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Gustavo Dudamel Given the Cultural Achievement Award by the Americas Society

Gustavo Dudamel Given the Cultural Achievement Award by the Americas Society >>

Earlier this week, Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel was honored with the Americas Society Culutral Achievement Award. The award was given to the conductor for his outstanding accomplishments in the artistic and humanitarian sphere.

Watch Gustavo Dudamel & the L.A. Philharmonic Perform on Late Show with Colbert

Watch Gustavo Dudamel & the L.A. Philharmonic Perform on Late Show with Colbert >>

A Super Bowl in the bag, now, maestro Gustavo Dudamel and members from the L.A. Philharmonic pop by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for a resounding performance that was perhaps one of the few appearances that translated well to the television format.

Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara Talk Friendship in Arcade Fire and Solo Music

Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara, Friendship in Arcade Fire and Music >>

From Arcade Fire to beyond, musicians Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara are more than just pals in a supremely influential indie-rock band (perhaps one of the only groups worthy of the title, too). But, with two solo albums coming out by each individual-and on the same day-the pair talked about their musicianship and what it's like to collaborate.

The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2016 National Council Winners

The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2016 National Council Winners >>

The Metropolitan Opera's annual National Council Auditions has to be a looming force over its contestants. The young contenders, who aim to make one of the top five positions and an astounding boost to their singing career, have been selected for 2016.

Watch Lang Lang Perform Alongside an Orange on Skavlan Talk Show

Watch Lang Lang Perform Alongside an Orange on Skavlan Talk Show >>

It's without a doubt that Lang Lang has dexterous hands. Now in a new video also a dexterous, um, orange. Yes, in a recently surfaced video, the famous Chinese piano player performs on Skavlan with an orange in hand, tapping away at the keys as part of an old trick coined by the musician.

Jazz's 'Best Kept Secret' and Timeless Singer, Ernestine Anderson, Dies at 87

Jazz Singer and 'Best Kept Secret' Ernestine Anderson Dies at 87 >>

Another sad story for the world of music, jazz vocalist and four-time Grammy-nominee Ernestine Anderson died of natural causes in Shoreline, Wash. on Thursday. She was 87 years old.

Anthony Roth Costanzo Bears All in Philip Glass Opera 'Akhnaten' at ENO

Anthony Roth Costanzo Bears All in Philip Glass Opera 'Akhnaten' at ENO >>

In a resounding performance at the English National Opera, Anthony Roth Costanzo bared all as Akhnaten in Philip Glass' opera of the same name. To prep for the role, though, Mr. Constanzo had to endure arduous training as well as an entire mental and physical overhaul.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Discusses 'Karawane' at New York Phil's Insights March 16

Esa-Pekka Salonen Discusses 'Karawane' at New York Phil's Insights March 16 >>

Next on the docket for the New York Philharmonic's Insights series, composer-in-residence Esa-Pekka Salonen discusses his most recent major work, Karawane. As always the series is free and takes place at the David Rubenstein Atrium, dubbing the segment Insights at the Atrium.

Watch David Cranmer Play a Theremin Inside a Badger, Called the 'Badgermin'

Watch David Cranmer Play a Theremin Inside a Badger, Called the 'Badgermin' >>

In this day and age and with the advent of new technology as a constant, it's no surprise that most anything can be turned into an instrument. That is, until you've seen a badger transformed into a playable Theremin, then perhaps anything can really be transformed into something that makes music worth listening to.

Moody's Reports Metropolitan Opera's Credit Remains Despite $1 Million Surplus

Moody's Reports Metropolitan Opera's Credit Rating Remains Despite $1 Million Surplus >>

Despite seeing a $1 million surplus after it ended its last fiscal year, the Metropolitan Opera's credit rating still hasn't changed. According to Moody's Investors Service, the company may have seen some lightness in the box office, but it still yields large donor support in light of its recent season.

Watch Gaelynn Lea Perform Songs of Heartbreak in Her Tiny Desk Concert

Watch Gaelynn Lea Perform Songs of Heartbreak at Her Tiny Desk Concert >>

NPR's most recent Tiny Desk concert featured a fiddle player by the name of Gaelynn Lea. Ms. Lea, who suffers from Osteogenesis Imperfecta (commonly known as "brittle bone disease"), is a classically-trained fiddler from Duluth, Minnesota. Her songs of heartbreak and despair resonated intimately at the Desk, which featured, perhaps, its largest crowd to date.

Watch David Lang, Netia Jones & Louis Langree Unveil Mostly Mozart's 50th Program

EXCLUSIVE: David Lang, Netia Jones Talk Mostly Mozart Fest's 50th Anniversary >>

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival is a staple of New York's classical music summer programming. More than likely a contributing factor to the city's summer influx of residents, Mostly Mozart is celebrating 50 years of concerts this year with a unique commission from Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oscar-nominated classical giant David Lang.

Jessica Ferber Unveils the Tragic Life and Story of Robert James Campbell in New Book

Jessica Ferber Unveils the Tragic Life and Story of Robert James Campbell in New Book >>

A tragic story about an unknown artist, Jessica Ferber's mission to uncover who photographer Robert James Campbell was is not an easy task. The artist, who died in 2002, remained homeless for so long that his name and art is practically unsearchable.

Former President Clinton Paid Tribute in New Opera 'Billy Blythe' by Opera Ithaca

Former President Clinton Paid Tribute in New Work 'Billy Blythe' by Opera Ithaca >>

It's been announced that Opera Ithaca will stage a new opera about the childhood of former President Bill Clinton. With Hillary as the Democratic--and probably Presidential--frontrunner, this American folk production couldn't come at a better time.

Thomas Adès Joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Artistic Partner for 2016-17

Thomas Adès Joins the Boston Symphony Orchestra as Artistic Partner for 2016-17 >>

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced that it will welcome internationally renowned British composer Thomas Adès to the new position of artistic partner. The appointment is a three-year tenure that will feature him as a composer, conductor, pianist and teacher.

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