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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Remembering Clarence Avant, one of the great connectors in music and entertainment by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Clarence Avant, who boosted the careers of generations of musicians, entertainers, sports stars and politicians, has died. He was 92.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:37PM
Monday, July 10, 2023

Harry Styles and Drake are among the artists hit by items thrown at them mid-show by Anastasia Tsioulcas

There's been a disturbing trend at concerts this summer: performers like Harry Styles, Drake and Bebe Rexha being hit — and sometimes hurt — by audience members throwing things at them d…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:25PM
Thursday, May 4, 2023

Reanimating Cavafy, a Poet of ‘Future Generations’ Whose Time Is Now by Anastasia Tsioulcas

In the festival “Archive of Desire,” artists and musicians thoughtfully engage with the writing of Constantine P. Cavafy, a self-assessed “ultramodern poet.”

SOURCE: The New York Times Subscription at 03:11PM
Monday, March 27, 2023

Visa fees may be hiked for performing artists traveling to the U.S. by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Travel to the U.S. for performing artists could get more expensive after U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has proposed doubling the cost of visa applications.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 10:42PM
Friday, February 10, 2023

An artist's 'Healing Project,' focused on incarceration and violence, wins $1 million by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Multidisciplinary artist Samora Pinderhughes has explored mass incarceration for the last eight years. With this sizeable grant, he hopes to sustain "The Healing Project" for decades to come.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:01AM
Monday, December 19, 2022

More than 500 musicians demand accountability after Juilliard misconduct allegations by Anastasia Tsioulcas

After VAN magazine published accusations against Robert Beaser, a former head of The Juilliard School's composition department, hundreds of composers, educators and presenters are demanding …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:42PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Former music students accuse two Juilliard teachers of sexual misconduct by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Three people have accused two teachers at the world-renowned music school — composers Robert Beaser and the late Christopher Rouse — of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1990s and 200…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:32PM
Thursday, November 24, 2022

Three global bands to look out for, courtesy of WOMEX by Anastasia Tsioulcas

A Mexican cumbia-punk band called Son Rompe Pera, a traditional singer from West Bengal named Rina Das Baul and a group from near Timbuktu called Al Bilali Soudan: three global acts on the r…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:54AM
Friday, October 7, 2022

Revisiting San Juan Hill, the neighborhood destroyed to make way for Lincoln Center by Anastasia Tsioulcas

In New York City, the area dominated by Lincoln Center was formerly home to Black and Puerto Rican communities. Etienne Charles' new musical work addresses that difficult past.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:43PM
Monday, June 20, 2022

An Arab American singer reframes music about the Crusades by Anastasia Tsioulcas

A new project conceived by Lebanese American tenor Karim Sulayman recasts baroque music that by turns demonizes and exoticizes Arabs and Muslims.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:07PM
Thursday, March 3, 2022

Some Russian performing artists are speaking out against Putin by Anastasia Tsioulcas

A number of Russian stars from the performing arts world are using their voices and international platforms to denounce the invasion of Ukraine and speak up against Russian President Vladimi…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:18PM

As performing artists denounce or stay allied with Putin, history offers some lessons by Anastasia Tsioulcas

While Russian artists and institutions grapple with how they are viewed internationally, American cultural organizations make what amounts to foreign policy decisions.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:18PM
Sunday, February 20, 2022

Prison choirs sing in a reboot of Beethoven's opera about unjust incarceration by Anastasia Tsioulcas

A New York City opera company created an updated version of Fidelio for the Black Lives Matter era. The performance features singers who are incarcerated in real life.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 12:03PM
Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A prominent Broadway costume designer is accused of sexual abuse by Anastasia Tsioulcas

William Ivey Long is an iconic presence on Broadway, designing costumes for shows such as Diana: The Musical and Chicago. Now two men have accused the former Tony Awards chairman of sexual a…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 06:54AM
Saturday, October 23, 2021

Renowned conductor Bernard Haitink, beloved for his modesty, has died at age 92 by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink had a six-decade career leading major orchestras across Europe, the U.S. and the U.K. He was hailed as a musician's musician, prizing the art well above g…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:12AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

James Franco Agrees To Settle Class-Action Sexual Misconduct Suit For $2.2 Million by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The actor agreed to a settlement in a class-action suit led by two of his former students, Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal, at his now-shuttered Studio 4 school.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:48AM
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Lin-Manuel Miranda Apologizes For Lack Of Afro-Latinx Actors In 'In The Heights' by Anastasia Tsioulcas

In a Twitter message, the co-creator of In The Heights wrote: "In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I'm truly sorry."

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:12PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Howard University Names Its Fine Arts College For Chadwick Boseman by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The university announced Wednesday that it is naming its newly reestablished college for performing and visual arts after the late, beloved actor and Howard alumnus.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:48PM

Choreographer Anna Halprin, Who Redefined Dance As A Tool For Healing, Dies At 100 by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The groundbreaking California-based dancer and choreographer made high art, but also created works that were solidly for the community. She died at age 100.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:48PM
Friday, March 26, 2021

NYC Mayor Promises To Help Broadway Reopen By September by Anastasia Tsioulcas

At a Thursday press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a series of public health measures aimed at re-starting New York City's cultural life and theatrical industry.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:32AM
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Struck With Memory Loss, A Dancer Remembers 'Swan Lake.' But Who Is She? by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Viewers worldwide are responding to a moving video of Marta C. González, a former dancer afflicted with dementia. But critics are questioning whether González is who the clip makers claim …

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:12AM
Friday, June 19, 2020

Actor Ian Holm, Who Played King Lear To Bilbo Baggins, Has Died by Anastasia Tsioulcas

With a grounding in classical theater, Ian Holm became beloved by movie fans around the world, especially in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit." He died Friday at age 88.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:12PM
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Broadway Theaters Will Remain Dark At Least Through Labor Day by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, announced Tuesday that their productions will continued to be shuttered through at least Sept. 6.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 04:12PM
Friday, April 10, 2020

New York's Lincoln Center Cancels All Programming Through The End Of August by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The wide-ranging shows presented by one of the nation's top performing arts centers are a summer staple in New York City. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will not return until 2021.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 03:42AM
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Terrence McNally, Honored American Playwright, Has Died Of Coronavirus by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The five-time Tony Award winner whose work spanned some four dozen plays and musicals died Tuesday at age 81 due to complications related to COVID-19.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 09:48PM
Friday, March 20, 2020

The Metropolitan Opera Tells Its Union Employees They Will Not Be Paid After March 31 by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The nation's largest performing arts organization has told its orchestral players, chorus and stagehands they will not be paid after March 31. The company has canceled the rest of its season.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 02:06AM
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Performing Arts And Cultural Organizations Close Their Doors Due To Coronavirus by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Arts and cultural events and institutions across the country are announcing cancellations and closures, including SXSW in Austin, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Opera in…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:24PM
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Can't Catch Bruce Springsteen Live On Broadway? Watch Him On Netflix by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The Boss' Tony-winning, autobiographical, one-man stage show is coming to the streaming platform in December.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 05:48PM
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New York Philharmonic Marks a Milestone With Golden Globe-Winning Composer Philip Glass by Anastasia Tsioulcas

In honor of his birthday, the orchestra delivers the New York premiere of his Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra September 22 & 23.

SOURCE: Playbill at 12:00AM
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bruce Springsteen Is Headed To Broadway For An Intimate Series Of Performances by Anastasia Tsioulcas

The Boss has announced a limited, intimately scaled music-and-words show at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre, running in October and November.

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 01:33PM
Friday, March 18, 2016

Dance, Dance, Revolution: When An American Fell In Love With Castro's Spy Chief by Anastasia Tsioulcas

A fairy-tale romance between a dancer from Connecticut and a young Cuban studying at Columbia turned into a political thriller — and resulted in the unlikely birth of a new art form in Cub…

SOURCE: National Public Radio at 08:03AM