Performing Arts

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On 'Fantasies,' Mozart and Schumann Shimmer In The Shadows

Piotr Anderszewski might be one of the most revered pianists of his generation, but he's also one of the most impulsive.<p>In 1990, at age 21, the young Pole entered the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition. He was nearly finished with his semi-final performance when he quit playing — …

Music

National Arts Centre Orchestra seeks to entertain and educate on Canada 150 tour

Tour taking Ottawa-based NACO through Atlantic provinces, central, western and northern Canada<p>The National Arts Centre Orchestra is hoping to …

Canada

11-Year-Old Conductor Set to Break Record With 75-Piece Orchestra

11-year-old Matthew Smith will be the youngest person to conduct a 75-piece orchestra.<p>Next month, an 11-year-old prodigy from the United Kingdom is scheduled to set a new world record, becoming the youngest person to ever conduct a 75-piece orchestra.<p>On April 2, Matthew Smith will conduct the …

Music

Steven Osborne review – unflinching and ecstatic Beethoven

Wigmore Hall, London Osborne’s recital, in which Beethoven’s final piano sonatas were prefaced with Brahms intermezzos, was consistently thoughtful and sometimes shattering<p>Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas contain more than enough musical substance to make a satisfying programme just as as they …

Classical Music

How the L.A. Phil Can Stay on Top of the Orchestra World

The ascendancy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is the salient event in American orchestral life of the past twenty-five years. In 1992, the L.A. Phil was on no one’s list of leading ensembles; the classical-music business had it pegged as a second-tier orchestra that could never quite escape the …

Los Angeles

Radical 'Picnic' reimagines Inge classic about brief moment of youth and possibility

"This production is meant to be felt," said Will Davis, the new artistic director of the American Theater Company, in a lengthy explanatory curtain speech before Wednesday night's opening of a radical, gender-fluid take on "Picnic."<p>Aren't they all, I thought in that moment. Why else would we be …

The Arts

The Helicopter Lands as Miss Saigon Opens on Broadway Tonight

The Broadway revival of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's <i>Miss Saigon</i> opens tonight at its original home, the Broadway Theatre, under the …

The Arts

Solange and Werner Herzog Among Artists at Red Bull Music Academy Festival

The eclectic and experimental Red Bull Music Academy has announced its 2017 New York festival lineup, featuring Solange, Werner Herzog and tributes to Prince and Alice Coltrane.<p>This will be the festival’s fifth year in the city, and it will step into some hallowed New York cultural spaces. At the …

Documentaries

DJ Sessions: Opera That Transports Listeners To Italy

"There was no one who did it better than Pavarotti, but I think that Lawrence Brownlee comes pretty close," Minnesota Public Radio's Ryan Lohr says.

Opera

This Inspiring Short Film Shows The Beauty Of Black Ballet Dancers

Dance Theatre of Harlem collaborated with India.Arie for the film "High Above."<p>Black representation in ballet is crucial.<p>That’s why organizations like Dance Theatre of Harlem have always made sure black ballet dancers see themselves on stage. The Huffington Post is exclusively premiering the dance …

Dance

Jerry Seinfeld to Produce ‘Letters From a Nut’ at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse

Jerry Seinfeld will produce “Letters From a Nut by Ted L. Nancy,” a new stage show based on the series of books by Ted L. Nancy, otherwise known as …

Colin Quinn

See Who’s Joining Matthew Perry in His New York Stage Debut

MCC has announced the complete cast for the American premiere of The End of Longing.<p>MCC Theater has announced complete casting for the American …

Entertainment

San Francisco: ODC's stunning new season of contemporary dance

Tonight (Thursday, 3/23), San Francisco's magnificent contemporary dance company ODC launches their 2017 season that includes two world-premiere …

San Francisco

Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Hollywood goes high-def

Less than four months after Universal Studios Hollywood removed the 3-D feature from its Harry Potter flying simulator ride, the park has upgraded the attraction to include high-definition images of fire-breathing dragons, enchanted trees and evil flying creatures.<p>The images shown during Harry …

Harry Potter

Mike Huckabee is urging Trump not to slash funding for the arts

The list of politicians urging President Donald Trump to spare the arts from federal funding cuts added an unexpected name on Wednesday: Mike Huckabee.<p>In a column in The Washington Post, the former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate called on Trump to reconsider slashing the …

Mike Huckabee

Selena Gomez opens up about taking a break from music: 'I was depressed, anxious'

<b>The INSIDER Summary</b><p><b>Selena Gomez</b> <b>took a break from music after she was diagnosed with Lupus.</b>• <b><br>The 24-year-old singer told Vogue for its April cover story she was "depressed" and "anxious," having panic attacks before performing.</b>• <b><br>Gomez has been disconnecting from social media. Though she's the</b> …

Music

Well, Hello, Dollys!

Carol Channing, who created the title role in the 1964 smash hit musical “Hello, Dolly!,” has been called many things: “a walking alarm clock,” “a moon-mad hillbilly,” “an Al Hirschfeld caricature in the flesh,” with “a vocal range from deep foghorn to squeaky hinge.”<p>But one thing she has never …

Obituaries

At SXSW, Garth Brooks Sees The Constants In A Changing Industry

The South by Southwest music festival is well-established as a venue where up-and-coming artists get discovered. But it also offers a chance to hear from the music industry's icons — like veteran country star Garth Brooks, who delivered a keynote address at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW …

Garth Brooks

Why We Must Save the National Endowment for the Humanities

Tyrants fear the humanities. We do not, and must not. The NEH has supported vitally important intellectual work, and we have to keep it going.<p>Does it matter if the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is on the congressional cutting block even though it is a small agency costing on a per …

Humanities

Chuck Berry Dies at 90; Helped Define Rock ’n’ Roll

Chuck Berry, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90.<p>The St. Charles County Police Department in …

Rock & Roll

Chuck Berry, Fiery and Flinty Rock ’n’ Roll Innovator

Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” wasn’t the first rock ’n’ roll song, but it was the best and brashest of the genre’s early advertisements. Released in 1956, it opens with a nimble, bendy guitar riff — a prelude to the one that would be perfected a year later, on “Johnny B. Goode” — that serves …

Music

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Season Includes a Same-Sex ‘Oklahoma!’

“We in leadership positions,” Bill Rauch, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s artistic director, told The New York Times in 2015, “need to do everything we can to reflect the world we live in.”<p>On Friday, Mr. Rauch and his colleagues continued that push when announcing the festival’s 2018 season, …

Entertainment

Brian Wilson on Chuck Berry: 'He Taught Me How to Write Rock'

Brian Wilson was backstage Saturday night, waiting to perform at Indio, California's Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for his <i>Pet Sounds</i> 50th anniversary …

Music

Ashley Bouder and Wendy Whelan Step in New Dance Directions

Most ballerinas spend their careers dancing ballets made by men and in companies run by men. So it’s good to see some ballerinas changing the picture a bit.<p>Ashley Bouder, a brilliant virtuoso ballerina at New York City Ballet, is one such. On Saturday the Ashley Bouder Project danced a couple of …

TV queen Shonda Rhimes expands her empire to include the theater

As if Shonda Rhimes didn’t have enough drama in her life — being the woman whose ShondaLand production company’s galaxy of shows has become the backbone of Thursday nights on ABC — she’s now about to fund more of it.<p>On the stage, that is.<p>Rhimes, the force behind TV hits “Grey’s Anatomy” and …

The Arts

The Met’s Mounting of Beethoven’s Fidelio Puts a Strong Woman in the Spotlight

Star soprano Adrianne Pieczonka reveals her take on the refreshing role.<p>Leonore, the valiant heroine of Beethoven’s <i>Fidelio</i>, is one of opera’s most …

Van Morrison brings Irish heartbeat to L.A. for St. Patrick's Day

Lightning, we’re often told, doesn’t strike the same place twice. Instead, it hits unpredictably — a principle also true of a Van Morrison live performance.<p>On Friday, at the first of three nights at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, the veteran Irish singer, songwriter, poet, …

Music

How Judy Garland launched America’s quest for the perfect smile

The Great Depression could have spelled certain doom for the film industry. Instead, the 1930s ended up being a boom time for Hollywood — 60 to 80 …

Movies

Review: Lyric Opera's 'Carmen' sizzles with new principal singers

Lyric Opera has moved a second pair of romantic leads and a new conductor into its production of Bizet's "Carmen" for the show's final week of performances at the Civic Opera House.<p>It's a pity that Anita Rachvelishvili, who is making a charismatic company debut in the title role, and Brandon …

Opera