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Did ‘Hamilton’ Non-Whites Only Casting Call Violate Actor Equity Union Standards? >>

UPDATE: Recently, 'Hamilton' producers came under fire from a casting call that excluded white actors which may be in violation of New York City Human Rights Law. A rep for the show told CBS2 that the casting call met Actors Equity Union standards. However, a new report suggest that might not be the case. Could 'Hamilton’s' casting call have violated by the New York City Human Rights Law and Actor Equity Union standards?

Kristen Bell

Kristen Bell Warns Winter is Coming: Talks Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ >>

Just when a thought you were finally able to “Let it Go,” along came a knocking at door with a voice asking if you “Wanna Build A Snowman,” again. That is right, Disney’s 'Frozen 2' is coming. Princess Anna herself, Kristen Bell ('Reefer Madness'), recently gave an update on the upcoming sequel to one of the biggest movies in the entire world.

Ali Forney Center

The End is Nigh for Harlem Hate Chruch: Ali Fornery Center Fundraiser Update >>

UPDATE: Earlier this week we reported that the Ali Fornery Center was attempting to raise funds in order to buy the infamous hate Church Atalh Worldwide Church in Harlem. The church lead by James David Manning is known for using their sign to spread hate aimed at the LGBT community. The church has been up for sale because of past tax debt among many other financial troubles. Now as Ali Forney is getting close to their goal, Manning is threatening to fight back.

Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann Denies Madonna Dating Rumors >>

Jonas Kaufmann, the world’s most famous tenor and maybe most eligible bachelor, has denied the dating rumors that have been swirling around him and Madonna.

Taeyeon

[UPDATE] Seoul Music Awards Apologizes After Taeyeon of Girls' Generation Falls Through Stage >>

An apology statement has been released by the Seoul Music Awards after news that Taeyeon of popular K-pop group Girls’ Generation fell through a hole in the stage while performing at the ceremony.

Ladies Code

[UPDATE] Prosecutors Appeal for Harsher Sentence for K-Pop's Ladies' Code Manager >>

Prosecutors are appealing the year and two month sentence given to Ladies’ Code manager and asking for a harsher sentence. Known only by his last name, Park was found guilty of causing the fatal car crash that killed groups members, EunB and RiSE, and seriously injured another member, Sojung.

Davide Livermore

[UPDATE] Davide Livermore Replaces Helga Schmidt as Art Director of the Palau de les Arts in Valencia >>

Helga Schmidt, the former art director of The Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, who was suspended, arrested and released after financial irregularities appeared at the opera house, has been replaced. Davide Livermore, head of the Teatro Baretti in Turin, Italy, has been named the new art director.

Murry Sidlin

[UPDATE] Boston Performance of 'Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín' Postponed >>

A live performance of “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín,” at Boston Symphony Hall, which displays performances of Verdi’s "Requiem" put on by concentration camp prisoners during World War II, will be postponed on Jan. 27 due to inclement weather.

Mica Levi

Mica Levi Conducts Live Orchestra in Screening of Jonathan Glazer Film 'Under the Skin,' Starring Scarlett Johansson >>

Mica Levi, the indie composer who hit it big with the score for the Jonathan Glazer film "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson, will team up with Wordless Music teams Spaceland Presents for the U.S. premiere of "Under the Skin Live": a full screening and live film score with orchestra. Levi, the score’s original composer, will conduct and lead the 25-piece orchestra, which comprises members of Los Angeles's pioneering ensemble, wild Up, and New York's Wordless Music Orchestra. Levi, 27, who recently won a European Film Award for best composer for the film, was working on her third album with her band, Michachu and the Shapes, when she got a call asking if she wanted to work with filmmaker Glazer on a new project. The project was a film he was directing called "Under the Skin."

Hyun-Jung Park

CEO, President of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Hyun-jung Park, Quits >>

Hyun-jung Park, president and CEO of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, who was recently accused of sexually harassing and verbally abusing her employees, has announced the she will resign from her post effective immediately. Park made the announcement during a packed press conference, where she addressed her alleged misconduct. "I intend to resign as president of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from today," Park said. ”I am to blame for a large part [of the allegations] and I sincerely apologize for that. Restoring my personal reputation is more important than anything, but I could not bear the abnormal state of the Seoul Phil, which is run on taxpayers's money." Park’s career fell apart when 17 of the Seoul Philharmonic’s employees testified in a petition that she constantly abused them, with one male employee claiming that she had too much to drink at a public dinner gathering and grabbed him by the necktie, attempting to touch his genitals. Three female employees said Park suggested they offer themselves sexually, telling one she would be a good hostess and the other two that they should sit next to important male guests and accommodate their needs.

Myung Whun Chung

[UPDATE] CEO, President of Seoul Philharmonic Accused of Sexual Harassment, Holds Press Conference >>

Tensions continue to rise in Seoul as president and CEO of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Hyun-jung Park, who was recently accused of sexually harassing and verbally abusing her employees, goes head to head with art director and principle conductor Myung-Whun Chung, who she claims is organizing a coup against her. Park, who held a press conference Friday, Dec. 5, denied allegations and accused Chung of starting a petition for her removal. She shared that there were documents from audits that track the director's unethical activities and listed four different cases of complaints about his conduct. At the press conference, she personally listed cases where she believed Chung had abused his authoritative power. These statements come on the tail of recent allegations made against Park’s unethical behavior. Hyun Jung Park made history when she became the first female president and CEO of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in February 2013. But 17 of the Seoul Philharmonic’s employees testified in a petition that Park constantly abused them, with one male employee claiming that she had too much to drink at a public dinner gathering and grabbed him by the necktie, attempting to touch his genitals. Three female employees said Park suggested they offer themselves sexually, telling one she would be a good hostess and the other two that they should sit next to important male guests and accommodate their needs. Many employees said she would often swear at them, threaten to deduct money from their paychecks and say things such as, “You should sell your organs to make up for corporate losses.” She has also been accused of unethical hiring and promoting decisions, basing career advancement on connections rather than merit.

Kyung Wha Chung

[UPDATE] Kyung Wha Chung Responds to Drama Surrounding Recent Concert >>

Kyung Wha Chung, who made headlines all over the world last week after berating a child who was coughing at her concert, has responded to all the media hoopla that has been surrounding her surprising remarks.

Leah Flynn

[UPDATE] 7-Year-Old Will Play Violin for Peace in Ferguson >>

Leah Flynn, the 7-year-old who made headlines with her hopes to play her violin for peace in Ferguson, Missouri, has finally achieved her dream. Flynn has been invited to perform “Let There Be Peace on Earth” in Missouri to help bring a message of peace to the citizens of St. Louis, Ferguson and all viewers nationwide. Flynn, who lives in Sanford, Florida, received nationwide media attention when she publicly voiced her mission to play her violin in hopes of bringing peace to turbulent Missouri towns. According to her PR representative, she has received offers to perform by two Missouri media outlets. Flynn, only in the second-grade, has been playing the violin since she was 5 and rehearses daily with her father. She has performed as a soloist for many different concerts and venues. The young musician got the idea to play for peace after viewing the violence that was happening in Ferguson after the shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Olga Bell

UPDATE: Sound/Source Features Dirty Projectors's Olga Bell's 'Krai,' Vicky Chow, Alvin Lucier, Tristan Perich, New Amsterdam Records at MoMa PS1 >>

UPDATE: Sound/Source will also feature classical pianist and member of Dirty Projectors Olga Bell. Bell is set to perform her techno-experimental rock album Krai, her sonnet to native Russia. Also on the bill is Alvin Lucier’s 1969 minimalist classic I Am Sitting in a Room. This fall, New Amsterdam Records will present Sound/Source, an all-day electronic music festival at MoMA PS1. Produced in collaboration with L3M, the Oct. 19 event will feature Tyondai Braxton, Paul Lansky with members of Roomful of Teeth, Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich, Holly Herndon, Alvin Lucier and Huerco S.

Vicky Chow

Update: Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich Release Excerpt and Trailer for 'Surface Image' Due Out October 28 on New Amsterdam Records >>

Update: Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich have released an excerpt and an album trailer for "Surface Image." Their latest album length composition endeavor is due out October 28 on New Amsterdam Records.

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