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Ian Holubiak


Accordionist Ksenija Sidorova to Release 'Carmen' Redux via Deutsche Grammophon >>

It's not often that a musician with a unique instrument crosses into daily popular music news. However, for accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, Deutsche Grammophon's latest signing, her musical taste may propel her to unorthodox stardom.

Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer Announces Retirement from Superhero Scoring After Latest Folly >>

Having spent a large portion of his career penning scores for superhero blockbusters, composer Hans Zimmer has announced that he is retiring from the business. The business, that is, of scoring for the cape.

Sir Georg Solti

Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award Names Dallas Symphony's Karina Canellakis >>

Earlier this month it was announced that Karina Canellakis would step down as assistant conductor to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Now, Ms. Canellakis is the recipient of the coveted Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

Sonny Rollins & President Barack Obama

Howard Reich Wants President Barack Obama to Hold Jazz Summit at White House >>

One of America's oldest art forms, jazz and its associates are inquiring President Barack Obama to hold a jazz summit at the White House. The notion is predicated on earlier summits, those held by Jimmy Carter in 1978 and Bill Clinton in 1993.

Tuba Player

The Metropolitan Opera Knows Hairbrushes and Tubas Don't Mix >>

It's not often that musicians are faced with dramatic problems minutes before they go on stage, or into the pit. A recent diary entry made by the Metropolitan Opera, however, claims a hairbrush and a tuba can make for a disastrous evening.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda Begs American Officials to Fix Puerto Rico in Op-Ed Piece >>

An op-ed piece posted on Monday by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda urged the United States to intervene on the island's economic crisis. In his letter he recounted childhood memories and, not surprisingly enough, the words of Hamilton himself.

Cuba's All-Female Orchestra, Camerata Romeu, Has

Cuba's All-Female Orchestra, Camerata Romeu, Has "Something to Share" >>

For Cubans, music is deeply rooted in their culture. But the varieties of Cuban music differ from a stereotypical guitar, bass and guiro to a larger performance group. In one instance, an all-female orchestra appears to be making an impact.

Peter Van de Graaff

University of Oregon's KWAX Resumes Broadcasting with Peter Van de Graaff >>

The University of Oregon sponsored radio station KWAX-FM has come under scrutiny as of late for not featuring live curated music playlists on its broadcasts. The reason for this, though, is strangely a well-kept secret.

Joyce Yang

EXCLUSIVE: Joyce Yang on New York Philharmonic's 'Spanish Nights' Concerts >>

Premiering tonight, March 30, pianist Joyce Yang and the New York Philharmonic under maestro Bramwell Tovey will take to David Geffen Hall to perform iconic pieces from Falla and Massenet.

Classic FM's Aled Jones to Release New Album 'One Voice' April 1

Classic FM's Aled Jones to Release New Album 'One Voice' April 1 >>

Welsh singer, Classic FM presenter and all-around beloved artist Aled Jones has announced a new release due April 1. His new album, One Voice, will feature duets between a young Jones and the current.

Michael Stipe

Watch Michael Stipe Perform David Bowie's 'Man Who Sold the World' on Fallon >>

This week, the late David Bowie will receive two tributes in the form of concerts. In preparation for the sold out events, REM's Michael Stipe stopped by The Tonight Show to perform Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" on live TV.

Military Marching Band

'Put Down the Tuba, Pick Up a Wrench or a Gun' Arizona Congresswoman Slams Armed Forces Bands >>

Recently, Republican Congresswoman from Arizona, Martha McSally, slammed the Air Force's in-house ensemble saying that players should "put down the tuba and pick up a wrench."

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding Added to David Bowie Tribute Concert Lineup >>

The lineup for the David Bowie tribute concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City has expanded. The evening will now feature none other than the heinously talented bass player, Esperanza Spalding, Patti Smith and more.

Baroque Violinist Mélanie Defize Named Among the Dead in Brussels Attack

Baroque Violinist Mélanie Defize Named Among the Dead in Brussels Attack >>

Among those who perished in the horrific attacks in Brussels last week is Mélanie Defize, 29, a young Belgian musician and musicologist.

Despite Rumors, Managers Say Jonas Kaufmann Will Perform 2017 Schedule as Planned

Despite Rumors, Managers Say Jonas Kaufmann Will Perform 2017 Schedule as Planned >>

He has pulled out in the past so it was worth believing, but world famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann has announced that he has no plans of cancelling his 2017 performance schedule. A story published in La Nacional claimed Kaufmann was bowing out of his engagements though, as his Facebook reads, that is completely untrue.

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