Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are
When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated. For those of you who don t know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to …
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Where are all the Australian musicals?
The Book of Mormon musical has taken the world by storm, and the Australian production was this week nominated for a Helpmann Award. Other nominees include Aladdin and My Fair Lady – all internationally acclaimed shows. Overseas musicals dominated the …
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Do Revivals Inhibit New Broadway Musicals?
Data doesn’t lie, they say, which is why I decided to take a data-based look at Broadway musicals. In the first part of my inquiry, I was trying to see whether musicals based on movies and “jukebox” musicals using scores created for other media were …
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2014 Is Totally the Year of Drummers

2014 Is Totally the Year of Drummers
I have always had a soft spot for drummers. When I go to see bands play live, the person I stare at the most is the one sitting in the back, keeping time. When I meet bands, I typically wind up talking most to the individual holding the sticks. When I …
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Robotic Third Arm Turns Drummers Into Beat Machines
The cymbalism of a three-armed drummer is obvious. Much of the focus on prosthetic limbs is about restoring ability, healing that which is broken or at least returning an injured limb to a semi-functional state. But the same technology that replaces a …
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Indian Street Drummers: Indian Percussion by EarthMoments
EarthMoments has launched Indian Street Drummers, a sample pack featuring ecstatic South Indian ceremonial drumming, raw and primal beats from the gullies of South India – a wildly unconventional bundle now made accessible to producers worldwide.
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UT Tyler to offer workshop for saxophonists March 26th

UT Tyler to offer workshop for saxophonists March 26th
The University of Texas at Tyler Department of Music will once again hold “UT Tyler Saxophone Day,” Dr. Michael Thrasher, School of Performing Arts director, announced. The public event is 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26 in the UT Tyler Center …
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Sun Ra’s 100th Birthday to Be Celebrated By 100 Sax Players
WASHINGTON PARK — Organizers are hoping for 100 saxophonists to gather in Washington Park on Thursday to celebrate what would have been jazz composer Sun Ra’s 100th birthday. “This is a historic opportunity to share our collective energy in honor of …
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Saxophone Summit brings together six stellar saxophonists
The Yale School of Music will present a Saxophone Summit featuring six great performers on the entire family of instruments, from the soprano sax to the rare contrabass. The stellar lineup includes Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Antonio Hart, Todd Bashore, Frank …
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Latest Female Vocalists News

The Best EDM Female Vocalists that will Top Pop in 2017
Remember how the dance music craze started? In case you need a refresher, back in the good old days producers hid under a rock while manifesting their creativity to craft music that would be hopefully be commercialized for the world’s favorite pop stars.
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Industry Insiders Name Their Top Female Vocalists
There aren’t very many young female vocalists in the K-pop world, despite the demand for them in the industry. Thankfully, there are those few singers, both idol group members and soloists, who are considered vocalists with true musicianship. Here are …
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Who was the top female singer in each of the following decades: 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, and 1960?
A top opera singer, for example, cannot be expected to compete for top… When listing top female singers for each decade between 1920 and 1969, two considerations must be kept in mind: 1) “Top” singer may refer to most records sold, or it may refer to …
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Chuck Berry Never Stopped Running

Chuck Berry Never Stopped Running
Surely, he should have had a secure and profitable Las Vegas residency at his disposal. Even if he chose not to take it, he’d earned it, as Elvis had before him. Even Little Richard, who struggled to adapt to making records again after returning to secular …
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Robert Cray
Five-time Grammy winner Robert Cray has always played serious blues. But, early on, he sidestepped a genre that would descend into pentatonic hackery in favor of brilliant songs, soul-drenched vocals, and emotional guitar playing. Cray is all about dark …
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Glenn Hauser logs June 2-3, 2017
** ARGENTINA [non]. 11580, Friday June 2 at 1358, WRMI with jazz music fill after RAE French hour, 1359.5 WNYW-style ID, 1400 once again RAE Spanish for the second day at this hour, opening with its usual music downbeat, intro as “primera edición del …
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Latest Operas News

Syracuse Opera announces 2015-2016 that includes new and classic operas
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse Opera announced its 2015-2016 season that begins and ends with contemporary operas. Artistic Director Douglas Kinney Frost announced the upcoming season on the Crouse Hinds Theater stage before the first performance of “The Barber …
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Tom Huizenga
Tom Huizenga is a music producer, reporter and blogger for NPR Music. He is a regular contributor of stories about classical music to NPR’s news programs and co-hosts NPR’s classical music blog Deceptive Cadence. Joining NPR in 1999, Huizenga spent seven …
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Post-STAR WARS Space Operas for Fun and Frivolity
We’re all intensely excited for the new Star Wars film after watching that teaser about sixteen trillion times over the past few weeks. When the movie opens in a year’s time, it’s going to be insane with people flocking to see it probably multiple …
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Latest Male Vocalists News

Jason Aldean Thanks His New Wife at the 2015 ACM Awards
The 2015 ACMs are Jason Aldean‘s kinda party. That’s right, the “Big Green Tractor” singer is the Academy of Country Music’s male vocalist of the year. He dedicated the award first and foremost to his new wife, Brittany Kerr, and two daughters.
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The 10 Best Known Italian Male Singers outside of Italy
Next on our list of the ten best Italian singers of all time is the man who popularized opera among the masses. Blessed with amazing lungs and a booming voice, the much loved Luciano Pavarotti Teamed with fellow opera stars Placido Domingo and Jose …
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ACM Male Vocalist honor goes to Stapleton
Sunday, April 3, 2016 – Chris Stapleton wracked up his fourth honor at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday by winning Male Vocalist of the Year. “Thank you,” he said. “There are so many people to thank.” He proceeded to give shout outs to …
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University of Redlands: Pokorny Low Brass Seminar slated July 5-9

University of Redlands: Pokorny Low Brass Seminar slated July 5-9
July 7: Trombonists Timothy Higgins and Michael Mulcahy present a faculty recital at 4 p.m. in the Frederick Loewe Performance Hall in Watchorn Hall. • July 8: Sergio Carolino, tuba, presents a faculty recital at 4 p.m. in the University of Redlands …
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Greece to call time on cushy pension deals for ‘unhealthy’ jobs
Trombonists are among a select group of professionals that includes bakers, hairdressers and masseurs, who are allowed to retire early because of the nature of their work. And some of the striking civil servants yesterday leapt to defend the system.
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That Altus Band trombonist Asher Joel Shoopman named to Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State band
Out of the 90 or so trombonists that passed on to the second round in Moore, only 15 were selected as OMEA All-State members.” Though getting selected to All-State may have surprised Shoopman, it did not surprise the director of That Altus Band …
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Jaden Smith Doing K-pop is a Lose-Lose Situation

Jaden Smith Doing K-pop is a Lose-Lose Situation
Jaden Smith recently tweeted that he is planning to release a K-pop single in the next four months. This isn’t the first time a Western artist is trying to break into the K-pop scene but, as a Western black artist partaking in culture that is not native …
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K-Pop Group Gets ,000 in Plastic Surgery
K-Pop group Six Bomb has shared two new music videos that showcase the before and after of the members’ plastic surgery transformations. When the group released the “Becoming Prettier” music videos, viewers began to raise concerns about Six Bomb’s …
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K-pop Is Killing It: Why 2NE1 And Girls Generation Are Set To Storm The States
Annyeong! (As “Arrested Development” fans know well, that’s Korean for “Hello.”) I’m Sam Lansky, music writer and K-pop neophyte, though I’m rapidly getting sucked in to the glittering, glamorous world of Korean pop, which is gaining traction with …
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Latest Keyboardists News

THE REVOLUTION Featured on NPR’s All Things Considered 4/30
This Sunday April 30th, NPR’s “All Things Considered” will share an intimate conversation with THE REVOLUTION and legendary host Michel Martin. The band will explore insights and memories in tribute of their friend and band leader, PRINCE. Then on Monday …
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Morrissey Cancels Concert Following Keyboardist’s Collapse
Morrissey was set to play a show in Colorado on Monday evening (November 14) and cancelled the show minutes into what would have been his performance after his keyboard player collapsed backstage. Related: Morrissey Gives Health Update, Confirms New Music …
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Prince’s 1980s Band The Revolution to Go on Memorial Tour
For members of Prince’s 1980s backing band The Revolution, reuniting and hitting the road for a spring U.S. tour is how they are coping with the “Purple Rain” pop superstar’s unexpected death a year ago. “We’re taking it to the people who are grieving like …
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