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Philip Trapp

Les Paul 100th Anniversary Celebration - Performance

Crested Butte Music Festival Dazzles in Colorado for 20th Season This Summer >>

This summer marks the 20th season for Colorado's eclectic Crested Butte Musical Festival, a genre-spanning contemporary arts celebration featuring a diverse crop of talented performers in the creative fields of classical music, opera and modern dance.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Welcomes Two New Instrumentalists >>

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has revealed two new additions to their symphony. SPCO principal violinist and artistic director, Kyu-Young Kim, announced on Tuesday that violist Sifei Cheng and violinist Maureen Nelson will be joining the ensemble this year.

Mozart

Scientists: Listening to Mozart Lowers Blood Pressure, No Effect From ABBA >>

A group of German researchers have released findings that listening to classical music can help lower blood pressure. They determined that listening to Mozart or Strauss lowers systolic blood pressure, while listening to ABBA has a negligible effect.

Young Trumpeter

Elevate Ensemble Aim to Bring Classical Music to a New Audience >>

San Franciscan Chad Goodman, a professional trumpet player and entrepreneur, founded Elevate Ensemble with the goal of introducing classical music to a fresh audience. Elevate Ensemble functions as a pop-up chamber group willing to explore new territory.

Loire performs at Composers Concordance Concert

JacobTV, Dutch Composer, Creates Multimedia Opera of Current Events >>

Dutch experimental composer JacobTV, né Jacob ter Veldhuis, employed a unique collaging method to arrange his new multimedia piece, 'The News.' The avant-pop orchestration uses clips of news footage to create a sensory-straining “reality opera.”

Phillipa Soo

'Hamilton' Star Phillipa Soo Brings 'Amélie' Musical to Broadway Next Spring >>

Broadway actress Phillipa Soo of the Great White Way's hip-hop hit, 'Hamilton,' will assume the lead role in 'Amélie' next spring. The musical is based on the 2001 French romantic comedy film of the same name from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Venice Family Clinic's Art Walk & Auctions

Whole Foods Market Warned by FDA Over Food Safety Violations >>

Whole Foods is on the defensive this week after receiving a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration concerning their infractions of food safety rules. An inspection identified "serious violations" at the company's food prep facility in Boston.

Seaside Holiday

Seaside Holiday Depart on 'Grand Tours' – Sophomore LP Out This Month >>

Seaside Holiday, the Midwestern synthpop brother-sister duo of Cara McQuate and Morgan McQuate, recently announced the arrival of their second album, 'Grand Tours.' The 11-song effort is their first full-length record since their 2012 self-titled debut.

Shirley Caesar

Shirley Caesar Honors Charleston Victims on Anniversary of Church Shooting >>

Legendary gospel singer Shirley Caesar, hailed by many as the "First Lady of Gospel" music, will honor the nine victims of last year's Charleston, South Carolina church shooting with a performance this weekend at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church.

Hanging Violins

J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Metro Area Concertmaster and Organist, Dies at 71 >>

Concertmaster and organist J. Reilly Lewis died on Thursday, June 9, at his home in Arlington, Virginia. Lewis was a Bach expert and founded the Washington Bach Constort. He served as music leader at Clarendon United Methodist Church for over 40 years.

Hamilton Cast

Hamilton Captures Best Musical Tony, Falls One Short of Tony Wins Record >>

At the 70th Annual Tony Awards last night, the unstoppable popularity of 'Hamilton' helped the hip-hop-historical musical bring home 11 of its nominated 16 awards. The 11 wins falls just one short of the 2001 Tony wins record set by 'The Producers.'

Freddie Freeman & Jason Heyward

The Case for Classical Music Walk-Up Songs in Major League Baseball >>

An MLB hitter's choice of walk-up music can make for an invigorating primer at bat. As most players default to popular tunes, a certain niche of the sport's music lovers are making the argument for more classical fare in the audible allocation of “America's pastime."

Damien Escobar

Damien Escobar Explodes Genre Conventions With His Crossover Violin >>

Damien Escobar, a classically trained violinist with the pedigree of a pop star, is changing the way classical music fans think about the beloved instrument. The musician defies standard genre constrictions with a unique crossover musical style all his own.

Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda to Exit Broadway Hit 'Hamilton' This Summer >>

News broke yesterday that certain members of the 'Hamilton' cast may be leaving the show after this summer. 'The Hollywood Reporter' exclusively declared that Phillipa Soo, who famously portrays Eliza Hamilton in the production, is set to depart after July 9.

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Darmstadt International Summer Course Celebrated as Avant-Garde Stronghold >>

Last month, a Brooklyn festival honored the 70th anniversary of Germany's Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, a starting point of many revered avant-garde composers including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pierre Boulez and John Cage.

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