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With Not Much Else, New York City Opera Takes Bids on Name and Assets Due Jan. 20

New York City Opera Takes Bids on Name, Assets Due Jan. 20 >>

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.

Praised: Benjamin Scheuer's 'The Lion' Premieres Limited Engagement at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project in February

Praised: Benjamin Scheuer's 'The Lion' Premieres Limited Engagement at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project in February >>

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.

Smithsonian Institution and Sheet Music Plus Collaborate to Sell Rare, Historic Music

Smithsonian, Sheet Music Plus Collaborate to Sell Rare, Historic Music >>

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.

Adele Makes No Plans to Release New Album Until Next Year

Adele Makes No Plans to Release New Album Until Next Year >>

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.

Anna Netrebko Brings Down the Metropolitan Opera as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Classic

Anna Netrebko Brings Down the Metropolitan Opera as Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Classic >>

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.

87-Year-Old Piano Teacher Seymour Bernstein Honored in Ethan Hawke's 'An Introduction'

87-Year-Old Piano Teacher Seymour Bernstein Honored in Ethan Hawke's 'An Introduction' >>

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."

Memphis Jooker Lil Buck Performs 'The Swan' with Yo-Yo Ma, Talks Street Dancing and Interpretation

Memphis Jooker Lil Buck Performs 'The Swan' with Yo-Yo Ma, Talks Street Dancing and Interpretation >>

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.

Folk America to Ferguson to the VMAs: Woody Guthrie Immortalized by Latest Production 'Woody Sez' at Hartford's TheaterWorks

Folk America to Ferguson to the VMAs: Woody Guthrie Immortalized in Latest Production 'Woody Sez' at Hartford's TheaterWorks >>

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.

Torn No More: The Metropolitan Opera and Peter Gelb End Contract Negotiations and Avoid Lockout, Season to Start September 22

Torn No More: Metropolitan Opera and Peter Gelb End Contract Negotiations and Avoid Lockout, Season Starts September 22 >>

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.

David T. Little's 'JFK' Opera to Premiere at Fort Worth Opera April 2016 with Royce Varek Composing Libretto

David T. Little's 'JFK' Opera to Premiere at Fort Worth April 2016, Royce Varek Composing Libretto >>

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.

A League of Their Own: CD Baby Keeps Independent Musicians Paid in a Dog-Eat-Dog World

A League of Their Own: CD Baby Keeps Independent Musicians Paid in a Dog-Eat-Dog World >>

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.

Memphis Jookin or Detroit Jittin: Urban Dance Craze Alive in Motor City as Onlookers Recount Dance Duels

Memphis Jookin or Detroit Jittin: Urban Dance Craze Alive in Motor City, Onlookers Recount Dance Duels >>

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).

Brazilian Bus Magnate Buys All Records and Creates 'Emporium Musical' All-Purpose Music Library

Brazilian Bus Magnate Zero Freitas Buying Up Records for All-Purpose 'Emporium Musical' Library >>

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.

Give Games a Chance: Sir Paul McCartney Collaborates with Marty O'Donnell on Upcoming Video Game 'Destiny' via Bungie and Activision

Sir Paul McCartney Collaborates with Marty O'Donnell on Upcoming Video Game 'Destiny' via Bungie and Activision >>

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.

'50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody' Continues to Sell Out, Even With a Movie on the Way

'50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody' Continues to Sell Out, Even With a Movie on the Way >>

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.

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