December for the British Composer Awards) in the Royal Philharmonic Society's long history. In the just-announced awards, he picked up the gong for Chamber Scale Composition, for The Moth Requiem.

Sorry, Amira and Putri: Sony Signs Jackie Evancho to Portrait Records, 'Awakening' Album and Tour in September >>

Sony Music Masterworks announces a worldwide recording agreement with platinum selling classical-crossover artist Jackie Evancho. Her new album, Awakening will be released on the Portrait Records imprint on September 30, 2014 coinciding with an international tour.

Subways Are For Sleeping

Jules Styne's Broadway Dud, 'Subways Are For Sleeping,' Looking Homeward After British Success >>

Jules Styne's musical 'Subways Are For Sleeping' closed in 1962 after just 205 performances, despite having a star composer and star cast.

Peral Music: Universal Gives Daniel Barenboim a Vanity iTunes Label for Bruckner Symphonies, Stravinsky's Rite >>

PERAL MUSIC, a new digital-only label from UMG, will document Daniel Barenboim's work as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician. "I want to try and look at the future. I want to really get myself into the mentality of the digital world," Barenboim said.

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