Performing Arts

By Michael Hartley CFP® | Curated by the Venice Institute for the Performing Arts veniceperformingartscenter.com

Hone your rock rhythm timing with this 20-minute guitar workout

<b>Hone your timing, dexterity and picking, and learn a few new chords too with our quick rhythm guitar workout.</b><p>Seeing as about 95 percent of most …

Electric Guitar

West Side Story is returning to Broadway in an innovative new production

Some very big news in the musical theater world: <i>West Side Story</i> is returning to Broadway.<p>A new production of the iconic Stephen Sondheim has been …

West Side Story

Broadway Show With $13M Price Tag Accidentally Sells Tickets for $17

This was quite the Broadway bargain.<p>Last night, producers of the upcoming Broadway musical <i>Gettin’ the Band Back Together</i>, which begins previews July …

Broadway Musical

FLAC vs. MP3

If you spend enough time reading up on digital audio — and it probably doesn’t take that long — chances are near 100 percent that you’ll encounter …

Audiophile

Make Your Blues Solos Awesome Using Dominant Seven Chords

Many blues songs are built around major-key chord progressions based on dominant seven chords. A dominant seven chord has a root note (1), a major …

Electric Guitar

North Vancouver ballet dancer achieves near-perfect score in international competition

A 15-year-old ballet dancer from North Vancouver is the first Canadian to win gold at one of the top international competitions in the U.S.<p>Ashley …

Dancing

Avett Brothers Cancel Oregon Concert After Man With Gun Enters Venue

The Avett Brothers canceled their sold-out concert at Troutdale, Oregon’s Edgefield Saturday after a man in possession of the gun made his way into …

Concerts

Seeking Pay Equity, Female Flutist Sues Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Elizabeth Rowe has filed a lawsuit against the orchestra, claiming that she is making substantially less each year than her closest peer — a man.<p>Rowe's suit was filed in Massachusetts' Suffolk County Superior Court on Monday morning, the day after a new, …

bostonsymphony

Why Lang Lang’s Return Is a Big Deal for Classical Music

For more than a year, the pianist Lang Lang has been largely out of commission with an injured left arm — a major loss, since he is one of classical music’s biggest and most bankable stars. Google the phrase “superstar concert pianist,” and Mr. Lang’s name pops up right away. He played during the …

Flute

100 Greatest Guitarists

50<p>Ritchie Blackmore<p>Best known for the gargantuan riff at the heart of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," Ritchie Blackmore helped define heavy-metal …

Guitar

We Found One of the Earliest-Ever Recordings of Mahler’s Music

Composer and conductor Gustav Mahler died in 1911, but had he lived a few years more he might have heard soprano Grete Stückgold’s 1915 recordings of …

Poetry

Glenn Gould Plays Bach on His U.S. TV Debut … After Leonard Bernstein Explains What Makes His Playing So Great (1960)

Why, 35 years after his death, do so many music lovers still respect Glenn Gould above all other pianists? One might assume that, since he played the …

Flute

Gillian Lynne, Choreographer of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, Dies at 92

News of the passing of the legendary dancer and choreographer came from her husband, Peter Land.<p>Choreographer Gillian Lynne passed away July 1, 2018, …

Olivier Awards

Turmoil at Lincoln Center: Infighting, Money Troubles, Scrapped Projects

Looking forward to Lincoln Center’s namesake festival this summer? It’s been scrapped. Good luck finding the center’s new Hall of Fame that was promised a few years ago: on the back burner. And those long-delayed plans to radically remake the home of the New York Philharmonic? Being rethought.<p>Now …

The Arts

A charming mixture of old and new at Cheltenham Festival, plus the best of July's classical concerts

<b>We review the best classical concerts of the month</b><p>King’s College Chapel Choir/Ligeti Quartet, Cheltenham Festival ★★★★☆<p>Every day at the Cheltenham Music Festival, old and new are found side-by-side, in intriguing juxtapositions. On Wednesday, tradition was embodied by the choir of King’s College …

Flute

World Projects Presents Young People's Symphony Orchestra PNW Tour

World Projects presents the Young People's Symphony Orchestra (California) in Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver.<p>The PNW Tour kicks off June 17 in …

Flute

WQXR Takes Live Music To Schools: Watch These Kids React to Prokofiev

Here’s something that always lifts the spirit: kids talking about what music means to them. In the video above, watch as elementary students in …

Live Music

Rattle bids Berlin Philharmonic farewell as chief conductor

BERLIN (Reuters) - Simon Rattle conducted his final concert in charge of the Berlin Philharmonic on Sunday after 16 years that have revamped the image of the prestigious orchestra.<p>Rattle was joined by his Czech-born wife, the mezzo-soprano, Magdalena Kozena, in a programme at Berlin's wooded …

Mezzo-Soprano

Cambridge Orchestral Concert Series 2018-19 announced

3:29, 25th June 2018<p><b>Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series at the Corn Exchange.</b><p>Highlights include:<p>An all-Russian opening …

European Union

Mitsuko Uchida Conducting from the Piano is an Inspiration for Multitaskers Everywhere

Back in the day, it was common to see musicians like Mozart conducting from the piano. Today, while a baton-wielding human leading the orchestra is …

Mozart

Detroit's United Sound Systems Studio Listed for $1.5M After Facing Demolition

A recording studio in Detroit that once welcomed artists such as <b>Aretha Franklin</b> and <b>Miles Davis</b> has been listed for $1.5 million after earlier being …

Aretha Franklin

Italian composer creates world's largest robot orchestra

Orchestras

German violinist leads tour of Syria’s refugees

Stefan Arzberger, formerly of the Leipzig String Quartet, is taking a small ensemble to Jordan for a tour of Syrian refugee camps.‘The idea (is) to …

Violin

Jupiter String Quartet to open Aspen Music Festival season

The first concert on the Aspen Music Festival and School's calendar for summer 2018 brings a familiar group of strings players back to the stage at …

Flute

The Manchester orchestra that's going down a storm at festivals

If you told someone twenty years ago that they would be getting down to <i>You Got The Love</i> played by an orchestra, they would probably have thought you …

Festivals

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra announces 2018-19 season

1:18, 27th June 2018<p><b>Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has announced its 2018-19 season, celebrating ten years with Long Yu as music director.</b><p>The …

Flute

Q&A: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra returns to the Gateway Arch

This year, Fair St. Louis will feature the biggest act in the region: the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. On the evening of July Fourth, they’ll play …

Flute

Hot tickets: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ coming to San Francisco

Bay Area fans are getting “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” before the rest of the West Coast.<p>The Tony- and Olivier Award-winning play “Harry …

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Dance class helps people with Parkinson's disease find their rhythm

Tom Leung's face lights up as he takes his wife Kathy for a spin around the dance floor.<p>Today is their 49th wedding anniversary and their friendship …

Dance