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Ian Holubiak

Watch New Minnestoa Opera Piece 'The Shining' in Preview Before it Premieres May 7

EXCLUSIVE: Minnesota Opera Previews Campbell and Moravec's 'The Shining' >>

This year, the Minnesota Opera will define what it means to adapt a novel to stage. Stephen King's best-selling text, The Shining (and let's be clear we're not talking about Kubrick), is a risky endeavor, one in dealing with enough psychologically-based thematic concepts that it could have driven librettist Mark Campbell insane just to write.

Watch Joanna Newsome Perform 'A Pin-Light Bent' & Talk About Andy Samberg on Seth Meyers

Watch Joanna Newsome Perform 'A Pin-Light Bent' on Seth Meyers >>

In support of her new album, 'Divers,' Joanna Newsom stopped by "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to perform "A Pin-Light Bent." Along with her featurette, Meyers sat Ms. Newsom down to ask her a few questions, one about the hilarious way she met her husband, Andy Samberg.

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Jeff L. Lieberman Respond to 'Nina' Controversy

Ta-Nehisi Coates & Jeff L. Lieberman Respond to 'Nina' Controversy >>

Two more reports have surfaced in response to the forthcoming biopic, "Nina," starring Zoe Saldana. Following earlier decrees on the film's casting decision and use of prosthetics and skin darkening make up, Jeff L. Lieberman and Ta-Nehisi Coates have denounced the movie as deplorable and inaccurate.

EXCLUSIVE: José González on 'Vestiges & Claws,' Beacon Theatre and Creating with yMusic

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with José González >>

There's a timeless quality in folk music that is substantiated through its minimalism. While some may feel that this section of the musical spectrum is inherently American, its reach extends across the Atlantic and has been appropriated by musicians of all stripes and nationalities. The minimal yet timeless quality of Swedish folk darling José González is what allows him to continue his canon with another release-one seven years in the making.

New York Philharmonic's 'Spanish Nights' Premieres March 30 with Bramwell Tovey

New York Philharmonic's 'Spanish Nights' Premieres March 30 with Bramwell Tovey >>

Beginning this week, March 30, the New York Philharmonic will premiere Spanish Nights, a tribute to Massenet and Falla. The program will feature music from Le Cid and Falla's illustrious Nights in the Garden of Spain and The Three-Three Cornered Hat proper and will be conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

New York Philharmonic's Second Biennial Announced, Begins May 23-June 11

New York Philharmonic's Second Biennial Announced, Begins May 23-June 11 >>

The New York Philharmonic's Biennial is coming up fast and with it, the company has announced a slew of performances from May 23-June 11. From Oscar Wilde in opera to Shared Madness, the biennial stretches from the Metropolitan Museum uptown all the way to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Karina Canellakis to Step Down as Assistant Conductor of Dallas Symphony

Karina Canellakis to Step Down as Assistant Conductor of Dallas Symphony >>

A most unfortunate announcement, Karina Canellakis, assistant conductor to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will leave the company after two seasons. With her contract expiring at the end of this term, Canellakis doesn't appear to be renewing her tenure.

Khatia Buniatshvili Releases 'Kaleidoscope' on Sony Music Masterworks March 18

Khatia Buniatshvili Releases 'Kaleidoscope' on Sony Music Masterworks March 18 >>

Khatia Buniatshvili, the revered classical pianist who has collaborated with superstars like Coldplay in the past, has just released her latest album. Entitled Kaleidoscope, the LP comes via Sony Music Masterwork's classical imprint.

'Nina' Distributor Robert L. Johnson Defends Casting Choice of Zoe Saldana in Biopic

'Nina' Distributor Robert L. Johnson Defends Casting Choice of Zoe Saldana in Biopic >>

In continuing with the controversy surrounding Zoe Saldana portraying legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, the film's distributor Robert L. Johnson responded to the outcry. In an interview, Johnson says the backlash is nostalgic of the American slave-era.

Watch Laurie Anderson Perform Music for Dogs on the Late Show with Colbert

Watch Laurie Anderson Perform Music for Dogs on the Late Show with Colbert >>

Earlier this year, Laurie Anderson performed a new piece for dogs in Times Square during a chilly New York evening. Now, she has brought that special canine masterpiece to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in a most resounding rendition of the tun

Royal Opera House Issues Warning About Graphic Material in 'Lucia di Lammermoor'

Royal Opera House Issues Warning About Graphic Material in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' >>

It looks like the Royal Opera House has issued a warning about an upcoming production Lucia di Lammermoor. The company wants patrons to heed its "PG-13" rating due to the stagings use of risqué and gory elements.

Sonny Rollins to Release New Album 'Holding the Stage: Road Shows' in April

Sonny Rollins to Release New Album 'Holding the Stage: Road Shows' in April >>

They say an artist creates until the bitter end, and the same may be true about legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. It's been announced that Mr. Rollins will add another album to the canon, entitled Holding the Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4 it will be released by Doxy Records on April 8.

Bohemian Caverns, D.C.'s Premiere Jazz Club, Closes its Doors March 31

Bohemian Caverns, D.C.'s Premiere Jazz Club, Closes its Doors March 31 >>

Yet another jazz club is forced to close its doors. Bohemian Caverns, the subterranean D.C. jazz club that put up the likes of Duke Ellington to Miles Davis, will turn over the keys on March 31 when its lease expires.

Watch Harrison Ford Sport a 'Jazz Face' at Smalls in New York City

Watch Harrison Ford Sport a 'Jazz Face' at Smalls in New York City >>

Harrison Ford digs jazz. At least, that's what a headline read as news of Han Solo attending a concert at Smalls Jazz Club surfaced this week. In a vide, Mr. Ford is seen listening Kush Abadey as he sports, as you would have it, the "jazz face."

Surgery Sidelines Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Cancels Berlin Philharmonic Performance

Surgery Sidelines Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Cancels Berlin Philharmonic Performance >>

It was reported that Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin was forced to cancel a high-profile engagement with the Berlin Philharmonic for an undisclosed ailment. Now, it's been confirmed that the Philadelphia Orchestra maestro was admitted for epigastric hernia.

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