The New York City Opera has been in a grueling lawsuit that has convened in court since it filed for bankruptcy in 2013. For now, the brand of the City Opera is still in the hearts of most New York operagoers, but whether it will make a comeback has yet to be seen. The City Opera board has elected to sell its name and other assets, per "The New York Times," to a group called NYCO Renaissance. NYCO, thus, has plans to make Michael Capasso the general manager of a newly reconstituted opera company. Capasso, though, has a notorious record with his own, small Dicapo Opera Theater, which still owes money to its musicians and singers.
Every now and then an artist resonates with audiences because of their authenticity. For Benjamin Scheuer and his autobiographical musical, The Lion, the irresistible charm of his praised memoir for the stage is all parts simple and truthful but most importantly it's unwaveringly believable.
The online retailer of music manuscripts, Sheet Music Plus, has teamed up with the Smithsonian Institution to sell digital versions of the scores from the Smithsonian's collection. This will include 400 titles that went online this week, including heavies like Liszt, Berlin and Harry Tierney. In the running with more than 100,000 other titles in the Sam DeVincent collection of illustrated American sheet music, the works were donated to the Smithsonian in 1998. They were chosen, per "The New York Times," "For their cultural or historical significance." "There is early ragtime, several versions of the 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' and turn-of-the-century military marches dedicated to President Theodore Roosevelt. Patriotic anthems from several war eras also abound, with titles like 'I Will Give My Life to Uncle Sam, but I'll Leave My Heart with You,'" it concluded. And as always, part of the profits from the sheet-music sales will go to support the Smithsonian's archival work. Also, to note, the entire DeVincent collection is available to researchers, free upon request, at the archives.
It's not just the fans who are hurting, it's the record companies too. Adele hasn't made any plans to record a new album for the rest of the year despite what a cryptic Twitter post might tell you.
One would think that if Anna Netrebko announced a new role, it would be met with excitement. However, this wasn't the case when Anna said she would go out for Lady Macbeth. But in light of her performance in Verdi's classic, Netrebko proved she can transcend any role.
Sometimes it takes one dinner to change the trajectory of one’s life. For Mr. Seymour Bernstein, a dinner that he was invited to by a pupil of his brought him to Ethan Hawke who has put out a documentary about the 87-year-old piano teacher entitled "Seymour: An Introduction."
Classicalite is up-to-date with regional dance phenoms — most recently dealing with Memphis street dancers and a new style they call "jookin." Lil Buck, a dancer from the area, specializes in jookin and is known for his viral video of him performing interpretive dance to Camille Saint-Saëns's The Swan, accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma.
The musical vineyard that is Woody Guthrie speaks to a history of America that still rings true today. As the events in Ferguson, M.O. unfold, pop stars and obscure voices alike come together at the VMAs to stand up for what they believe in, not unlike Guthrie in a more rural country.
And thus, the strife is o'er for the Metropolitan Opera. After weeks of back-breaking negotiations, all parties can look forward to the forthcoming season, as Peter Gelb & Co. have finally ended the renewal process.
The Kennedys will receive an exciting new tribute in David T. Little's forthcoming opera JFK, a new performance that details the ultimate twelve hours of JFK's life. The world premiere will take place at the Fort Worth Opera on April 23, 2016, but a preview workshop will come in November via The American Lyric Theater.
Of record labels in an ever-changing musical landscape, one company seems to take on a new label of its own, more of an "antithesis" to a more musical question. This, of course, being a well-known online distributor called CD Baby, a quiet force that's been putting so much music out it would astound even the most ignorant of music goers.
Dance movements of any particular urban sect seem to vary depending on the city and state (sometimes, even the borough). I wouldn't be surprised if at some point the "Showtime!" dancers on the MTA coined their own style of dance (perhaps "Subway Slinging," as they sling themselves from the railings).
Perhaps the reincarnation of Alan Lomax, or just a messiah to the entire music collector community, Zero Freitas has slightly become an enigma with his extensive music library that he is now attempting to make into a non-profit. A wealthy businessman with too much time on his hands, perhaps, has led to an uncanny musical expedition determined to catalog every record in the world.
Paul McCartney has entered the final frontier, metaphorically speaking. The ex-Beatle has been a part of an ongoing project for an upcoming video game called Destiny--set to release on the PlayStation and Xbox gaming platforms September 9.
It didn't take long for E. L. James' controversial porno-mance novel 50 Shades of Grey to become the subject of an Off-Broadway parody. In fact, at one point, there were TWO 50 Shades musicals playing in New York.