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Abby Lee Miller and Maddie Ziegler

Abby Lee Miller Claims to Have Quit ''Dance Moms' Proven False >>

While it's true that Sia muse, Maddie Ziegler, is finally ready to walk away from Lifetime's 'Dance Moms' for bigger and better opportunities, Abby Lee Miller claims that she is leaving don't ring quite so true. According to the latest gossip news updates, the reports that Miller is quitting the successful realty TV show to focus on the FBI's fraud case against her are utterly false, as she has actually asked the California courts permission to travel with the show to Las Vegas since making her announcement.

Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio

Travis Wall DefendsSYTYCD Next Genreation Contestants >>

Not everyone is convinced that Fox is making the right move in launching the new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' with child contestants, but Season 2 vet, Travis Walls has no doubt that the kids' moves will be impressive. According to the Emmy-winning choreographer, he has worked each and every one of the children that are being considered for 2016's 'SYTYCD: Next Generation' and knows that they are all quite talented.

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

Riccardo Muti Names Brothers Matous & Simon Michal to CSO Violin Section >>

Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti may still be convalescing following an accident that has caused him to cancel his February concerts, but that hasn't stopped him from announcing that Czech brothers, Matous and Simon Michal, have been named as the newest members of the second violin section.

Anna Moffo

Anna Moffo 12-CD Box Set 'Complete RCA Recital Albums' Released on Sony >>

Enjoying a meteoric rise to operatic fame in the 50s and 60s, before retiring from the stage in 1976, the angelic beauty of Anna Moffo voice could not be denied for the better part of her career. To mark the 10th anniversary of Moffo's death, Sony Classical has released the limited edition 12-CD boxset, Complete RCA Recital Albums -- primarily consisting of work from her heyday in the early 60s.

Jazz Bassist Christian McBride

Christian McBride's Mack Avenue SuperBand Ti Perform at Chicago Symphony Center >>

Since its debut at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, the Mack Avenue SuperBand's all-star lineup has undergone four incarnations with the latest being helmed by jazz bassist Christian McBride. Fresh from recording his new album, Out There, with his Christian McBride Trio, the celebrated virtuoso will be bringing the supergroup to Chicago for the Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series on Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m.

Brevard Music Center Makes Super Bowl Bet with Aspen Music Festival and School

Brevard Music Center Makes Super Bowl Bet with Aspen Music Festival and School >>

This year the Brevard Music Center's 2016 Summer Music Festival commemorates a historic 80th Anniversary with over eighty performances spanning a wide array of musical genres. Adding an added twist to his year's gathering is the Super Bowl based rivalry between the Brevard's Mark Weinstein and the Aspen Music Festival and School's Alan Fletcher. It would appear that the two CEO's have a friendly bet that will leave one man buying the other institution's board member's dinner depending on the outcome of the NFL championship game this Sunday night.

Disney Princess Cinderella

Russian Ballet Theatre Performs ‘Cinderella’ at NJ Prudential Hall March 10 >>

As a part of their current 2016 tour of the U.S., the world renowned Russian National Ballet Theatre will be bringing Sergei Prokofiev's 1945 classic, Cinderella, to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Prudential Hall (NJPAC) in Newark on Thursday, March 10.

Tor Hyams and Lisa Rothauser

Tor Hyams & Lisa Rothauser's New Concert to Showcase Catalog >>

While Tor Hyams and Lisa Rothauser have had no problem publicizing the amazing pool of singers they have assembled for their one night only concert at the Feinstein's/54 Below stage on February 8, entitled The Songs of Tor and Lisa, they haven't been too forthcoming about exactly which songs are scheduled for the performance.

London Sinfonietta Percussionists

Michel van der Aa Bring ‘Book of Disquiet’ to London Sinfonietta >>

World renowned English contemporary chamber orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, and Southbank Centre present Dutch composer Michel van der Aa's The Book of Disquiet at The Coronet Theatre in London, February 24 and 25. Based on the unpublished writings of Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, the performance in set to combine narrative, music, electronics and video for truly unique experience.

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Louis Langrée Announces CSO's MusicNOW Festival Program >>

Music Director Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) are happy to announce the program and artists for their 3rd annual artistic collaboration with Bryce Dessner's MusicNOW Festival, taking place at the Cincinnati's Music Hall March 18 and 19, 2016. The festival's mission is to present the best in contemporary music, offer artists an opportunity to take risks and commission new work. The celebrated artists and composers who have gathered at past festivals include Sufjan Stevens, Kronos Quartet, Grizzly Bear, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, The National, Glen Hansard, eighth blackbird and Steve Reich.

Abby Lee Miller and Maddie Ziegler

Sia's Maddie Ziegler Leaves 'Dance Moms' after Season 6 >>

It would seem that Maddie Ziegler is officially leaving her reality TV gig, Dance Moms, for bigger and better things. According to the latest gossip news updates, the 13-year-old star of three of Sia's music video's is quitting the show that helped make her famous to continuing working with the singer as an actress in her first movie. Meanwhile, Ziegler's former reality TV tutor, Abby Lee Miller's reputation for being less than kind has the 49-year-old reality star on the defensive. Miller recently explained that she is dedicated to shaping children's talent as dancers -- not building them up into thinking they are someone special.

Marcus Goldhaber

Symphony Space Extends Marcus Goldhaber Residency for a Third Time >>

It would appear that crowds just can't get enough of Marcus Goldhader's unique vocal residency at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia, Mostly Marcus. The run which pairs the two-time Best Male Vocalist Nominee with a different jazz guitarist and featured vocalist every night has been extended for an impressive third time with the last date tentatively scheduled for June 5.

Fuller House Jodie Sweetin

Jodie Sweetin Dismisses DWTS Rumors on Twitter >>

Earlier this week the internet went crazy when it was reported that just like her 'Fuller House' costar, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin would be joining ABC's hit series 'Dancing with the Stars.' According to the latest gossip news updates, after a lifetime of dancing as a hobby, Stephanie Tanner would be joining the celebrity roster when the show returns to the air in March. Unfortunately for her fans, however, the Netflix star put the kibosh on that story yesterday -- explaining that while Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy make a guest appearance on her show's 2016 season, she would not be returning the favor.

Peabo Bryson

Darby Williams First 'ME' Single Gets Lyric Video Treatment >>

Just in time to make this Valentine's Day all the more special, jazz vocalist Darby Williams has released a new lyric video for the first single of her new album, 'ME.' Written by legendary Duke Ellington collaborator Bully Strahan, "No One Knows", which features R&B icon Peabo Bryson, seems set to launch Williams recording career with Roc Cartel's label, despite the song's relative obscurity.

Microsoft's Kinect for the Xbox 360

Judith Shatin Brings Xbox Kinect to coLABoratory Workshop March 5 >>

After illustrating what the technology can do through her sketch, Red Moon, this March composer Judith Shatin will be bringing her experimental Xbox powered Black Moon project to American Composers Orchestra's (ACO) coLABoratory workshop -- the world's first and only Research and Development lab for experimental new music. In preparation for her world premiere of Black Moon by the ACO at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hal this fall, the workshop, open free to the public March 5, will show how Shatin developed the video-gaming system's motion-sensing input device, the Kinect, into a musical instrument capable of reacting in real-time.

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