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Late Jazz Singer Sarah Vaughan to be Honored with Forever Stamp in Newark

Late Jazz Singer Sarah Vaughan to be Honored with Forever Stamp in Newark >>

Iconic jazz singer Sarah Vaughan will be given a most resounding tribute in her hometown of Newark, N.J. this month. It's been announced the U.S. Postal Service is honoring the timeless artist with a forever stamp portraying the singer in an oil painting.

Colin Stetson Releases Music Video for 'SORROW' Feat. Sarah Neufeld

Colin Stetson Releases Music Video for 'SORROW' Feat. Sarah Neufeld >>

Earlier this year, Colin Stetson announced the release of another solo record entitled SORROW. With features by Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld and Liturgy's Greg Fox, Stetson has now released a five-minute video extract entitled SORROW I to accompany the release.

Philadelphia Orchestra to Perform in Mongolia, Slated to Begin Residency

Philadelphia Orchestra to Perform in Mongolia, Slated to Begin Residency >>

In a step toward a residency, the Philadelphia Orchestra is venturing where no American orchestra has ventured before. That is, in June 2017, the company will touch down at Genghis Khan International Airport in Mongolia and perform a series of concerts for the natives.

Ludovico Einaudi Cites Eminem & Radiohead as Inspirations for Composing

Ludovico Einaudi Cites Eminem & Radiohead as Inspirations for Composing >>

To become a popular classical musician with today's youth, a few things need to happen. First, you need to score popular shows and movies attractive a youth audience, then you need the support of other popular artists that have a grip on the attention of youngsters. And lastly, as is the case with Ludovico Einaudi, your tunes need to consume their attention and never let it go.

Piano Virtuoso Piotr Anderszweski Calls it Quits in Online Photo Blog

Piano Virtuoso Piotr Anderszweski Calls it Quits in Online Photo Blog >>

It is a huge loss to contemporary classical to lose a star player such as Piotr Anderszewski. The Polish-Hungarian pianist is an artist, he falls into the spaces of compositions and thrives in what could be--not what is. So it's with a heavy heart that we bid the pianist a fond farewell.

Tech Talk: Martin Molin's Wintergatan Machine Uses 2,000 Marbles to Play a Tune

Tech Talk: Martin Molin's Wintergatan Machine Uses 2,000 Marbles to Play a Tune >>

This isn't clickbait, instead this is a real life, full-functioning music box that incorporates marbles and a series of other homemade concoctions to produce a full composition by simply turning a wheel. The Wintergatan Marble Machine, which employs 2,000 pieces to accomplish its musical goal, is seemingly taking the internet viral world by storm.

Sax Legend Archie Shepp Reflects on Seeing John Coltrane for the First Time

Sax Legend Archie Shepp Reflects on Seeing John Coltrane for the First Time >>

The essence of John Coltrane is music and it was perhaps his life's mission to break music from a traditional grip. Recanting his affinity for the jazz archetype, the also-archetypal Archie Shepp reflects on witnessing Coltrane for the first time and how the saxophonist was able to communicate an entire musical manifesto through the voice of his horn.

Norah Jones Announces Dual Newport Festival Performances and Sixth Studio Album

Norah Jones Announces Dual Newport Festival Performances and Sixth Studio Album >>

In showcasing herself as a cross-over artist, the wildly talented Ms. Norah Jones will perform consecutive weekends at both Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals in July. With a sixth studio album announced for the fall, Ravi Shankar's daughter is cementing herself as a legendary folk, jazz and popular artist.

'Take Nina's Name Out Your Mouth' Says Simone Estate to Zoe Saldana

Simone Estate to Zoe Saldana: 'Take Nina's Name Out Your Mouth' >>

It seems that Zoe Saldana being casted as Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic Nina, a film about the singer's turbulent time with mental illness and racism, has invoked the ire of the Simone estate. After a tweet from Saldana offering up a sentiment of having "no fear," Ms. Simone's verified Twitter account retorted ferociously, saying, 'take Nina's name out your mouth."

Christoph von Dohnányi and the New York Philharmonic Perform Brahms March 3-8

Christoph von Dohnányi and the New York Philharmonic Perform Brahms March 3-8 >>

Beginning March 3 at 7:30 p.m., the New York Philharmonic will take to David Geffen Hall for a program of Brahms' A German Requiem under the maestro Christoph von Dohnányi. Featuring soprano Camilla Tilling and baritone Matthias Goerne, Brahms' heartfelt classic is yet another reason to use music as a means of keeping warm.

New Trailer Depicts Zoe Saldana and Ms. Simone in 'Nina' Biopic

New Trailer Depicts Zoe Saldana and Ms. Simone in 'Nina' Biopic >>

With a documentary about her having been nominated for an Academy Award, Nina Simone will now be paid tribute in the form of a biopic starring Zoe Saldana as the mentally unstable jazz singer. Entitled "Nina," the film hits theaters April 22 and a trailer for the movie has (finally) surfaced.

Dylanology: 'Blood on the Tracks' Manuscripts & More on Display at Brady Arts

Dylanology: 'Blood on the Tracks' Manuscripts & More on Display at Brady Arts >>

If you're a Dylanologist, then you've hit the motherload. As it's been reported, a secret archive of Bob Dylan memorabilia, stretching from unreleased recordings and concert footage to "Blood on the Tracks" manuscripts has been bought by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and is on exhibit in the Brady Arts District.

George Gershwin's 'An American in Paris' May Have Been Played Out of Key for 70 years

George Gershwin's 'An American in Paris' May Have Been Played Out of Key for 70 Years >>

George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" is perhaps one of the most iconic and recognizable pieces in American music. However, as it's been noted, Gershwin's classic may be the victim of faulty orchestration--meaning ensembles may have been playing the notes out of key for nearly 70 years.

'Dead Poets Society' in Production for Upcoming Classic Stage Co. Season

'Dead Poets Society' in Production for Upcoming Classic Stage Co. Season >>

The time has come for laureates of the seminal Robin Williams film, "Dead Poets Society." It's been announced that the cult classic will be adapted into a play by Tom Schulman and presented in a world premiere at Classic Stage Company this October. Schulman, if you aren't aware, won an Oscar for his work on the DPS movie.

When Violist Kim Kashkashian Won a Grammy, Kim Kardashian Stole the Spotlight

When Violist Kim Kashkashian Won a Grammy, Kim Kardashian Stole the Spotlight >>

In today's pop culture, super diva Kim Kardashian and her brand of gypsies have seemingly taken over the Internet. The frequency in which Kim gets coverage on the web is astounding, so much so that two years ago, the classical violist Kim Kashkashian's Grammy win went virtually unnoticed.

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