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Review: Opera Lovers, Make a Pilgrimage to Munich for ‘Tannhäuser’

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:45:13 GMT

A scene from the opera, directed and designed by Romeo Castellucci.The dazzling Kirill Petrenko leads a peerless cast in Wagner’s work at the Bavarian State Opera, in a new staging by Romeo Castellucci.

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In Wreckage of the Fyre Festival, Fury, Lawsuits and an Inquiry

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:07:05 GMT

Trash and remnants of the failed Fyre Festival remain on the site in Great Exuma, the Bahamas.Billy McFarland wanted to create a luxurious music getaway in the Bahamas. It turned into a washout, with lawsuits and a federal investigation.

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Ivo van Hove and Pina Bausch Highlight BAM’s Next Wave Festival

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:49:39 GMT

“The Fountainhead,” directed by Ivo van Hove and staged by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, will run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in November as part of the festival.The festival, which features 31 programs from Sept. 14 through Dec. 16, will be the penultimate one overseen by its founding director, Joseph V. Melillo.

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At Moogfest, Untamed Sounds and Futuristic Protests

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:26:36 GMT

Camae Ayewa, a musician who records as Moor Mother, playing a four-hour set at Moogfest in Durham, N.C.This year, the festival in Durham, N.C., stayed nerdy, featured women and sought a more diverse future.

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What Ariana Grande Represents to Her Fans

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:34:45 GMT

Ariana Grande performing at Madison Square Garden in February during her “Dangerous Woman” tour.The singer is self-assured, talented and proudly feminine, with a loyal fan base that rallied to her side after the Manchester bombing with the hashtag #ThisIsNotYourFaultAriana.

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Despite Security, Concerts Provide ‘Target-Rich’ Environments

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:32:51 GMT

Barriers to deter terrorist attacks in Manhattan outside 4 World Trade Center.Security consultants and music promoters look ahead to what measures can be taken after the Ariana Grande concert attack.

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Critic's Notebook: ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Carmen,’ in Bold and Vivid Cuts

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:49:29 GMT

Banlingyu Ban as Cio-Cio San in Heartbeat Opera’s “Butterfly.”Heartbeat Opera presents radically rewritten, trimmed-down and gritty contemporary productions of two classic works.

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Kritik: Opernfreunde, pilgert nach München zum „Tannhäuser“

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:45:14 GMT

Eine Szene aus der Oper mit Bühnenbildern von Romeo Castellucci.Der brillante Kirill Petrenko leitet ein unvergleichliches Ensemble in Romeo Casteluccis neuer Wagnerinszenierung an der Bayerischen Staatsoper.

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Critic's Notebook: Emotional Richness in Minor Keys From 2 Revered Pianists

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:05:18 GMT

Murray Perahia brought pieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert to Carnegie Hall on Friday evening.Murray Perahia and Maurizio Pollini brought complexity to their recitals at Carnegie Hall. These were no nostalgia acts — the here and now was a joy.

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Styles Q. and A.: Pedro Winter on Daft Punk and the Paris Party Scene He Defined

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:49:25 GMT

The D.J. Busy P, a.k.a. Pedro Winter, performing in France in 2013. He is also the founder of Ed Banger Records.Mr. Winter, who founded Ed Banger Records, is commemorating the label’s 100th release with new tracks.

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Neighborhood Joint: UkeHut in Queens: Where No Ukulele Need Goes Unmet

Tue, 23 May 2017 11:00:15 GMT

Masafumi Sakai, left, a ukulele master who works at the UkeHut in Queens, talks with a neighbor (and new customer).From a plastic beginner model to exotic hybrids with four-figure price tags, the instruments are the specialty and passion at this store in Long Island City.

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Harry Styles Becomes 2nd One Direction Member With a Solo No. 1

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:47:37 GMT

Harry Styles’s self-titled debut solo album opened at the top of the Billboard album chart.The singer’s self-titled album debuted at the top of the Billboard chart. The Zac Brown Band followed at No. 2, and Logic dropped 10 spots to No. 11.

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Review: Squeezing Music Made for One Hall Into the Geffen

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:17:10 GMT

Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall on Friday.Esa-Pekka Salonen wrote “Wing on Wing” for the Walt Disney Concert Hall; its overdue New York premiere showed the limits of a Lincoln Center space.

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Review: Future and Migos, Onstage With Their Hits on Shuffle

Sun, 21 May 2017 21:09:39 GMT

Future at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday.In a landscape where streaming is remaking the top of the charts, one of the biggest pop tours of the year features hip-hop stars from Atlanta.

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24 Hours of Music, Yoga and Art

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:20:40 GMT

Spend a day in Arcosanti, Ariz., where the FORM Festival curates more than just the musicians. Attendees must fill out an application to attend the three-day event, which includes meditative mornings and performance art pieces.

The 5 ‘Handsome Girls’ Trying to Be China’s Biggest Boy Band

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:15:03 GMT

The women of Acrush at a dance studio in Beijing in April. There are slick boy bands and foxy girl groups, but Acrush seeks to appeal to those who reject gender norms.Meet the young women from China providing the soundtrack (and the dance moves) for the country’s androgynous urban trendsetters who reject traditional gender norms.

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Review: Solange Turns the Guggenheim Into a Sanctuary for Dance

Sat, 20 May 2017 02:51:30 GMT

Solange’s “An Ode To” transformed the Guggenheim atrium into a dance-theater space.With “An Ode To,” Solange reimagined “A Seat at the Table” with her own choreography and reconstructed musical arrangements.

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A Radical Redo for ‘Madama Butterfly’ — to Save It?

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:28:29 GMT

Banlingyu Ban, who plays Cio-Cio San in Heartbeat Opera’s production of “Butterfly.”In a radically revised and trimmed version of Puccini’s classic, Heartbeat Opera tries to address the Asian stereotypes the work helped perpetuate.

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That Decisive Moment: Intoned Absurdity: This Week’s 8 Best Classical Music Moments

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:36:40 GMT

Titano Oddfellow — using his teeth — lifted the director Phelim McDermott during his audition at the Metropolitan Opera for a new production of “Così Fan Tutte.”The violinist Leonidas Kavakos's take on Brahms, music by Luciano Berio and an unusual audition at the Metropolitan Opera were among the highlights.

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Playlist: The Playlist: Selena Gomez Goes Low-Gloss, and Camila Cabello Flees Fifth Harmony

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:37:57 GMT

Selena Gomez’s new song borrows the bass line from “Psycho Killer” by Talking Heads.Listen to the week's most notable new songs from Lana Del Rey, Courtney Barnett, Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan and more.

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Solange Knowles Tears Down Barriers at the Guggenheim

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:45:20 GMT

Solange’s “In her performance at the museum, the high priestess of pop ministered to her flock. And everyone wore white.

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Reviving the Ghostly Sounds of Maryanne Amacher

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:06:48 GMT

Maryanne Amacher in Oakland, Calif., in 1993.This pioneering electronic music composer, known for her house-filling installations, died in 2009. Can her work live on without her?

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Review: A Quartet With Sunny Energy and Grunge-Band Grit

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:10:32 GMT

From left, Jeffrey Myers, Ryan Meehan, Estelle Choi, Paul Neubauer and Jeremy Berry, performing at the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center.The Calidore String Quartet, winners of a $100,000 chamber music prize last year, played Mozart and Ligeti at the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center.

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A Toothy Strongman Gets a Role at the Met Opera

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:03:25 GMT

The strongman known as Titano Oddfellow.In a most unusual audition at the Met, a bearded, pierced, tattooed strongman picks up the director — using only his mouth.

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An Adventurous First Season for Skirball Center’s New Director

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:54:39 GMT

Jay Wegman, at the Abrons Arts Center. He gave up his post as artistic director there to lead N.Y.U.’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, where his first season will include an immersive “Pirates of Penzance” and a John Zorn marathon.Jay Wegman, who left the Abrons Arts Center to lead Skirball last year, has unveiled an ambitious first season.

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Popcast: Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:34:31 GMT

Harry Styles has released his self-titled debut album, a collection of 1960s and 1970s-influenced rock delivered with modern pop slickness.The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common. A panel discussion of their new albums, on Popcast.

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Listen to a ‘Twin Peaks’ Fantasy for String Quartet

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:16:23 GMT

The Dover Quartet, which played the “Twin Peaks Fantasy,” a work in progress by the composer Daniel Schlosberg.Daniel Schlosberg, who wrote his thesis on Angelo Badalementi’s indelible score for the David Lynch show, has written a piece based on it for the Dover Quartet.

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Grime Sets Today’s Music Agenda in Britain, and Tomorrow’s

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:27:59 GMT

Stormzy at the V Festival in Chelmsford, England, in August.Stars like Stormzy and Skepta have brought raw grime into the British mainstream — and to the world — while the next generation moves beyond the genre.

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Afghan Whigs: ’90s Alternative Rockers, With Strings and Horns

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:09:56 GMT

Greg Dulli, far left, with other members of the alternative rock band Afghan Whigs.The band, led by Greg Dulli, plays the Apollo Theater.

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Maurizio Pollini to Play Chopin at Carnegie Hall

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:59:20 GMT

Maurizio Pollini performing at Carnegie Hall in 2013.Mr. Pollini’s coming recital is primarily composed of nocturnes and ballades.

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An Organ Master Who’s Part Musician, Part Mechanic

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:42:57 GMT

Jared Lamenzo, the music director at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, at the church’s organ.Jared Lamenzo, the keeper of the 150-year-old pipe organ at a Manhattan church, keeps a wrench handy. He both plays and repairs the instrument.

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Classical Music in NYC This Week

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:59:58 GMT

The composer Philip Glass in Washington in 2015.Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.

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Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:51:13 GMT

Romy Madley Croft, left, and Oliver Sim of the xx.Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.

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F.Y.I.: When New Yorkers Fell for a Singer They Had Never Heard

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:30:52 GMT

“Lind-Mania” surrounded the American tour of the opera star Jenny Lind.P.T. Barnum was taking a big chance when he brought Jenny Lind, the Swedish nightingale, to New York in 1850. But it paid off.

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An Appraisal: Chris Cornell: A Spectacular Voice of Grunge, With a Glint of Tragedy

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:27:14 GMT

Chris Cornell in 2015. As a frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave, he used his formidable vocal talents to question rather than exult.Mr. Cornell’s power as a vocalist lay in his ability to sustain hard-rock melodies while lending more modest ballads an existential gravity.

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10 Spring and Summer Classical Festivals

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:41:27 GMT

Luca Francesconi’s opera “Quartett” will make its United States debut at the Spoleto Festival USA.From Mahler’s weighty Ninth Symphony to the world premiere of an opera about Steve Jobs, here are 10 festivals around the country for classical and new-music fans.

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Listen to 10 Essential Chris Cornell Songs

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:55:51 GMT

Chris Cornell in 2010.The singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, who will be remembered as one of grunge’s distinctive voices, has died at 52.

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15 Spring and Summer Pop Festivals

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:33:37 GMT

Chance the RapperGrateful Dead alums reunite, sweaty dance floors abound and a whole lot of Chance the Rapper: Our picks for the best pop and jazz festivals.

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