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Jaime Prisco

Musée Maillol

Musée Maillol Closes Doors Indefinitely Due to Bankruptcy >>

The Musée Maillol in Paris has abruptly closed its doors indefinitely. Though a message posted to the museum's website stated that the closure is due to renovations, the company that manages the museum filed for bankruptcy earlier in the month.

Gurrumul

Gurrumul Announces US Tour: First Date Presented by Quincy Jones, SubCulture >>

Quincy Jones and SubCulture will present the first date in a series of U.S. tour dates by blind Australian sensation Gurrumul, a member of the Gumatj clan on Elcho Island in Australia.

Bob Belden

Bob Belden and Animation Become First American Musicians to Play in Iran Since 1979 >>

In times of political uncertainty, it seems as if music, once again, is bridging the cultural divide. New Yorker Bob Belden and his band, Animation, became the first American musicians to perform in Iran since the 1979 revolution.

Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan to Open 37th Annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performance Arts Festival With Free Show >>

Iconic soul singer, Chaka Khan, will open BRIC’s 37th annual Celebrate Brooklyn! Performance Arts Festival. The show, which will take place at Prospect Park Bandshell, will be free for all.

Ice Festival

Norwegian Ice Festival Performers Use Instruments Made of Ice >>

During these frigid winter days, it seems like everything is freezing over. Some people don’t mind the cold though, they even prefer it. -- like the musicians in the Norwegian village of Geilo -- who are performing with instruments made of ice for Norwegian composer and percussionist Terje Isungset annual Ice Music Festival.

Synth

'Doctor Who' Synth From '71 Being Restored >>

Are you ready for some more wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff? A rare synthesizer used in the British television show 'Doctor Who' in 1971 is being restored to be used at a concert in March.

Fifty Shades of Grey

'50 Shades of Grey' Score by Danny Elfman Released >>

Who knew that classical music could be so sexy? 'The Nightmare Before Christmas's' and 'American Hustle's' Danny Elfman did, of course. Four-time Oscar nominee and Grammy- and Emmy Award-winner Elfman’s original score album for the hit book-to-movie franchise 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has been released for purchase.

NYFOS

NYFOS Presents 'Bel Canto/Can Belto' for Emerging Artist Series >>

The New York Festival of Song will be presenting 'Bel Canto/Can Belto' as a part of its Emerging Artist Series and exploration of Italian song. The show marks NYFOS’s seventh annual residency at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.

2CELLOS

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with 2CELLOS (Luka Šulić and Stejepan Hauser) >>

It’s not every day that you see two cello players opening up for Elton John. Or playing on a hit TV show like Glee. But I guess Luka Šulić and Stejepan Hauser aren't your ordinary cellists. Together, they make up 2CELLOS--one, singular stringed sensation bridging the gap between musics classical and pop. You'll recall, Šulić and Hauser rose to fame at the frog of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Some 9 million YouTube views later, yeah, 2CELLOS (2CELLI?) is a household name. Recently, I had the pleasure to speak with the duo about their new album 'Celloverse,' just how they come up with their music video ideas and, most importantly, bananas. Lotsa bananas.

Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet and Tanya Tagaq Featured on Album 'Tundra Songs,' World Premiere of New Work at Carnegie Hall >>

Centredisc will be releasing a new album titled "Tundra Songs" featuring Kronos Quartet in a trio of works by Canadian composer Derek Charke. Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq will also appear on the album, which will be released in March. Kronos will also be playing the world premiere of "Charke’s Dear Creator, help us return to the centre of our hearts" at Carnegie Hall.

Barack Obama

What Has Changed for Musicians Since Re-Establishing Ties with Cuba? >>

A few months ago, we wrote an article about how re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba would affect musicians. Now, as time has passed, we are seeing details of this legislation starting to form and the changes that come along with it.

Björk

Björk Releases Trailer for Upcoming MoMA Retrospective >>

This is the year of Björk. The Icelandic singer has been making headlines with her critically acclaimed new album, "Vulnicura," and her upcoming shows at Governors Ball and Carnegie Hall. One of the most exciting things coming from the singer is her new retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, titled “Björk." She has recently released a trailer for the exhibition which is sure to titillate fans of the often subversive icon.

Max Richter

Max Richter Sets Out on Rare U.S. Tour This Upcoming March >>

This is a great time to be a Max Richter fan. The neoclassical composer will be revisiting his previous works in a brief upcoming U.S. tour this March.

Ronald Perelman

Perelman Takes Over as Carnegie Hall Chairman, Hopes to Shift From Classical Performances to Mainstream Acts >>

The internet is blowing up with news that billionaire Ronald Perelman will be succeeding Sanford I. Weill as the chairman of Carnegie Hall, a position he has held for nearly 25 years. The announcement isn’t just shocking because of the staff change, but also because Perelman has said to the New York Times that he is “not much of a classical music enthusiast” and hopes to push the hall into hosting more pop performances.

Fated Lovers

New Vintage Baroque, Damask Ensemble Tour "Fated Lovers" Program, Premiere Gregory Spears Cantata 'Virginiana' >>

New Vintage Baroque, a period-instrument ensemble from New York, and Damask Ensemble, a vocal quartet from The Hague, Netherlands, recently completed a successful IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign for an exciting project. Just how successful? Well, these two groups raised $20,235 in donations, supported by some 300 individual donors. It was an important initiative.

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