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.
In a remarkable video posted to the NFL website, Gustavo Dudamel and the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) took a moment to show what their organization is all about and just how performing at the Super Bowl half-time show is a dream come true. In it, the young musicians are shown practicing with Chris Martin of Coldplay.
Much in the same vein as New York's "Showtime" dancers, that little girl from the old Missy Elliott videos, Alyson Stoner, has released a new music video paying tribute to the artist who gave her a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Finally, Major League Baseball (MLB) recognized mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and her plea to perform at the World Series. A Prairie Village native, those who tuned in watched the singer's dream finally come true in the seventh game of the World Series.
The NFL may feel a slight blow back from professional musicians after they're latest money-grubbing scheme: artists and performers will pay to play the Super Bowl.
We here in "New York City" are "lucky" enough to play host to Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, featuring intellectual thug Richard Sherman and Skittle-loving beast Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks inevitably losing to Peyton "Ad Man" Manning's Denver Broncos. More accurately, it's the Garden State that will see all the action of the first-ever "Weed Bowl" at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
What's the fuss all about? The U.S. morning news bulletins are full of the news that, shock, horror, "Opera singer to sing national anthem at Superbowl." And? And yet the news teams (news!) are earnestly discussing the rights and wrongs of the decision to invite Renée Fleming to this august occasion, reading out (mostly hostile) tweets and reassuring viewers that, yes, she is actually pretty darn good.
The National Football League announced that world-renowned "people's diva" Renée Fleming will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII. Her appearance will mark the first time that an opera singer has been invited to sing at the Super Bowl pre-game festivities.
Arve Henriksen celebrates a new release this month with his Cosmic Creations album. The eight-song LP features the Norwegian trumpeter and multi-intrumentalist in his sibling record to Chron