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Hiromi

REVIEW: Hiromi, 'Spark,' Telarc >>

She's one of the most stunning piano players in years. Japanese composer Hiromi is back with her newest 'Spark' (Telarc), her tenth CD since her 2003 'Another Mind' debut. She delivers eight super-charged tracks with her Trio Project and one dreamy solo track ("Wake Up and Dream").

Elton John

Nadia Quinn, Natalie Joy Johnson & More Join Justin Sayre in Meeting* of The International Order of Sodomites Honoring Elton John >>

The International Order of Sodomites meets each month to honor an artist or work of art that has been influential in the LGBT community. This month’s meeting is all about Elton John. Tonight, Justin Sayre and the Order are joined by Natalie Joy Johnson, Lance Horne, Nadia Quinn and more.

The Meeting*

Justin Sayre’s International Order of Sodomites Honors Elton John >>

It is once again time for monthly 'Meeting* of The International Order of Sodomites' at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Last month host Justin Sayre gave big willkommen to fans of the classic Kander and Ebb musical 'Cabaret.' This month Sayre seeks to prove that the B*tch is indeed back. the Meeting* centers on The Rocket Man himself, Elton John.

Elton John being interviewed by Mike Greenblatt in 1980.

BLOGARRHEA: A Life Lost on the Upper West Side of NYC and a Goodbye to My Friend Pam >>

Meet Pam -- She lived in a cluttered apartment on the Upper West Side with two cats and cockroaches galore. The ashtrays were overflowing with dead butts. There was never any food in the fridge. I once photographed her with Guns N' Roses' drummer, Steven Adler. She put the picture in a frame on her wall and told people that Adler visited her in the hospital. She cried a lot, saying she had no life, and she was sick most of the time.

'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - After Party

Lin-Manuel Miranda Talks Grammy History: Ricky Martin, Elton John & Eminem Before ‘Hamilton’ Broadcast >>

It was recently announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical 'Hamilton' was going to perform at the Grammy Awards ceremonies on Feb 15. This will be the eighth musical theater performance at the Grammys. However, this time is a bit different. The cast will be performing from their theater in NYC, while the Grammy’s will be broadcasting from L.A. Now Lin-Manuel Miranda is opening up about making Grammy history. Miranda is also discussing some the most memorable moments from Grammys past including Ricky Martin's “Cup of Life’ performance and Eminem and Elton John’s “Stan,” collaboration.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Campaign Playlist Features Pavarotti, Adele, Elton John and ‘Phantom’ >>

Pretty much everything that Donald Trump does these days is making headline. But here at Classicalite we are not so much concerned with what he says, but what he listens too. Turns out that Trump is a pretty big fan of Pavarotti performing Puccini's "Nessun Dorma", Adele's "Skyfall" theme, Elton John's hit "Rocket Man" and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s "Phantom of the Opera." These are four songs that are commonly played at Trump’s campaign rallies.

Billy Joel and Mark Rivera

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Announces 2016 Lineup, Kicks Off April 22 >>

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, now in its 46th year, has posted its 2016 lineup. Concurrent with its aim in providing listeners with best and most relevant in jazz, blues and rock, the festival kicks off April 22 and spans two weekends at New Orleans' City Park.

2CELLOS

EXCLUSIVE: Classicalite Q&A with 2CELLOS (Luka Šulić and Stejepan Hauser) >>

It’s not every day that you see two cello players opening up for Elton John. Or playing on a hit TV show like Glee. But I guess Luka Šulić and Stejepan Hauser aren't your ordinary cellists. Together, they make up 2CELLOS--one, singular stringed sensation bridging the gap between musics classical and pop. You'll recall, Šulić and Hauser rose to fame at the frog of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal.” Some 9 million YouTube views later, yeah, 2CELLOS (2CELLI?) is a household name. Recently, I had the pleasure to speak with the duo about their new album 'Celloverse,' just how they come up with their music video ideas and, most importantly, bananas. Lotsa bananas.

Lindsay Farris

Lindsay Farris Cast in the New Alan Ball, Elton John HBO Series 'Virtuoso' >>

Australian pianist and actor, Lindsay Farris, has landed a role in Alan Ball’s new HBO series, "Virtuoso," produced by Elton John.

Elton John

HBO Orders Pilot For 'Virtuoso,' Alan Ball; Elton John, Peter Macdissi to Produce >>

HBO is ordering a pilot episode of new Alan Ball, classical music period drama Virtuoso. Elton John and his husband,David Furnish, are on board to produce alongside True Blood writer Ball, his frequent collaborator, Peter Macdissi and Steve Hamilton Shaw.

Newport and New Orleans Jazz Festivals Announce 2015 Summer Lineups

Newport and New Orleans Jazz Festivals Announce 2015 Summer Lineups >>

It's a new year and thus, a new season of jazz festivals is nigh. For the U.S., the two most significant summer jazz festivals have finally announced their forthcoming lineups for 2015: the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Billy Elliot: The Musical

'Billy Elliot,' 'Peter and the Starcatcher' and Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' in Drury Lane's Upcoming Season in Chicagoland >>

'Deathtrap' and 'Bye Bye Birdie' are also on tap for the company, whose productions netted 21 Jeff Award nominations this year.

One Direction, Pharrell, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti and More Cover Beach Boys Classic 'God Only Knows' for BBC Music

One Direction, Pharrell, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti and More Cover Beach Boys Classic 'God Only Knows' for BBC Music >>

For the love of music, indeed, BBC. A most resounding rendition of Brain Wilson's own "God Only Knows" has premiered at BBC Music, which features a studded cast of Beach Boys fans including pop stars like One Direction and Pharrell to classical and opera sensations like Danielle de Niese and Nicola Benedetti.

Lion King

The Mile High Club: Lion King Cast Sings "Circle of Life" on Virgin Airways Australia >>

What happens when you put the cast of a musical in an enclosed space together?

Why Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Will Work as an Animated Film >>

The Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is to be turned into an animated film. This won't be the first before-the-cameras version of the popular show. In 1999 Donny Osmond, Joan Collins, Richard Attenborough and Maria Freidman starred in a small-screen treatment.

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