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Billy Crystal to Host Jazz at Lincoln Center's Latest 'Love, Loss & Laughter: The Story of Jazz', Which Will Be Streamed via JALC Live for Free

Wynton Marsalis Releases New Album with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra >>

Today makes the start of Wynton Marsalis' 2016 Blue Engine International Tour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra -- its longest in almost 15-years. For their fans not on the tour schedule, however, Blue Engine Records release of The Abyssinian Mass by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring Damien Sneed, Chorale Le Chateau and Special Guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III this spring. Marsalis's first original recorded composition in 6-years the double album with bonus documentary DVD, out March 18, celebrates a unique collaboration between jazz, gospel, instrumentation and vocals that should hit the spot.

Chiara Muti and Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti Cancels CSO Concerts Following Mishap >>

74-year-old Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, Riccardo Muti, could not have been more confident going into last week's concerts in South Korea -- predicting that the attendees at the Seoul Arts Center would not soon forget the CSO's performance there. It seems that that hubris might have led to his having to cancel his upcoming February residency back in the Windy City. While the shows went off without a hitch, a minor accident between the final January 29 concert and Muti's return home led to his needing an emergency hip operation and some time off.

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Dan Schlosberg Rearranges 'Lucia di Lammermoor’ Score for Heartbeat Opera Festival >>

The Heartbeat Opera has announced the return of its annual Spring Festival slated for mid-March. The ten-day event will feature a new 90-minute adaptation of three act tragedy of Gaetano Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' with a new arrangement of the score by Invisible Anatomy's Dan Schlosberg along with Henry Purcell's 'Dido' and Aeneas' and new series COLLABORET.

John Carpenter

John Capernter Announces 'Lost Themes II' US Tour Dates? >>

After more than 40-years of directing movies, John Carpenter surprised fans and critics alike when he released his first ever album of non-soundtrack material, Lost Themes, back in 2014. Now for another first -- the Hollywood icon is announcing his first ever world tour behind the release of his second record, Lost Themes II. While Carpenter brought both his son, Cody Carpenter, and his godson, Daniel Davies, back for the sequel, this time around the boys were able to come together all at once in the studio, instead of exchanging bit and pieces of songs over the Internet for years.

Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio

'SYTYCD: Junior' to Premieres 2016 as 'The Next Generation' >>

It looks like Cat Deeley is going to be able to feed that new baby after all. According to the latest gossip news updates, 'So You Think You Can Dance' has been renewed for a 2016 season with a premiere date set for early May. While it has been rumored for quite some time that the show was due for a change in format, 'SYTYCD: The Next Generation' is going to feature an All-Star element on top of the contestants all being children, ages 8-13.

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'Family Guy' Seth MacFarlane Receives Frank Sinatra Award >>

He may be known for his trend-setting animated series Family Guy and his raunchy buddy comedy Ted, but Seth MacFarlane isn't only interested in laughs. Since 2011, MacFarlane has released three albums of American standards from the '50s and '60s, with his latest, No One Ever Tells You, receiving a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal. And it is for those contributions that Barbara Sinatra will be honoring MacFarlane with the Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts at the 28th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational on February 20.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sandy Duncan to Replace Carolee Carmello in 'Finding Neverland' Musical >>

More than 30-years after being nominated for a Tony Award for playing the titular role in 'Peter Pan,' Sandy Duncan will be returning to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre to replace Carolee Carmello in the Broadway production of 'Finding Neverland.' The 69-year-old triple threat recently explained that returning to a Pan oriented show in the same theater that she once played the boy that would not grow up has brought back memories so vivid they borderline on déjà vu. In addition to Duncan, Tony Yazbeck has also joined the cast as a replacement for lead Matthew Morrison, who is going on to take a recurring role in CBS' 'The Good Wife.'

Matt Bevin

Matt Bevin Leaves Kentucky Art Council Budget Largely Unmolested >>

Earlier this month, many a member of the Kentucky art community was up in arms after hearing the rumors that newly elected governor Matt Bevin planned to completely eliminate the budge for the state's Kentucky Art Council. As it turns out, however, when the budget was finally revealed last Tuesday, the majority of the Art Coucil's $2,796,200 budget was left intact.

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Josh Groban Wears Extra Underwear for Broadway Debut? >>

While Josh Groban might take his career seriously, that seems to be about it. The 34-year-old native of L.A. recently joked that he will more than likely need several pairs of underpants to get through his Broadway debut in 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.' In fact, Kat Dennings' jokester of a boyfriend recently revealed that he would love to star in a raunchy foul mouthed comedy someday, but seriously doubts his management team is ever going to allow that to happen.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Labor Disputes Yields Vote on 'Concessionary Contract'

Fort Worth Symphony Management Cancels 2016 Orchestra Pay Cuts >>

It seems that cooler heads have prevailed in Fort Worth. Last week the musicians' union of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra authorized a strike in the face of management's steadfast demand that they take an 8.7 percent pay cut, mostly through a reduction of paid time off. It was announced Friday, however, that the symphony's management had agreed to maintain wages through at least July, while they continue with contract negotiations.

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgen Performs in Grease Live Hours after Father's Death? >>

Although her father, Greg, died only hours ago, a brave Vanessa Hudgens has announced that she still plans to participate in the FOX' 'Grease: Live' tonight. While it no one would blame the former Disney diva for taking some personal time in the wake of such a private tragedy, the 27-year-old 'High School Musical' star let her fans know through Twitter that she endeavors to persevere. L.A.'s inclement weather also threatens to sideline the live TV musical, but director Thomas Kail has assured the media that they plan to make do -- regardless of the rain.

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Rashad Jennings & Taryn Manning Join 'DWTS' Season 22? >>

With Season 22 of 'Dancing with the Stars' not scheduled to premiere for a couple of months yet, the powers that be at ABC are still keeping the 2016 cast lineup under lock and key, but that hasn't stopped people from constantly speculating. According to the latest gossip news updates, both New York Giants' running back Rashad Jennings and 'Orange Is the New Black's' Taryn Manning are likely to be joining the pros in March. For her part, Kirstie Alley suggested that Rhea Perlman would be perfect for the show, only to opine that the 'Cheers' alum probably wouldn't be up for it.

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Concertgebouw Orchestra to Tour All 28 EU Countries >>

Amsterdam's world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) is clearly dedicated to putting its money where its mouth is, so to speak, when it comes to European unity. The RCO has just announced that over the next two-and-half seasons it will be touring to each and every one of the European Union's 28 member states. General manager Jan Raes explained of the tour that it is important to show dedication to a united continent at such a volatile time in our history. The orchestra also broke the news this month that Huang Ruo has just been hired as the RCO's first ever composer-in-residence.

Minnesota Orchestra Launches Career of Young Composers >>

Seven young composers got the opportunity of a lifetime this week, when the Minnesota Orchestra performed their work as part of its Composer Institute. According to the Institute's Director, Kevin Puts, emerging talents run into the catch-22 of not getting a chance to write for an orchestra until they have already proven themselves capable of doing so, but now at least 7 out of 150 applicants will be able to potentially launch their careers thanks to Minnesota Orchestra's Composer Institute. For New York fans of the orchestra, Music Director Osmo Vänskä will be leading the group in all-Sibelius program at Carnegie Hall -- their first concert there in five-years.

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Tippet Rise Art Center Inaugural Season Schedule Announced >>

Just opened in Montana's bucolic Beartooth Mountains, Tippet Rise Art Center is dedicated to uniquely combining nature, art and architecture with live music. Director Christopher O'Riley just announced an inaugural summer season that is bound to put the Art Center on the cutting edge of mixing music and nature in a way that far surpasses camping in Chattanooga.

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