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James Levine

Metropolitan Opera's James Levine Forced to Retire After Season for Medical Reasons >>

It has perhaps been the Metropolitan Opera's most imminent concern for its latest season, but it's been announced that the company's iconic and emblematic conductor, James Levine, will step down after this season.

Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center's May Gala to Celebrate 'Jazz and Broadway' With Vanessa Williams >>

For jazz, some of its most beloved standards were born on New York City's Great White Way. And with that, Jazz at Lincoln Center has announced that its forthcoming May gala will champion that idea with a celebration in the theme of "Jazz and Broadway" with Vanessa Williams.

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic Boast World Premiere Alongside Brahms >>

Premiering Wednesday, April 27, the New York Philharmonic will take to David Geffen Hall in a performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 2. Maestro Alan Gilbert will conduct alongside soloist Carter Brey on cello.

Rolando Sanz

EXCLUSIVE: Strathmore's Rolando Sanz on 'I Am Harvey Milk / Anne Hutchinson' Concept Opera >>

The conversation regarding the LGTBQ community has become pervasive in today's public debate. It hasn't just become a driving force in the deciding this election's presidential nominees but it's become a thesis for human rights.

The Alamo, San Antonio

San Antonio Symphony Orchestra Agrees to 10% Budget Cut in Three-Week Hiatus >>

In what feels like a never-ending struggle, it's been announced that musicians and management of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra accepted cuts as part of the symphony's strategy to become financially sound once more.

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda and 'Hamilton' Yields Nearly $105,000 in Royalties Per Week >>

A Broadway phenomenon that's propelled its creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, to icon status, it's been reported that the production of "Hamilton" rakes in nearly $105,000 a week in royalties.

Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma Gives Investment Tips on John Oliver in Response to Panama Papers >>

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.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones Plan to Release New Blues-Covers Studio Album, First Since 2005 >>

From HBO's Vinyl to Crosseyed Heart, the members of the Rolling Stones have kept busy. Recently, however, the anti-Beatles announced they will release a new, blues-inspired album later this year.

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Susanna Malkki Appointed Principal Guest Conductor to LA Philharmonic for 2017-18 >>

Another victory for women in classical, Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki has been appointed the principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She will be the third maestro to hold the post.

National Endowment for the Arts

NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony Honors Musicians But Doesn't Let Them Play >>

This year's National Endowment for the Arts induction ceremony was a series of firsts. For one, it wasn't held at its standard Jazz at Lincoln Center venue and it also didn't feature the honorees in performance.

Beverly Sills

Soprano Ailyn Pérez Wins Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Artist Award >>

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is this year's recipient of the illustrious Beverly Sills Artist Award. The honor is presented to young singers who have appeared in solos at the Metropolitan Opera.

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas Guitar Solo: Tutorial on How to Play for Strings >>

By now it's circulated the Internet enough, Nick Jonas flubbed a guitar solo at the ACM awards on Sunday night in a performance of Kelsea Ballerini's "Peter Pan."

Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle Returns to the Metropolitan Opera 22 Years After Firing >>

Operatic soprano Kathleen Battle has announced she will return to the Metropolitan Opera some 22 years after her famous departure. Peter Gelb, the new general manager, says there's no ill-will towards the performer.

Noel Muir, Contractor Who Stole $500K from Cecil Taylor, Sentenced to Prison

Noel Muir, Contractor Who Stole $500K from Cecil Taylor, Sentenced to Prison >>

Earlier this year it was reported that Noel Muir, a contractor, stole nearly $500,000 in prize money from jazz giant Cecil Taylor. Now, Mr. Muir has been sentenced to one to three years in prison for grand larceny.

Bob Dylan

Listen to Bob Dylan Sing Sinatra's 'Melancholy Mood' in New Album Announcement >>

For musicians it's a never-ending tour and no one knows that better than Bob Dylan. At a profound 74 years old, the musician is still creating and touring, announcing yet another release for May 20 entitled Fallen Angels.

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