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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra "Take Over Midtown" with Quintet of Community Concerts >>

If you're going to give a community Christmas concert, why not five? And if you're going to do it out in the community, why not take the music to five different places? Why not, indeed? The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra see no reason why not and so have done just that.

Robin Hood Youth Orchestra of Nottingham Stopped Mid-Christmas Concert for Playing "Too Loudly" >>

The Robin Hood Youth Orchestra of (where else?) Nottingham was engaged to give a three-hour Christmas concert at the Victoria Centre, only to be ejected after a third of their allotted time.

REVIEW: Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Stephen Ward' Musical, Orgies and All, Redeems Profumo Affair >>

Stephen Ward was something of a playboy, enjoying the company of attractive young women, the rich and powerful and the lifestyle that went along with this.

'Grand Piano,' Starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, to Open in 2014 >>

In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die."

Glyndebourne's 'Billy Budd' Setting Course, Captained by Sir Mark Elder, for Brooklyn Academy of Music >>

The 'H.M.S. Indomitable' will be sailing across the Atlantic early in 2014, as Glyndebourne's much-admired production of Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd' heads for the US. The staging, by Michael Grandage, will play at BAM from Feb. 7 through Feb. 13.

Time Out London Kills Classical Music? >>

Time Out London is reportedly to ditch all classical music coverage. It's a decision sure to provoke outrage in music circles.

Sir Mark Elder Joins the List of Acting Musicians >>

The leading British conductor Sir Mark Elder reportedly gave his London acting debut this week. Sir Mark's inner thesp came out during a performance at the Royal Festival Hall of Offenbach's Fantasio, where he gave the spoken lines of Le Tailleur. Whether his cameo makes it onto the linked recording, on the Opera Rara label of which Elder is artistic director, remains to be seen. Apparently he managed to both conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and have his lines heard by turning to the side for a moment

Glenn Greenwald, Barton Gellman, Luke Harding: Who Writes the Book for Edward Snowden's Musical?

Glenn Greenwald, Barton Gellman, Luke Harding: Who Writes the Book for Edward Snowden's Musical? >>

Since James Bamford's not interested, let's say: Greenwald gets the book, Gellman handles the music...with Harding on lyrics? No matter how you divvy them up, it's only a matter of time before some enterprising repertory group stages a Snowden musical.

Broadway Listing: Rebecca Hall Leads Revival of Sophie Treadwell's 'Machinal' >>

"I don't think I've ever had a more physical response to a piece of writing," said Hall, the star of films such as Woody Allen's 2008 romance "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona" and this year's Disney-Marvel blockbuster superhero sequel "Iron Man 3." "I think it is extraordinarily powerful. I think it was way ahead of its time," she added of the play.

World's Biggest Orchestra: Queensland Festival's James Morrison Conducts Record-Breaking Band in Brisbane >>

As in Buffalo, New York, they're breaking records in Queensland, Australia! Well one, anyway, but it is, by definition, a biggie. The good people of the Queensland Music Festival are now the proud holders of the record for World's Biggest Orchestra. This summer, the festival's artistic director James Morrison conducted--wait for it--an ensemble of 7,244 musicians.

English National Opera Starts Cinema Broadcasts with David Alden's 'Peter Grimes,' Terry Gilliam's Berlioz >>

With the number of opera companies, theater troupes, ballets corps and orchestras now launching their own cinecast services, one could almost launch a dedicated chain of cinemas--showing nothing but high arts events. The latest to join the Met, Glyndebourne, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Berlin Philharmonic, Covent Garden and so many others is English National Opera. Their initiative, called ENO Screen, will launch in spring 2014.

'Saving Mr. Banks' Looks at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, Emma Thompson's Oscar Role as P.L. Travers >>

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious: BJ Novak and Jason Schwartzman are eager to please as the Sherman brothers in Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks.'

Minnesota Musicians to Go It Alone, as Legislators Call for Corporate Heads' Heads >>

The Minnesota press are reporting that the much-beleagured players of the stricken Minnesota Orchestra will defy the fates--and the ongoing nasty industrial dispute--and play a starry 10-concert season. Meanwhile, local legislators demand resignations amongst the orchestra's corporate suits.

Financial Results, Good in Detroit and Cleveland, Less Rosy for Minnesota and Milwaukee >>

Ever noticed how things go in seasons? Awards season, concerts announcement season, and right now it's financial results season (as well as end-of-year review season and nearly next-year-preview season).

WATCH: Soprano Martina Arroyo, Pianist Herbie Hancock Honored at 2013 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington >>

The theme continued when Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court, introduced opera diva Arroyo. The daughter of a Puerto Rican father and an African-American mother, Arroyo grew up in an unlikely place for a future opera star: New York City's Harlem neighborhood.

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