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Jason Martin

Starflyer 59 Return at the "Wrongtime," New Album 'Slow' Due This Summer >>

Veteran indie rockers and shoegazing songsmiths Starflyer 59 return this June with new album 'Slow.' The band's 14th full-length record, the release finds them reunited with longtime label Tooth & Nail Records, who last week debuted the LP's lead single, "Wrongtime."

Sondra Radvanovsky

Met Opera Swaps Anna Netrebko for Sondra Radvanovsky as Bellini's 'Norma' >>

The Metropolitan Opera this week switched the announced performer in the title role of Vincenzo Bellini's opera 'Norma' for their upcoming 2017-18 season. Sondra Radvanovsky will replace Anna Netrebko beginning with the Met's season opener on September 25, 2017.

Radiohead

Radiohead Pulls Social Media White Out, Unveils New Single 'Burn the Witch' >>

Radiohead confused music fans last weekend, deleting all content on their website and social media platforms. The online erasure was executed in advance of the band’s first new music in nearly five years. On Tuesday, Radiohead released new single “Burn the Witch."

Jennifer Hudson

2016 Tony Awards Nominations Snub Jennifer Hudson, 'American Psycho' >>

Certain Broadway productions were bound to be overlooked with the season’s sweeping success of 'Hamilton,' which earned a record-breaking 16 nominations. This year's exclusions include Jennifer Hudson in 'The Color Purple' and Duncan Sheik's 'American Psycho.'

Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Hamilton' Breaks Tony Award Records with Unprecedented 16 Nominations >>

'Hamilton,' the year's hottest ticket on Broadway, is now a record-setting Tony Awards contender. Announced yesterday, the production nabbed an unbelievable 16 nominations -- the most collected by any Broadway show in the history of the Tony Awards.

Kip Winger

Rocker Kip Winger Releases Classical Music Tribute to Vaslav Nijinsky >>

Rock musician Kip Winger, best known for his eponymous '80s metal band Winger, will release a classical music album this spring. The three-suite collection features the artist’s tribute to early 20th century Russian dancer and choreographer, Vaslav Nijinsky.

Sydney Opera House

Experience the Sydney Opera House in Google's Panoramic Multimedia Exhibit >>

The Sydney Opera House has unveiled a vivid 360-degree video tour of its premises. Released in collaboration with Google Cultural Institute, the multimedia experience features musical accompaniment from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and singer Nicole Car.

Carl Franklin

'Bless Me, Ultima,' Rudolfo Anaya's Controversial Novel, to Become Opera >>

Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated yet controversial 1972 novel, 'Bless Me, Ultima,' will find new life as an opera. One of the most challenged books in the U.S. and the best-selling Chicano novel of all time, it was adapted as a feature film in 2013 by director Carl Franklin.

Show Boat

'Show Boat,' Acclaimed Hammerstein Musical, Continues Its West End Revival >>

'Show Boat,' the enduring 1927 musical from Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, extends its current West End revival. Helmed by Welsh director Daniel Evans, the latest version of the renowned production opens this week at New London Theatre.

Beethoven

Beethoven's Music Still Kicking as Elias Quartet Salutes the Master's Strings >>

The music of Ludwig van Beethoven is still going strong. London chamber ensemble Elias String Quartet are now tackling Mr. Beethoven’s string works with their ‘Beethoven Project,' a multi-year endeavor to perform all of Beethoven's quartet pieces.

Prince

Prince’s Ballet Appreciation and Rapport with Prima Ballerina Misty Copeland >>

This death of legendary artist Prince shocked music fans worldwide this week. With numerous news items highlighting the eccentric performer’s various proclivities, an oft-overlooked aspect of his vast artistic understanding was a reverence and love for ballet.

Sofia Coppola

Director Sofia Coppola Premieres Verdi's 'La Traviata' at Rome Opera House >>

American film director Sofia Coppola, creator of generational benchmarks like 'Lost in Translation' and 'The Virgin Diaries,' opens her debut opera in Italy next month. A staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s 'La Traviata,' the Italian libretto will premiere at the Rome Opera House.

Brian Asawa

Brian Asawa, Acclaimed San Francisco Opera Countertenor, Dies at Age 49 >>

Vocalist Brian Asawa died on Monday, aged 49. The Japanese-American countertenor, nephew of sculptor Ruth Asawa, was a celebrated operatic performer with close ties to the New York Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco's Merola Opera Program.

Piano

Christopher O'Riley's Classical Music for the Masses: Piano Radiohead, Nirvana >>

Classical pianist Christopher O'Riley has released two albums of British band Radiohead's music arranged solely for keys. The musician continues in his effort of introducing classical music to a new cache of listeners.

Liev Schreiber

Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer Bringing 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' to Broadway >>

Tony-winners Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer are bringing the British production of 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses' stateside this fall. Playwright Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of the French novel will run for 15 weeks at New York City’s Booth Theatre.

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