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New York City Opera Shutting Its Doors After 70 Years

New York City Opera Announces Daniel Catan Premiere and Spanish-Language Series >>

With one classical-based organization staying above water, the New York City Opera announced that it would stage Daniel Catán's Florencia en al Amazonas in June at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. This will mark the company's first endeavor into its Spanish-language opera series.

Leading Contemporary Composer Georg Friedrich Haas Comes Out as Kinky

Leading Contemporary Composer Georg Friedrich Haas Comes Out as Kinky >>

It's a common business practice to make sure your house is in order -- and that's exactly what the political microtonal composer Georg Friedrich Haas has done. The Austrian-born Haas recently opened up about the strange sexual nature of his most recent marriage, which has helped propel his music to new heights.

Oscar Nominees David Lang and J. Ralph Will Not Perform on Telecast

Oscar Nominees David Lang and J. Ralph Will Not Perform on Telecast >>

When you tune into the Oscars this weekend, you won't see performances by two of the Best Original Song nominees. As it's been reported, performances from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang and two-time Oscar nominee J. Ralph have been cut from the televised program.

Broadway's 'Hamilton' Receives Kennedy Prize for Historical American Drama

Broadway's 'Hamilton' Receives Kennedy Prize for Historical American Drama >>

Already a Broadway legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his seminal production Hamilton have now been awarded the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

Steven Reineke and National Symphony Pops Pair with Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe in D.C.

Steven Reineke and National Symphony Pops Pair with Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe in D.C. >>

In a special two-night event, Steven Reineke and the National Symphony Orchestra Pops will pair up with television stars Darren Criss and Betsy Wolfe at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a special evening of tunes from "The Book of Mormon," "Frozen" and more.

San Francisco's Church of John Coltrane Faces Eviction from Fillmore

San Francisco's Church of John Coltrane Faces Eviction from Fillmore >>

As John Oliver proved on Last Week Tonight, the routes to form a church in the U.S. are remarkably easy to navigate. The Church of John Coltrane, though, may not be having as easy a time remaining intact, as the Church's headquarters at the Fillmore Auditorium is under fire as the landlord is threatening to evict.

Watch Lang Lang Perform Ennio Morricone's 'Hateful Eight' Score

Watch Lang Lang Perform Ennio Morricone's 'Hateful Eight' Score >>

With The Hateful Eight in the running for three Academy Awards, the world-renowned pianist Lang Lang has recorded a new rendition of Ennio Morricone's original score. In a new video, the piano-playing virtuoso performs the piece in his own voice.

EXCLUSIVE: BAFTA-Winning Composer ólafur Arnalds Talks 'Reminiscence' Video and Reinventing Chopin with Alice Sara Ott

Watch Olafur Arnalds Ask for Crowd Participation in Sydney Opera Performance >>

ólafur Arnalds has become a mainstay in the scoring circle. A BAFTA award-winner and composer to the ITV crime drama Broadchurch, Arnalds recently led an orchestra through a most unique program at the Sydney Opera House--one that required the participation of the audience.

Concert Pianist Wins Suit Against Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme in France

Concert Pianist Wins Suit Against Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme in France >>

A concert pianist was just awarded damages for her contribution to the infamous Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme that landed the financier in prison with a 150 year sentence. The French musician, who remains unnamed, won the case due to a substantial error made by the investor's bank in advising the musician's assets.

Terry Baum's 'Hickok: A Love Story' Looks at Secret Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

Terry Baum's 'Hickok: A Love Story' Looks at Secret Life of Eleanor Roosevelt >>

Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok may have had a secret love affair that has been realized in the scores of letters exchanged between the two. Now, that correspondence will manifest in a one-woman show entitled Hick: A Love Story that will open at Baltimore's Theatre Project on Feb. 25.

Jonas Kaufmann Screens 'Evening with Puccini' Feb. 23 in Select Theatres...WIN TICKETS

WIN FREE TICKETS: Jonas Kaufmann's 'Evening with Puccini' (Fathom Events) >>

You know the name, Jonas Kaufmann, the world's best (and hottest) operatic tenor. In an intimate performance by the singer, his Evening with Puccini concert will be showing in select U.S. theatres tomorrow, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Tim Hecker Announces 'Love Streams' Tour With Shows at Warsaw and Moogfest

Tim Hecker Announces 'Love Streams' Tour With Shows at Warsaw and Moogfest >>

Tim Hecker announced last month the title of his next studio album, Love Streams, which will be released via 4AD on April 8 and has also premiered a single from the disc entitled "Castrati Stack." In support of that new album, Hecker will drop by Brooklyn's own hole-in-the-wall Warsaw here in Williamsburg.

Willie Nelson's 'Summertime' Gershwin Tribute LP Up for Streaming

Willie Nelson's 'Summertime' Gershwin Tribute LP Up for Streaming >>

Willie Nelson's next album comes in the form of a tribute, to none other than the creator of the Great American Songbook, Mr. George Gershwin. The album, entitled Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, is poised to drop on February 26 but is currently up for listen on NPR.

EXCLUSIVE: Lisa Moore on 'Stone People' Cantaloupe Premiere at LPR Feb. 23

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Lisa Moore >>

Lisa Moore is more than just a seminal New York pianist who founded the iconic Band on a Can All-Stars. Her dynamic performances incorporate elemental designs that help her channel a unique flow in the way she plays the instrument. In a one-of-a-kind, one-night only showing, Lisa Moore will take to the downtown dwelling (Le) Poisson Rouge this Tuesday, Feb. 23 for a release show of her new album The Stone People.

Cecil Taylor Tells Prize Money Thief Noel Muir to 'Die' After Trial

Cecil Taylor Tells Prize Money Thief Noel Muir to 'Die' After Trial >>

Perhaps one of the largest figures in jazz still living today, Cecil Taylor was scammed out of half a million dollars in 2013 when his Kyoto Prize money went to a fake organization called The Cecil Taylor Foundation. The mastermind, Noel Muir, could face 15 years in prison if indicted.

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