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Shane Jordan

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season, New Composers-In-Residence

Manfred Honeck Replaces Riccardo Muti at CSO Open Rehearsal >>

Chicago Symphony Orchestra's open rehearsal for invited donors, community groups and the CSO's concerts has been set for February 18-20 with frequent guest conductor Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, announced as the guest conductor. The CSO's own Music Director, Riccardo Muti, was scheduled to helm the event but had to withdraw from all February's concerts and activities in Chicago due to a recent accident and subsequent convalescence.

Rolando Villazon & Nino Machaidze perform 'Romeo and Juliette'

Moscow Festival Ballet Brings ‘Romeo & Juliet’ to Brooklyn Center >>

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season with Moscow Festival Ballet's double bill of one-act ballets on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8pm. The program begins with a restaging of Shakespeare's tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet,' set to the music of Tchaikovsky and choreographed by legendary Bolshoi principle dancer Elena Radchenko. This will be followed by Alberto Alonso's fiery 'Carmen,' inspired by Bizet's sensuous and spirited opera.

David Hoose

Boston's Collage New Music Brings New Memorial Concert to MIT >>

Boston based Collage New Music has announced the next concert in its 2015-2016, set for Valentine's Day, entitled Eddie's Musical Spheres Memorial Concert. In honor of Edward Cohen's enormous gifts and contributions to Boston's musical life on the whole and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's music department in particular, the Institute organized a series of concerts in Cohen's name. Collage New Music was asked to give the first of these concerts in 2006 and is now returning to present the 2016 concert held on February 14, at 4 p.m. in Killian Hall at MIT.

Akram Khan

Banksy Tags French Embassy in Protest of Immigrant Mistreatment >>

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Michael Tilson Thomas

San Francisco Symphony to Release 'Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra' in March >>

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will release a new album, Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra, featuring Bay Area composer Mason Bates's three largest electro-acoustic orchestral works on the Orchestra's SFS Media label on Friday, March 11, 2016. The first full album of Bates's orchestral works features the first recordings of the SFS-commissioned "The B-Sides" and "Liquid Interface," in addition to "Alternative Energy."

Daniel Hyde

St. Thomas Church Hires Daniel Hyde as Organist and Director of Music >>

Saint Thomas Church's rector, wardens, and vestry have happily announced the appointment of Professor Daniel Hyde as the 22nd Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York, following the tragic passing of their former longtime Organist and Director of Music John Scott last year.

School of American Ballet 2016 Winter Ball

New York City Ballet’s SAB 2016 Winter Ball Announced >>

New York City Ballet's official training academy, The School of American Ballet (SAB), announces their annual 2016 Winter Ball at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater for Monday, March 14, 2016, sponsored by legendary French jewelry Maison Van Cleef & Arpels. This glamorous annual dinner dance, presented each winter for the past 12 years, is attended by 500 patrons -- including the School's board members and alumni as well as leaders from the New York corporate and social communities.

Diego Espinosa

NYU's La Maison Française Presents Experimental Percussionist Diego Espinosa Live in Concert >>

Percussionist Diego Espinosa is set to bring his unique vision and instruments to New York University's La Maison Française this Friday, February 12, 8pm. Presented by the Department of Music and the Maison Francaise, 'Corporel: A Concert for Solo Percussion,' Electronics and Invented Instruments, free to all who an interested in attending at Maison Française's East Gallery, Blue Hall, Broadway at W 116th Street.

Philip Glass

New York Theatre Ballet Heads to New York Live Arts Later this Month >>

The prestigious New York Theatre Ballet will perform at New York Live Arts, located at 219 W. 19th Street, from February 24-27, 2016. New York Theatre Ballet will present three ballets in the unforgettable evening including an untitled World Premiere set to Philip Glass' Piano Etudes choreographed by Steven Melendez and Zhong-Jing Fang, featuring the NYU Steel Drum Ensemble led by Jonathan Haas, Director of NYU Percussion Program. The company will also revive Jerome Robbins' Antique Epigraphs, staged by Kyra Nichols to Debussy's 6 épigraphes antiques, and Richard Alston's Such Longing to Mazurkas by Frédéric Chopin.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

BRIEF: Sign Language Brings Shakespeare to Listening Challenged Audiences >>

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Septime Webre

Monday, February 8, 2016 News Brief >>

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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Make 'Banjo EP' to Spend Time with Son >>

After coming together to finally make a baby, husband and wife, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, decided that perhaps it was time to team up for an album, so their little family could tour together for a while. Their new EP, 'Banjo Banjo,' was reportedly produced to keep the happy couple from having to tour separately with either the Flecktones or, in Washburns case, solo. While it's hardly the same as paid family leave, the 23-date tour behind the new EP will keep the Béla, Abigail and their baby boy Juno happily together through June.

Don Cheadle Channels Late-Miles Davis in Upcoming Sony Biopic 'Miles Ahead'

BRIEF: Rudresh Mahanthappa Explores Himself, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Stalls, Miles Davis >>

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Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

Kelly Strayhorn Theater Presents Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble >>

Touring the world for more than 40 years, Denver-based company Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble will be performing at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20. The group's Pittsburgh debut will include favorite works from the company's repertory, along with its most recent work, Bamboula: Musicians' Brew by Millicent Johnnie. Tickets for the event are Pay What Makes You Happy, allowing audiences to pay any price to attend.

Super Bowl 50 Logo

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Makes Super Bowl Bet with Denver Rival >>

It seems that everyone is getting into the spirit going into the NFL's Super Bowl 50. In honor of both their hometown teams making it to the championship game, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has made a friendly bet with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra dependent on the outcome of tonight's face-off betwen the Panthers and the Broncos.

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