The release of the Panama Papers has continued to rattle world leaders. Of those named is Russian cellist Sergei Roldugin, close friend to Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin may not be regarded for his musical prowess as much as his politics, but he is trying. A video of Putin playing the "Imperial March" from 'Star Wars' on piano, with a little help, has surfaced on YouTube and, naturally, has gone viral.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the beloved international baritone undergoing treatment in London for brain cancer, was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky by Vladimir Putin, Russia's president. The award is given for exceptional artistry.
Protests against the Mariinsky Theatre’s Valery Gergiev display no signs of stopping anything soon. Demonstrators in Ann Arbor, Michigan, carried signs and laid on pavement outside the Hill Auditorium Saturday to protest the director's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
If you didn't think that the Ice Bucket Challenge could get any sort of, well, "treatment" then perhaps you haven't seen David Lynch get his hands on it. If you know him, then you know this is well-worth your time.
Going on Stephen Colbert, breaking up every other day, getting whipped by Cossacks at Sochi--the all-grrrl, balaclava-clad punk band Pussy Riot has recently become the biggest little band in the world. But has anyone really listened to Pussy Riot? They're not exactly Iggy and the Stooges.
Mykola Vitaliyovych Lysenko, the late Ukrainian composer, pianist and scholar, was lauded for his nationalism. He refused to write his operas in Russian, which were eventually banned by the czars in 1876.
Crossover violinist Vanessa-Mae, who realized her dream earlier today of skiing in the Sochi Olympics, finished in last place during the Ladies’ Giant Slalom. But she was able to finish both her runs on a course where the conditions were less than ideal, something that 22 other competitors failed to do.
On the eve of the Sochi Olympics, Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home gala snuck under the radar of a concert to be seen. Instead, Barclays Center didn't bring any rights home, just a boorish crowd.
“For the city of Munich it applies that any exclusion, discrimination or harassment of people because of their gender, origin, color, religion, disability or sexual orientation must not occur. Ways of behaviour that contradict these principles will not be tolerated.” -- Valery Gergiev
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will leave for Russia in November, part of its world tour celebrating the venerable ensemble's 125th anniversary. And one member of the orchestra, viola player Vincent Peters, is urging his band to make a statement about the Russian government's anti-LGBTQ policies.
Judge Richard J. Sullivan recently granted an extended curfew to disgraced businessman Alberto Vilar, so that he could attend the Metropolitan Opera's own scandal-ridden performance of 'Eugene Onegin.'
Anti-Putin protests at Met Opera raise many issues, but they crossed a line.
Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was moved to solitary confinement today, a day after she began a hunger strike to protest the inhuman conditions at the penal colony where she is imprisoned. Prison authorities said they were moving her to solitary for her own safety, not as a punishment, after Tolokonnikova said she received death threats.
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.