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EXCLUSIVE: Iggy Pop & the Stooges at (Le) Poisson Rouge [PHOTOS]

BRIEFS: NPR & Make Music New York, David Lang's World Cup, Delusional Maestro, Trey McIntyre's Project, Techne Girls >>

For the 2014 edition of Make Music New York, NPR Music commissioned Sunny Jain, founder of Red Baraat, to write a new song that would kick off the season in massive, marching-band style. He came back with "100+ BPM."

John Cage

PHOTOS: Avant Media Presents John Cage's 'Variations IV' at Wild Project >>

As Avant Media posted to Facebook: "We handed out a bunch of Disposable cameras for our epic 8-hour performance of John Cage's Variations IV during the Avant Music Festival. We've finally gotten them developed."

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Composer Trevor Gureckis on 'Potential Energies' Ballet Premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Composer Trevor Gureckis on 'Potential Energies' Ballet Premiere at BAM >>

In advance of the movement, Classicalite spoke with Gureckis--the composer behind it all. And as you can read below, he had a lot to say about collaboration, costumes and the role of any composer at large.

CLICK: Nelson Mandela Opera Over, Iggy Azalea Fancy Flapper, Jeff Goldblum's Jazz, Cabal & ACME, Moondog Begging >>

Unathi Mtirara, the producer of "Madiba: The African Opera' and grandnephew of Mandela, admitted that the show had run out of money after only three performances.

LINK: Time for Three Airport, Lang Lang Fragrance, John L. Adams's Mets, Owen Pallett, Potential Energies

LINK: US Airways Hates Time for Three, Lang Lang Fragrance, John L. Adams's Mets, Owen Pallett Q&A, Potential Energies Ballet >>

"U.S. Airways is not letting us put our violins on an airplane," said Time for Three violinist Nicolas Kendall (far right) in a new video, standing next to the plane. "How many artists have to deal with this shit?"

CLICK: James Rhodes' New Label, Alice Coote on Fat Shame, Brazil's Passinho Dance, Ballet Veterans, Brooklyn Rider Kickstarter >>

Pianist James Rhodes is launching a new record label (in association with Signum Classics) called Instrumental Records. The label will be formally launched at a concert at Hinde Street Methodist Church, Marylebone, London, on June 4. The first album, called 'Five', sees Rhodes recording Bach's Partita, BWV825, Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 15, Chopin's Ballade No 3 and Scherzo No 2, Gluck's Orfeo Melody (arranged by Sgambati) and Schumann's Frühlingsnacht (arranged by Liszt).

Bradley Wisk

LINKS: Bachelorette Tenor, Callas Biopic, Gramophone Hall of Fame, Modern Dance, Pauline Oliveros Kickstarter >>

Bradley Wisk, a 32-year-old "poperatic tenor" that was a student of Giorgio Tozzi at Indiana University in Bloomington, is among the first 25 dudes looking to get a rose from bachelorette Andi Dorfman.

Yanni

EXCLUSIVE: Watch Yanni's "Riconoscimento" from 'Inspirato,' Featuring Plácido Domingo and Plácido Domingo, Jr. >>

If you're still counting, Inspirato is celebrated Greek composer Yanni's seventeenth studio album, released last month on Sony Masterworks.

Musician Herbie Hancock poses at the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Paul McCartney in Los Angeles, February 10, 2012.

CLICK: Fly Lo & Hancock, Google Opera Glasses, BBC Young Musician 2014, Herbert's 20 Pianos, Davies' Tiny Desk >>

Cousin to saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison has shared a Vine vid of him, Thundercat and the great Herbie Hancock futzing around in Hancock’s studio.

LINKS: Anna Netrebko for Austrian Air, Miles Davis Way, Frozen Once Upon a Time, Strad Money, Dancing with Boston Stars >>

Watch the world's favorite soprano shill for Austria's second-rate airline. Then, watch a behind-the-scenes look at the world's most favored soprano shilling for a second-rate Austrian airline.

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

CLICK: Iraqi Youth Orchestra's U.S. Debut, Operatic Moms Quiz, Colorado Pot Tunes, Stolen Strad, Bang on a Can Cartoon >>

Founded in 2009 by then 17-year-old pianist Zuhal Sultan, the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq--"the world's bravest orchestra"--needs your help in coming to America.

REVIEW: The Complete Aspen Music Festival and School @ SubCulture...Abridged

REVIEW: Alan Fletcher's Complete Aspen Music Festival and School @ SubCulture...Abridged >>

With snow on the ground the morning of in lower Manhattan, Alan Fletcher, Aspen's president and CEO (and, full disclosure, Classicalite guest blogger), brought a star-studded roster--Aspen and Atlanta music director Robert Spano, soprano alumna Dawn Upshaw, St. Louis concertmaster David Halen, noted violinist and chamber music coach Sylvia Rosenberg--to SubCulture on Bleecker St. for a one-night-only gig.

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono and Cat Power's 'Revelations' Lyrics Printed in Village Voice as Poem for Earth Day 2014 >>

This week, once again, Yoko Ono shared her feelings about the coming Earth Day 2014 by reprinting the lyrics to her song "Revelations" as an ode in the Village Voice.

EXCLUSIVE: Shakina Nayfack Takes Classicalite's Proust Questionnaire

EXCLUSIVE: Transgender Theater Star SHAKINA Takes Our Proust Q&A >>

The word shakina--lowercase--is a distinctly Hebraic one. Specifically, it refers to the feminine presence of the divine spirit. Washed in the blood of Jimmy Carter's Southern Baptist on my mother's side, myself, I'm wont to call it the most important side of Elohim (as per that old Gnostic notion of Christ as both man and woman). Too bad, though, the name Transgendered Jesus is already taken. Because those are probably the best two words to describe one SHAKINA Nayfack--definitely uppercase.

Making Sense of Anthony Braxton's Brilliant Opera 'Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables),' Acts I & II @ Roulette (4/17/14)

Composition 536: A Short Video of Anthony Braxton's Opera 'Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables),' Acts I & II @ Roulette (4/17/14) >>

5 minutes, 36 seconds of the first two acts of Anthony Braxton's magnum opus: Trillium J (The Non-Unconfessionables).

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