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Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac to Play 'Hamlet' in New Production of Shakespeare Tragedy >>

Oscar Isaac has been announced as the actor to play Prince Hamlet in a new production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, staged by New York’s Theater for a New Audience. Fans of Isaac will remember the actor for his recent roles in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Ex Machina.'

Benjamin Walker

'American Psycho' Benjamin Walker Performs "Selling Out" on 'Late Show' >>

Benjamin Walker and fellow cast members of the new Broadway musical, 'American Psycho,' dropped by 'The Late Show' on Friday to perform a number from the production based on Bret Easton Ellis' novel.

Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann’s 'An Evening with Puccini' Concert Film Now Available >>

Jonas Kaufmann delighted audiences at La Scala Milan last summer with his opera concert of Puccini arias. The resulting performance film, 'Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini,' premiered theatrically last February and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Tony Conrad

Tony Conrad Bows Out of Big Ears Festival, His ‘Amplified Drone Strings’ Remain >>

Artist Tony Conrad cancelled his appearance at this weekend's Big Ears Festival due to ill health. The performances of his collaboration with Faust, 'Outside the Dream Syndicate,' and his 'Amplified Drone Strings' concert continued as planned.

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2009 - Day 3

Anohni Premieres ‘Hopelessness' at New York's Park Avenue Armory Next Month >>

English vocalist Anohni (né Antony Hegarty) of art pop group Antony and the Johnsons will release her new record, 'Hopelessness,' on May 6. The Park Avenue Armory will unveil the album as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2016.

Mary Shelley

Liam Scarlett’s ‘Frankenstein’ Ballet Coming to San Francisco Next Year >>

Liam Scarlett's new ballet, 'Frankenstein,' was recently announced as part of the San Francisco Ballet's 2017 season. The ballet receives its world premiere this May at London's Royal Opera House.

The Bernstein Beat

New York Philharmonic Archives Digitized in Anticipation of 175th Anniversary >>

The New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 175th anniversary next season with a nostalgic 2016-17 itinerary. And in observance of nearly two centuries of music, the Philharmonic is illuminating its extensive digital archive library.

Spectre German Premiere

'Spectre' Singer Andreas Scholl Bringing Baroque Opera Back Into Limelight >>

German countertenor Andreas Scholl is spearheading a rejuvenation of baroque opera with his distinct, unadulterated voice. The vocalist received mainstream recognition last year when his version of “Cum Dederit" appeared in the recent James Bond film, 'Spectre.'

Moog

Wendy Carlos' 'Switched-On Bach' Still Enlightening Today’s Electro Musicians >>

Wendy Carlos made electronic music history in 1968 with her album "Switched-On Bach," a collection of Bach’s works performed on an early Moog synthesizer. Today, that album still informs the music of pioneering electronic composers.

Il Volo

Italian 'Popera' Group Il Volo Performs in Southern California This Weekend >>

Operatic pop group Il Volo are bringing their passionate vocal display to Southern Calfornia this weekend for a pair of concerts.

Justin Peck

Justin Peck Premieres ‘In the Countenance of Kings’ With San Francisco Ballet >>

Rising-star choreographer Justin Peck will premiere a work with the San Francisco Ballet this spring titled 'In the Countenance of Kings' featuring music from frequent Peck collaborator and acclaimed indie songster Sufjan Stevens.

Autechre

Autechre Makes Electronic Music for the Classically Minded >>

Experimental electronic music duo Autechre, composed of Mancunians Rob Brown and Sean Booth, make intelligent dance music for the discerning listener. Active since 1987, their extensive discography comprises artful compositions mirroring the scope of contemporary classical.

Hanging Violins

Josef Anton Riedl, German Musique Concrète Composer, Dies at Age 86 >>

German experimental composer, Josef Anton Riedl, has died at 86. Riedl, a student of Carl Orff and Edgard Varèse, was a pioneer in the electronic and musique concrète genres.

Beethoven

In New Poll Beethoven Overtakes Mozart as Most Popular Composer >>

A new listener's poll conducted by Classic FM has Beethoven besting Mozart as the most popular composer. The classical music station’s annual poll results have historically had Mozart in the top position.

Stethoscope

Can Classical Music Improve Your Health? Numerous Sources Weigh In >>

Can listening to classical music favorably affect your health? Numerous studies have posited its advantageous effects on cognitive and physical conditions. Here, we attempt to decipher the data.

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