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Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda Begs American Officials to Fix Puerto Rico in Op-Ed Piece >>

An op-ed piece posted on Monday by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda urged the United States to intervene on the island's economic crisis. In his letter he recounted childhood memories and, not surprisingly enough, the words of Hamilton himself.

Sonny Rollins and the Williamsburg Bridge, Reflects on Practicing 'In the Sky'

Sonny Rollins and the Williamsburg Bridge, Reflects on Practicing 'In the Sky' >>

On the streets of New York City anything goes, even for the stranded musician who has been forced out of their apartment to practice. As is the case with Sonny Rollins, he found his musical right to rehearse on the Williamsburg Bridge.

Marin Ireland Talks Sexual Harassment in World of Theater, Joins 500 Others in Actor's Equity Fight

Marin Ireland Talks Sexual Harassment in World of Theater, Joins 500 Others in Actor's Equity Fight >>

Already a major topic in the workplace and beyond, sexual harassment and physical abuse is now reportedly on the rise in the world of professional theatre--or has it merely been overlooked the entire time?

Ryoji Ikeda Transforms Metropolitan Museum of Art Into 65-Minute Data Processor with Latest 'Superposition' Installation

Ryoji Ikeda Transforms Metropolitan Museum of Art into 65-Minute Data Processor with Latest 'Superposition' Installation >>

Ryoji Ikeda's 65-minute multimedia piece "Superposition" contains a lot of the fundamental Ikeda details required for a Metropolitan Museum of Art installation: His fascination with design, symmetry and light and sound mechanics are the depth that characterizes his works.

Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum Called 'An Eternal Hipster' by New York Times in Cafe Carlye Debut with Mildred Snitzer Orchestra >>

We've been following Jeff Goldblum’s jazz whereabouts ever since we learned he frequently tickles the keys in LA. Our lessons have taught us quite a few things.

Stay Home, Dudamel, You're Sick: Pittsburgh's Manfred Honeck Ably Replaces Flu-Ridden Gustavo for New York Phil Concerts >>

Per the New York Times' ArtsBeat blog, Dudamel withdrew from his concerts with the New York Philharmonic earlier this week. Manfred Honeck, conversational conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, took his place in the same program--which included Bruckner's Ninth Symphony and Claude Vivier's Orion.

The Column: Five Great Modern Operas That the New York Times Music Staff Missed! >>

The New York Times has published an interesting piece, their classical music writers giving their thumbs-ups to the modern operas they consider the most likely candidates for perennial popularity. Which, in opera terms, means at least a production every year or two, somewhere, we'd guess. Among their choices were some fine works but, perhaps inevitably, the list felt incomplete. It was bound to, and there's the fun

Quickies: Jeppe Hansen-cum-Jett Black, Bryan Cranston on Broadway, Bernard Parmegiani Obit, Oldest Living Holocaust Pianist, Risotto Verdi Style >>

Be it classical music, jazz, theater or dance, arts news gets made fresh every day...especially for Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (i.e. the day before Thanksgiving).

Osvaldo Golijov, Thomas Adès Writing Operas for the Met...Could This be Golijov’s Moment? >>

As the Metropolitan Opera reveals, via the New York Times, that new operas are on the way from Thomas Adès and Osvaldo Golijov, one can reflect on both. If English composer Adès has been sparing with his vocal works, few recent composers have had to bear the weight of Potential (with a capital P) as heavily as has Argentinian Osvaldo Golijov.

New York City Opera Shutting Its Doors After 70 Years

New York City Opera Shutting Its Doors After 70 Years >>

In a tragedy worthy of opera itself, the New York City Opera has breathed its last.

Gay Rights Protesters Disrupt Metropolitan Opera's Opening Night Performance of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin' >>

The Metropolitan Opera's opening night gala performance last night of Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin' was disrupted by a gay rights supporter calling for an end to discrimination against homosexuals in Russia.

Dallas Symphony Win New Terms, Lexington Philharmonic Agree Temporarily...Minnesota Orchestra Players Rumored to Go it Alone

Dallas Symphony Win New Terms, Lexington Philharmonic Agree Temporarily...Minnesota Orchestra Players Rumored to Go it Alone >>

Three perspectives on the current, sometimes tragic, woes hitting orchestras and their managements in North America: One has agreed new terms, another temporary terms, and the third, with agreement still not in sight, might perform on its own terms.

Five Quickies: Gustavo Dudamel's Film Score, All of Chopin for Free, Jazz Cellist Fred Katz Dead, Five Reasons to Love Classical, NFL TV Fugue

Five Quickies: Gustavo Dudamel's Film Score, All of Chopin for Free, Jazz Cellist Fred Katz Dead, Five Reasons to Love Classical, NFL TV Fugue >>

And with the world's best musicians, singers, dancers and actors going back to repertory work after their summer stocks, there's more good news happening now than there was, say, back in August.

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