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Benjamin Millepied

The Royal Ballet’s Steven McRae Talks Dance Injuries >>

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Joel Grey

Joel Gray Announces He Is Gay at Age 83 >>

Here at Classicalite -- be it classical music, jazz, theater or dance -- arts news gets made fresh every single day.

Roberto Alagna

Audrey Azoulay Replaces Fleur Pellerin as France’s Culture Minister >>

Here at Classicalite -- be it classical music, jazz, theater or dance -- arts news gets made fresh every single day.

Okkyung Lee

Okkyung Lee & Amir ElSaffar Make Collaborative Debut at ISSUE Room Project >>

Cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Amir ElSaffar perform solo sets and their first collaborative duo at the ISSUE Project Room's 22 Boerum Place theater Sunday, February 28. These distinguished instrumentalists have developed formidable reputations for their exploratory performance techniques and genre-blurring approach to musical styles.

Stefon Harris

Chicago Symphony Center Welcomes Rudresh Mahanthappa & Stefon Harris's Sonic Creed >>

Chicago's Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series welcomes acclaimed saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and vibraphonist Stefon Harris and Sonic Creed for a double bill on Friday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m. Two of today's most exciting young jazz band leaders, Harris and Mahanthappa showcase their newest projects in this evening of genre-crossing jazz.

Thierry Fischer with Lang Lang

Utah Symphony Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall in April >>

The Utah Symphony and its music director, Thierry Fischer, are slated to celebrate the orchestra's 75th anniversary with a performance at Carnegie Hall in April 2016 in a concert.

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough & Christian Arming Get Romantic at NJSO >>

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) presents Romantic masterworks from Schumann and Brahms, March 17-20 in Newark and New Brunswick. British born classical composer and pianist Stephen Hough performs Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor, while Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège Music Director Christian Arming is set to conduct a program that opens with Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and closes with Johannes Brahms' Second Symphony.

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen Joins Yo-Yo Ma & CSo in Concert Feb25-27 & March 1 >>

World renowned conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is slated to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert February 24-27 and March 1. The February 25, 26, 27 and March 1 concerts feature internationally acclaimed cellist and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, written by the composer for his friend, the virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Celebrate 25-Years with World Tour >>

The Blue Man Group will bring audiences around the globe together for an unforgettable, euphoric celebration of life in full color with the launch of a World Tour beginning March 29, 2016 in Singapore.

Jon Crowley’s Fourth Album Cover

Jon Crowley New Jazz Album Inspired by Northwest Alt-Rock >>

Jazz trumpeter and composer Jon Crowley's new album, I Walk Amongst the Humans, with his current working band -- John Beaty (alto sax), Noah Berman (electric guitar), Max Maples (drums), Ben Thomas (bass), Brad Whiteley (piano) -- is set for release on Destiny Records March 11. His fourth album draws the inspirations for its unique sound from the Northwest alternative rock scene of the early 2000s.

'Dance Moms' Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler Makes More Money Qutting 'Dance Moms' >>

It looks like Maddie Ziegler is doing alright for a 13-year-old. According to the latest gossip news updates, the Sia music video star will go from making $2,000 an episode at Dance Moms to netting ten times as much for her work in her first full length film, The Book of Henry. Despite her quitting the Lifetime reality series to work on a new big budget Hollywood movie, Ziegler won't be leaving dancing to act fulltime. In fact, the pintsized protégé just announced that she has now joined Dace.com, an online community and social network for the dance industry.

Abby Lee Miller and Maddie Ziegler

Abby Lee Miller Slams 'Dance Moms' Parents & Producers >>

It seems that Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller is having problem with more than just the IRS. According to the latest gossip news updates, the reality TV star very much dislikes the show's producers, who she feels stifle her creativity by imposing inappropriate themes. Miller apparently doesn't think very much of her student's mothers either -- recently explaining that if not for her guidance there is no telling how the kids would have turned out.

Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Perform at Carnegie Hall >>

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra presents its final Signature Series concert of the season in Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, March 19, at 7:00 p.m. featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman as soloist. The concert continues the orchestra's season-long focus on musical influence and adaptation.

Vail International Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel

Vail International Dance Festival Celebrates 10-Years with Damian Woetzel >>

This July 30 through August 13, the Vail International Dance Festival will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of its Artistic Director, former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel. Its 28th season will feature Isabella Boylston as Artist-in-Residence, Company-in-Residence BalletX, and other companies appearing will include Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dorrance Dance, and Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance. Dancing with the Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya is also slated to create and perform in a Ballroom Spectacular in this year's festival.

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough to Perform Piano Concertos Album in Concert >>

Classical pianist and composer Stephen Hough is set to release his brand new album with the Andris Nelsons led City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Schumann and Dvořák Piano Concertos, on Hyperion Records April 8. Consisting of a rarely heard work by Antonín Dvořák alongside one of Robert Schumann's well-known piano concertos -- the juxtaposition exemplifies the characteristic idiom of both composers while revealing a new perspective on the pianistic writing of each, as well as the solo piano concerto form overall.

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