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Apple Music’s Free Trial Ends Soon

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Apple Music commercial that debuted during the Emmy’s telecast drew almost as much buzz as the show itself, thanks to star turns by Kerry Washington of Scandal, music legend Mary J. Blige and Taraji P. Henson of Empire. When Jimmy Iovine came up with the idea for the ad, he asked a good friend to recommend a director. “I told the idea to Oprah,” Iovine recalled, “and she said, ‘Ava should do that.’” And, sure enough, Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, signed on. It’s deep show business relationships like those that got Iovine his job shepherding Apple Music. But it’s customers, not connections, …

’90s Pop Star, Tony-Winner Revived

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Duncan Sheik has experienced clear success in two creative fields. As a pop singer and songwriter, he scored a top 20 hit in 1996 with Barely Breathing, a Grammy-nominated kiss-off that continues to resonate thanks to recent placements in youth-attuned TV series like Glee and Girls. And as a composer of theater music, …

The New Singing Von Trapps

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Washington — The modern-day Trapp family singers were hanging out on the craggy patio of a D.C. cafe, each wearing some variation on skinny jeans, bangs and combat boots. Melanie, 25, had wrapped herself in a leopard-print trench, while Sofi, 27, was clad in a cropped red leather jacket. Amanda, 24, was in …

‘Compton’ Worth the Wait

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How much time has passed since Dr. Dre put out an album under his own name? Pop-culturally speaking, eons. In 1999, when the definitive G-funk producer and founding N.W.A. member released 2001 — the album title was postdated …

Dartmouth Conductor Departs

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hanover — Students at Dartmouth College are questioning what they view as a lack of transparency surrounding the recent departure of the school’s longtime symphony orchestra conductor. Until last month, Anthony Princiotti, of Walpole, N.H., had for decades …

Motley Crue’s Goodbye Tour

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Eugene, Ore. — There will be fire and explosions. There will bone-shaking guitar riffs, scantily clad dancers and an upside-down drum solo. Middle-aged men and women will pump their fists and bang their heads, remembering back to younger …

The Real Threat of Streaming Music

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Talk to recording artists, record collectors or various other music mavens, and they will count the ways streaming threatens to decimate music as they know and love it. There’s the sound quality. On the largest services, it’s perfectly awful. The degree of sonic compression used on the new …

A Fine Opera North Cast Performs Mozart’s ‘Abduction From the Seraglio’

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio , which premiered in Vienna in 1782, was considered his first great mature success, but it’s not produced as often as the Big Three (or Four): Marriage of Figaro , Don Giovanni , Cosi Fan Tutte and The Magic Flute . Opera …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug. 9-15

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Chris Farley — This new documentary celebrates the life and career of the lovable comedian who died of a drug overdose at the age of 33, just as he was establishing himself as a big-screen star after a five-year run on Saturday Night Live. …

Stradivarius Violin Recovered After 35 Years

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Washington — Renowned violinist Roman Totenberg left his beloved Stradivarius in his office while greeting well-wishers after a concert in 1980. When he returned, it was gone. Its case was later found in the basement of the Longy …

‘The Tender Land’

Saturday, August 8, 2015

In a distinguished career of writing music that expressed American life and idealism at its best, Aaron Copland’s quintet T he Promise of Living , which ends the first act of his only full-length opera The Tender Land …

Dance DJ Mixes Multiple Music Genres

Sunday, August 2, 2015

‘Rose Garden’ Singer Lynn Anderson Dies in Nashville

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — Lynn Anderson, whose strong, husky voice carried her to the top of the charts with (I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden, has died. She was 67. A statement from the family said she passed …