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Axl Rose

Axl Rose: No Love for Dank Memes, Issues Takedown Notice for 'Fat Axl' Photos >>

Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose recently pursued legal action in having certain of his performance images scrubbed from the web. Using anti-piracy firm Web Sheriff, Rose wishes to stop the spread of the 'Fat Axl' meme now making the Internet rounds.

The Broad

The Broad Museum Launches Summer Sound and Art Series, 'Nonobject(ive)' >>

Los Angeles’ The Broad museum celebrates the summer with an avant-garde helping of sound, art and performance. “Nonobject(ive): Summer Happenings at the Broad,” starting June 25, presents a series of art installations steeped in the progressive movement of creativity.

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie's 'Shalimar the Clown' Premieres This Month at St. Louis Opera >>

A new opera based on the novel by British Indian writer Salman Rushdie, 'Shalimar the Clown,' will receive its world premiere this month at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Rushdie is best known for his controversial 1988 book, 'The Satanic Verses.'

Ennio Morricone

Ennio Morricone to Release New Album, Signs with Decca Records >>

Following the success of 'The Hateful Eight' score, legendary composer Ennio Morricone has signed a new recording contract with Decca Records. The label will release his new album, 'Morricone 60,' this October, just shy of Morricone's eighty-eighth birthday.

Sydney Opera House

St. Louis Symphony Announces Gemma New as Resident Conductor >>

St. Louis Symphony has named Gemma New as resident conductor. New joins the symphony from Ontario, Canada's Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. She will replace Steven Jarvi, St. Louis Symphony's current conductor, beginning with the 2016-17 season.

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury Returns to Broadway in Revival of 'The Chalk Garden' >>

Angela Lansbury will return to Broadway next season when she stars in the revival of Enid Bagnold's 1955 play, 'The Chalk Garden.' Lansbury is renowned for her portrayal of detective Jessica Fletcher in the long-running CBS television series, 'Murder, She Wrote.'

Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Met Opera Names Yannick Nézet-Séguin as James Levine's Successor >>

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that longtime music director James Levine’s successor will be Philadelphia Orchestra conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nézet-Séguin will not officially take up the post until the 2020-2021 season.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan Nearly Loses Her Voice in Broadway Debut of 'The Crucible' >>

Academy Award-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan is reportedly battling a sore throat, nearly losing her voice during her Broadway debut as Abigail Williams in the revival of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible.' Ronan spoke to 'Good Morning America' about the play.

Guitar

San Fermin's Ellis Ludwig-Leone Bridges the Gap Between Classical and Pop >>

Musician Ellis Ludwig-Leone leads a rich musical life. Instrumentalist for rock band San Fermin, the artist graduated from Yale University with a composition degree. He writes baroque indie-pop songs with his band while orchestrating classical scores and ballets.

Pianist Rehearsing

Is Classical Music Dying? Pianist Charlie Albright Ponders the Thought >>

Is classical music a dying genre? Today, classically trained pianist Charlie Albright shared an enlightening opinion piece on the art form’s contemporary detriments and the forgotten but time-honored traditions that he feels should make a comeback.

Leona Lewis

'The X Factor' Winner Leona Lewis to Make Broadway Debut in 'Cats' Revival >>

Leona Lewis, English singer-songwriter and winner of 2006's 'The X Factor' singing competition television show, will make her Broadway debut this summer as "Glamor Cat" Grizabella in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famously enduring musical, 'Cats.'

Giorgio Albertazzi

Giorgio Albertazzi, Italian Theater Actor and Film Director, Dies at Age 92 >>

Giorgio Albertazzi, Italian actor and film director, has died at age 92. The artist was a pioneer of Italian film, a renowned thespian and recording artist. Albertazzi had a role in over 50 motion pictures and performed in numerous stage and screen theater productions.

American Psycho

'American Psycho' Musical to Close on Broadway After Substantial Losses >>

Its producers announced yesterday that ‘American Psycho’ will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, June 5, a week prior to the Tony Awards. The production claimed a total loss of its capitalization since opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre on April 21.

Natalia Karp

'Sounds and Sweet Airs' Details Female Composers Consigned to Oblivion >>

Anna Beer’s new book, 'Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music,' highlights overlooked but important female composers. The author spoke with NPR Music about the project and touched on some of her favorite women symphonists.

Jessica Lee Goldyn

'Tuck Everlasting' Closes on Broadway This Sunday After 39 Performances >>

'Tuck Everlasting' ends up not quite eternal. Producers of the Broadway musical announced today that the show, which opened on April 26, will close on Sunday. 'Tuck' gave 28 previews since March 31 and only 39 regular performances following opening day.

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