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Composer Jeff Richmond Talks Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical >>

'Mean Girls' the musical is coming. The musical is based on the movie written Tina Fey and feature from 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' composer Jeff Richmond. Recently, Tina Fey appeared on Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' where she updated fans on the production. Check out the report below for some of the latest details.

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PRS for Music Foundation Starts New Composers' Fund in U.K., to Award £150,000 Annually >>

The PRS for Music Foundation, which advertises itself as "the only independent funder dedicated to new music of all genres across the U.K." has recently expanded its efforts to include a Composers' Fund. The new fund will be worth £150,000 annually and is aimed specifically at young U.K. composers looking to realize projects that otherwise might not be possible "via traditional commissioning routes". The inaugural deadline to apply for funding is on April 12th, 2016.

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Composer John Lunn Relases Downton Abbey Ultimate Collection >>

Fans may soon have to deal with their much-beloved television series, Downton Abbey, coming to an end, but at least the can comfort themselves in the knowledge that the show's composer John Lunn has released a double album of the Downton's most unforgettable music.

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"Composed Music": Speaker Craig Havighurst Proposes Name-change to Revitalise Classical Music >>

Most of us C-lites have probably been exposed to the stereotype: classical music is boring, wearisome, aged, not hip. Although this stereotype is a skin-deep assessment, the bad rap long endured by the classical community is at last simmering down, in part owed to a generation of positive internet marketing. Nevertheless, some members of the community are arguing that a lasting revitalisation of classical music requires a more aggressive marketing strategy --- In this case, a name change. Could the term "composed music" perhaps win over more hearts and minds? Music journalist/speaker Craig Havighurst seems to think so.

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‘Galavant’s’ Timothy Omundson Talks Favorite Show Number From Composer Alan Menken >>

ABC’s musical comedy Galavant is perhaps one of the best things on TV that no one is watching. With music from famed Broadway and animation composer, Alan Menken (Beauty & The Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and TV & film score composer Christopher Lennertz (Supernatural, Horrible Bosses), the show has everything a fan of musicals could want. The Season 2 finale airs this weekend and with it comes Timothy Omundson’s (Supernatural, Psych) favorite composition from the show.

Emanuele Torrente

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with Guitarist and Composer Emanuele Torrente >>

Emanuele Torrente has a musical mind, at least that's the way he likes describe it. The Italian born classical guitarist has very definite ideas where about where music is going and where he feels it should be going. An accomplished musician as well as composer and musical theorist, Maestro Torrente has a new album Musical Mind, which you can download from his site. Classicalite caught up with him to talk about the album and music in general.

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John Luther Adams Wins Columbia's Lifetime Achievement William Schuman Award >>

Visionary American composer John Luther Adams has been awarded the coveted Columbia University School of the Arts William Schuman Award. The William Schuman Award is a recognition which has been given over the past three decades. The award is named for the first recipient of the prize and offers a $50,000 unrestricted grant to its recipients. According to Columbia, the goal of the award is to recognize lifetime achievements of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and generally acknowledged to be of lasting significance. “John Luther Adams's work anticipates a complex yet poetic intertwining of music and space. Whether he is writing for nontraditional sites or evoking the expansiveness of outdoor landscapes inside the concert hall, his writing radically redefines the relationship between sound and locality. We are thrilled to honor him with the Schuman Award,” says Carol Becker, dean of the Columbia School of the Arts. Adams is a composer who uses the natural world as inspiration for his life and work. He has won the Heinz Award for his contributions to raising environmental awareness. He also received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for "Become Ocean," an orchestral work that evokes thoughts of melting polar ice and rising sea levels. The piece was performed at Carnegie Hall and recorded by the Seattle Symphony and has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Mica Levi

Mica Levi Conducts Live Orchestra in Screening of Jonathan Glazer Film 'Under the Skin,' Starring Scarlett Johansson >>

Mica Levi, the indie composer who hit it big with the score for the Jonathan Glazer film "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson, will team up with Wordless Music teams Spaceland Presents for the U.S. premiere of "Under the Skin Live": a full screening and live film score with orchestra. Levi, the score’s original composer, will conduct and lead the 25-piece orchestra, which comprises members of Los Angeles's pioneering ensemble, wild Up, and New York's Wordless Music Orchestra. Levi, 27, who recently won a European Film Award for best composer for the film, was working on her third album with her band, Michachu and the Shapes, when she got a call asking if she wanted to work with filmmaker Glazer on a new project. The project was a film he was directing called "Under the Skin."

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Composer Lisa Bielawa Offers New Opera in Installments - Is this the Future of Opera? >>

Composer Lisa Bielawa is creating an opera for the modern world. “ Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser” is a serial opera. This means that the performance was made to be seen on television or online in short installments which will be released over a period of two years.

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