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Charlotte Moorman

CLICK: Topless Charlotte Moorman Show, Jazz Fest Sched, Hamilton's Daveed Diggs, Juste Debout >>

Nam June Paik's favorite, oft topless returning to Chicago (well, Evanston) at Northwestern University’s Block Museum.

Damon Albarn

CLICK: Damon Albarn's West End Musical, Billy Joel Wins Gershwin Prize, Audra MacDonald at Emerson’s, P.T. Anderson Vice at New York Film >>

"It's funny for me to say, 'I'm writing a musical', but yes, that's what I'm doing next. It's something I've always wanted to do, because musicals are great when they're done well. It started out with the same subject matter but was going to be a leftfield, experimental opera. But it's lurched into a mainstream musical for families." -- Damon Albarn [via The Daily Star]

Dana Carvey

CLICK: Dana Carvey Chopping Broccoli, Charlie Haden Appreciation, James Franco's The Long Shrift, 30th Bessie Awards >>

Funnyman Dana Carvey takes an old Saturday Night Live skit and adds an orchestra on Jimmy Fallon's show.

Maria Callas, Amira Willighagen

CLICK: Amira Willighagen Face Morph Maria Callas, Fillmore Street Jazz Fest, Neiman Marcus for Boston, Boulder Dinner Shrek Sounds >>

In a truly disturbing YouTube video, you, too, can watch Amira Willighagen's face morph back 'n' forth into the face of Maria Callas. Don't say we didn't warn you...

We're not saying that Peter Gelb is the Banksy of Lincoln Center, but it certainly couldn't hurt his recent problems at the Met lately.

CLICK: Gelb's Met House Graffiti Vandal, NEA Names Four New Jazz Masters, $45 Million Strad Viola Doesn't Sell >>

We're not saying that Peter Gelb is the Banksy of Lincoln Center, but it certainly couldn't hurt his recent problems at the Met lately.

Per Nørgård

LINKS: Norgard Wins $200K, Ornette Coleman Trib, Broadway's Vegas Honeymoon, Bounden Dance, Saving Sound >>

The New York Philharmonic's Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music is presented every two years, Per Nørgård being the second recipient after the late French composer Henri Dutilleux.

EXCLUSIVE: Iggy Pop & the Stooges at (Le) Poisson Rouge [PHOTOS]

BRIEFS: NPR & Make Music New York, David Lang's World Cup, Delusional Maestro, Trey McIntyre's Project, Techne Girls >>

For the 2014 edition of Make Music New York, NPR Music commissioned Sunny Jain, founder of Red Baraat, to write a new song that would kick off the season in massive, marching-band style. He came back with "100+ BPM."

CLICK: Nelson Mandela Opera Over, Iggy Azalea Fancy Flapper, Jeff Goldblum's Jazz, Cabal & ACME, Moondog Begging >>

Unathi Mtirara, the producer of "Madiba: The African Opera' and grandnephew of Mandela, admitted that the show had run out of money after only three performances.

CLICK: James Rhodes' New Label, Alice Coote on Fat Shame, Brazil's Passinho Dance, Ballet Veterans, Brooklyn Rider Kickstarter >>

Pianist James Rhodes is launching a new record label (in association with Signum Classics) called Instrumental Records. The label will be formally launched at a concert at Hinde Street Methodist Church, Marylebone, London, on June 4. The first album, called 'Five', sees Rhodes recording Bach's Partita, BWV825, Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 15, Chopin's Ballade No 3 and Scherzo No 2, Gluck's Orfeo Melody (arranged by Sgambati) and Schumann's Frühlingsnacht (arranged by Liszt).

Musician Herbie Hancock poses at the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Paul McCartney in Los Angeles, February 10, 2012.

CLICK: Fly Lo & Hancock, Google Opera Glasses, BBC Young Musician 2014, Herbert's 20 Pianos, Davies' Tiny Desk >>

Cousin to saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison has shared a Vine vid of him, Thundercat and the great Herbie Hancock futzing around in Hancock’s studio.

National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

CLICK: Iraqi Youth Orchestra's U.S. Debut, Operatic Moms Quiz, Colorado Pot Tunes, Stolen Strad, Bang on a Can Cartoon >>

Founded in 2009 by then 17-year-old pianist Zuhal Sultan, the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq--"the world's bravest orchestra"--needs your help in coming to America.

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