Performing Arts

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Trump Will Skip Kennedy Center Honors to ‘Avoid Distraction’

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors.<p>Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they would …

Donald Trump

#TBT: Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Off-Broadway Cast of Hamilton at The Public Theater

This Thursday we remember the sold-out Off-Broadway engagement ofthe Tony-winning Best Musical.<p>Before Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of <i>Hamilton</i> took …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Andrew Lloyd Webber Strikes Deal for Musical Theatre Advancement in China

Andrew Lloyd Webber will be expanding his musical theatre empire into China, starting with a Chinese makeover of his hit musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Daniel Craig confirms he will return in the next James Bond movie

Daniel Craig on "The Late Show" Tuesday night. CBS/The Late Show<p><b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>Daniel Craig appeared on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" to promote his new movie "Logan Lucky" Tuesday evening.</b>• <b><br>Colbert asked him whether he'll return for another Bond movie.</b>• <b><br>Craig finally confirmed he'll</b> …

Movies

The Salzburg Festival Reawakens

The upward-springing hair, bright polyester shirts, and merry cackle of Peter Sellars, the American director, are once again in evidence at the Salzburg Festival, which means that change is in the air. In recent years, this most sumptuous of classical-music gatherings has reverted to its default …

Orchestras

Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra Confronts Controversy Over Right-Wing Guest Conductor

The Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra will have a guest conductor this week: Dennis Prager. He'll conduct Haydn's Symphony No. 51 at an orchestra fundraiser.<p>Dennis Prager's day job, however, has members of the orchestra up in arms — and laying down their instruments. He is a conservative talk show …

Orchestras

London thinks classical music can help tone down crime

Scotland Yard plans to pump classical music into a north London housing project to quell violence — but New York City won’t let Beethoven walk the …

Crime

Proms 31, 32 & 33 review – a fiendishly fine Faust

Royal Albert Hall, London Berlioz’s strange, exquisite work soared in a thrilling concert performance that left everything to the imagination<p>Soon after its first performance, Berlioz conducted part of <i>La damnation de Faust</i> at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The critic of the <i>Observer</i>, reviewing the …

Music

Hear Debussy Play Debussy: A Vintage Recording from 1913

A century ago, the great French composer Claude Debussy sat down at a contraption called a Welte-Mignon reproducing piano and recorded a series of …

Orchestras

Theater News: Frozen Announces Date for First Broadway Performance

Caissie Levy and Patti Murin are set to star in the stage adaptation.

Tony Awards

Awe-Inspiring Opera Houses Seen From The Stage

The flamboyant architecture of opera houses is meant to match the drama of the performances they hold. These structures, many of which are hundreds of years old, put attendees in a state of awe before the show even starts. Even today, when we can go to any ugly movie theater and watch hours of 3-D …

The Arts

Orchestra cancels season over money woes; no pay for staff

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The curtain's closing on a Pennsylvania orchestra.<p>The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic said Friday it's canceling the upcoming season because of financial problems. The 45-year-old orchestra will play one concert in October and then shut down while it figures out its next …

Orchestras

Hamilton Tour Kicks Off Los Angeles Run August 11

The national tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical will play the Pantages Theatre through the end of the year.<p>The <i>Hamilton</i> national tour begins …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Finally, a Well-Staged ‘Don Giovanni’ in New York

To be an opera lover is to live a life of constant transit between two poles, ecstasy and despair, with most of the year spent in the latter location.<p>It’s not like we ask for much: only perfection. We want a conductor whose reading of “Parsifal” is never for an instant less than gripping; a Norma …

Orchestras

A Touch of Madness: This Week’s Eight Best Classical Music Moments on YouTube

<i>In addition to writing reviews, features and news during the week, our critics and reporters collect the best of what they’ve heard: notes that sent shivers down their spines, memorable voices, quotations that cut to the heart of the story. This week, we’re offering a glimpse into the research</i> …

Orchestras

Check Out a First Look at Two Costume Designs for FROZEN's Princess Anna!

As fans eagerly await the arrival of Disney's stage adaptation to their hit animated film, check out a first look at Tony Award winning designer …

Walt Disney Company

The Pianist Vikingur Olafsson on Why Philip Glass Matters

Vikingur Olafsson, who is widely considered Iceland’s pre-eminent pianist, hasn’t had music lessons since he graduated from the Juilliard School in 2008. He has taken part in a master class here and there, but these days, he says, he learns more by simply listening to his own recordings.<p>“The way we …

Orchestras

Ringo Starr Talks New LP, Future Deluxe Beatles Albums, Paul McCartney

"I hope they do the White Album and 'Abbey Road,'" he says<p>For his 19th solo album, Ringo Starr planned to record his first country album since 1970's</i> …

Ringo Starr

Why You Should Care About Closing Music Venues

If you live in New York City, you’ve probably been to a show at Webster Hall. Or you’ve at least seen its famous marquee in the heart of the East Village. You may have also heard the news that Webster Hall — the nation’s largest remaining independent music venue — has been purchased (by Brooklyn …

The 26 Emmy-Nominated Actors for Drama—and Why They’re Great

Peak TV keeps upping its game year after year. In the lead-up to the 2017 Emmy Awards Sept. 17, we’re listing each nominee in major acting …

TV

Interview: Richard King Of 'Dunkirk' Talks The Art Of Sound Editing

This is a chat with three-time Academy Award winner Richard King, longtime supervising sound editor for some of Hollywood’s biggest (<i>The Dark Knight</i>) and smallest (<i>Captain America</i> … the first <i>Captain America</i>) movies over a 34-year career. The bulk of the conversation concerns the science and art of …

Why Bruce Springsteen On Broadway Could Benefit The Whole Touring Industry

Bruce Springsteen is coming to Broadway for eight weeks beginning October 3. As someone who has seen Springsteen 60 times, with the E Street Band, with the Seeger Sessions, with the band he played with on the <i>Lucky Town</i> and <i>Human Touch</i> tour in 1992, and in acoustic settings, it’s a genius …

Glen Campbell, Country Music Legend, Is Dead At 81

Singer, guitarist and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Glen Campbell has died at age 81 in a Nashville care facility after a very public struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Campbell's death was announced in a statement from his family.<p>Campbell was an iconic performer whose career spanned half a …

Music

Five Nights of New Music, From Gentle to Terrifying

Along with the master provocateur John Cage, Earle Brown (1926-2002) was a member of the mid-20th-century composers’ collective known as the New York School. Yet while Cage was scabrous about the value of recorded music, preferring to issue books that could accompany his written scores, Brown dove …

Music

For Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer, a Last Romance

In 1971, Tina Packer, then a classically trained English actress, persuaded the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to let her direct Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Then she directed “The Winter’s Tale,” then “Hamlet.”<p>“All the easy ones,” she laughed.<p>Ms. Packer kept going, through …

The Winter's Tale

Newport Jazz Festival Begins a New Era, With History as a Guide

NEWPORT, R.I. — Christian McBride’s big band had just finished a bustling rendition of “The Shade of the Cedar Tree” on the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival here on Saturday afternoon when the bandleader felt compelled to speak.<p>“I’m partial to jazz with a little bit of grease in it,” Mr. …

Jazz

Santa Monica Symphony Roiled by Conservative Guest Conductor

It was supposed to be a dazzling opportunity for the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra — a volunteer ensemble of professional and semiprofessional musicians led by Guido Lamell — to play the prestigious Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles for a fund-raiser. Mr. Lamell, music director of the …

The Arts

$78,000 of Debt for a Harvard Theater Degree

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Twelve years after finishing Harvard’s graduate theater program, Katierose Donohue still pays almost as much in student loans each month — about $650 — as for her share of the rent in Los Angeles. She recently stopped hosting her monthly sketch comedy show, “Ma’am,” because she …

Education

Can Microsoft Cofounder Paul Allen Reboot The “Best Music Scene In The World”?

Not another Lollapalooza: The Upstream fest aims to boost Seattle’s music scene—even as a tech-driven boom puts new pressures on local artists.<p>On a typically drizzly Seattle night this past May, a crowd shuffled through metal detectors to pack the plaza outside CenturyLink Field, the downtown …

Music