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New York Philharmonic Presents Week Long Messiaen Program, March 7-13

New York Philharmonic Presents Week-Long Messiaen Program, March 7-13 >>

Beginning March 7-13, the New York Philharmonic will present a week-long program of everything by the French master composer Olivier Messiaen. Shows will take place everywhere from Brooklyn all the way to the Metropolitan Museum's Temple of Dendur.

Lincoln Center Theater to Stage 'Falsettos' Revival in October

Lincoln Center Theater to Stage 'Falsettos' Revival in October >>

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that it will stage a revival of the beloved 1992 two-time Tony winner, "Falsettos." The production and its story deal with social issues of today and are welcomed back warmly.

Rachel Weisz to Debut in David Hare's 'Plenty' at the Public Theater for 2016-17

Rachel Weisz to Debut in David Hare's 'Plenty' at the Public Theater for 2016-17 >>

It's been announced that the Oscar-winning superstar, Rachel Weisz, will be featured in the revival of David Hare's award-winner, "Plenty." The performance will be billed as part of the non-profit Public Theater's 2016-17 season.

Trevor Nunn's First U.S. Staging of 'Pericles' Falls Flat in Brooklyn

Trevor Nunn's First U.S. Staging of 'Pericles' Falls Flat in Brooklyn >>

Trevor Nunn is one of the world's leading most Elizabethan directors, having staged everything from Shakespearean productions to carving out the semblance of Cats. For his latest, Nunn brings the turbulent Pericles to Theatre for a New Audience, which marks the first time the director has headed a U.S. production.

"Popera" Star Katherine Jenkins Sings 'Carmen' at GCHQ Gala >>

To commemorate the valiant efforts of her country's top-secret intelligence agency, Welsh "popera" singer Katherine Jenkins performed for the staff at GCHQ. The recital included "Habanera" from Carmen as well as "World in Union" for the 450-strong team.

Oscars 2016: Ennio Morricone Wins for 'Hateful Eight' While David Lang is Snubbed

Oscars 2016: Ennio Morricone Wins for 'Hateful Eight' While David Lang is Snubbed >>

At this year's Academy Awards gala, Ennio Morricone finally took home a gold statue for his contributions to Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight." But, along with #OscarsSoWhite, Mr. David Lang also got snubbed out of a performance for his nominated Best Original Song.

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club with Rev. Shawn Amos

EXCLUSIVE: C-LITE A.V. Club with Reverend Shawn Amos Q&A, "Will You Be Mine" [LIVE] >>

A blues artist in today's musical conversation may have a difficult time finding their place. The blues, of course, is one of America's traditions, one that is deeply rooted in the soil of Americana and music history as a whole. But in the case of the Reverend Shawn Amos, discovering the blues was not only a way of locating his voice but finding his seat in the musical conversation, too.

Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple Debut New Song 'Left Handed Kisses'

Andrew Bird and Fiona Apple Debut New Song 'Left Handed Kisses' >>

Perhaps one of the most resounding popular multi-instrumentalists of the day, Andrew Bird has released his latest track entitled "Left Handed Kisses." The song is a duet with Fiona Apple and comes as a single off Bird's forthcoming Are You Serious LP.

National Endowment for the Arts & Kennedy Center Announce 2016 Honorees

National Endowment for the Arts & Kennedy Center Announce 2016 Honorees >>

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 honorees. Considered the highest honor that a U.S. jazz musician can receive, a tribute concert will be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. on April 4 at 8 p.m.

Tech Talk: New Device, BACh, Teaches Piano Through Brain Monitors

Tech Talk: New Device, BACh, Teaches Piano Through Brain Monitors >>

A new device may be the saving grace for those who find it impossible to learn an instrument, specifically the piano. Given the title BACh (Brain Automated Chorales), the new device will monitor brain activity and blood flow to help guide the student down the pathways to learning the instrument.

Madison Ballet Amid Financial Strife Suspends Remainder of Season

Madison Ballet Amid Financial Strife Suspends Remainder of Season >>

It's been announced that the Madison Ballet will suspend the rest of its season. With a lack of funding and trying to prevent creating further financial debt, the company will cancel the rest of the season following its thrice performed production Spring Rep I this year.

EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Cahill on Mamoru Fujieda's 'Patterns of Plants,'  Noguchi Museum Recital

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Sarah Cahill >>

Life extends outward in unusual patterns here on planet Earth. Perhaps existence is rooted in plant life and the way it communicates with the modern world. Mamoru Fujieda and his chilling post-minimal magnum opus Patterns of Plants, the electrical activity of plants has become the basis, and composition, of his seminal 1997 recording.

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and S. Carey Remake Bryce Dessner's 'Music for Wood and Strings'

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and S. Carey Remake Bryce Dessner's 'Music for Wood and Strings' >>

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon has an eclectic resume of musical endeavors-including production on and contributing vocals to Kanye West's Yeezus. Now, Vernon, along with S. Carey, have released a cover track of Bryce Dessner's "Music for Wood and Strings."

Don Cheadle Reveals Having White Co-Star a

Don Cheadle Reveals Having White Co-Star a "Financial Imperative" for Financing >>

In keeping with the Oscars' "All White" scandal, Don Cheadle reveals that getting his Miles Davis biopic about the jazz trumpeting legend, entitled Miles Ahead, off the ground would have been an impossible feat had his co-star not been Caucasian. Casting Ewan McGregor as a fictitious Rolling Stone journalist, then, was a "financial imperative."

New York Philharmonic Continues Season with Performances of Dvořák and Bartók

New York Philharmonic Continues Season with Performances of Dvořák and Bartók >>

Beginning tonight Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. is the New York Philharmonic's next concert, one in dealing with all the virtuosic compositions associated with Dvořák and Bartók. Led by Christoph Eschenbach with Baiba Skride on violin, the New York Philharmonic's next gala should be intimate.

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