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Musical maestro and former East German dissident Kurt Masur dies

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File picture shows German maestro Kurt Masur conducting a concert in Santander, Spain August 23, 2006. REUTERS/Victor Fraile By Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) – Kurt Masur, the German conductor who revitalized the New York Philharmonic and played a key role in peaceful protests in Leipzig that paved the way for the 1990 reunification of postwar Germany, died on Saturday at age 88. Masur’s distinguished musical career saw him rise from…

Music, digital art intersect in ‘Day for Night’ festival in Houston

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A massive screen located to the right of the main stage displays a digital interpretation of the day for night theme of the Day for Night Festival in Houston, Texas, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Amanda Orr By Amanda Orr HOUSTON (Reuters) – Sound, image and digital art installations collide in Houston this weekend for the Day for Night Festival, which brings together music giants including Kendrick Lamar and visual artists such…

Super Bowl halftime show a big stage, even for music’s biggest stars

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Chris Martin of Coldplay sings “Adventure of a Lifetime” during the 2015 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As Coldplay gears up to take the Super Bowl halftime stage on Sunday, there’s a lot at stake – even for a band Rolling Stone deemed “one of the most commercially successful acts of the new millennium.” Upwards of…

After cowboys and folk music, the Coens’ ‘Hail’ Hollywood’s Golden Age

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Cast members (L-R) Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum pose at the premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” in Los Angeles, California February 1, 2016. The movie opens in the U.S. on February 5. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For more than thirty years, Joel and Ethan Coen have tackled almost every film genre, from stoner comedy “The Big Lebowski” to revenge Western…

Let it stream: The Beatles comes to online music services

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Ringo Starr’s iconic 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit used to record some of The Beatles biggest hits is seen in an undated handout picture courtesy of Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. REUTERS/Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions/Handout via Reuters (Reuters) – Here, there and everywhere – and now on streaming services too. Starting Christmas eve, all of The Beatles’ 13 albums, including “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,”…

Czech musician performs long-lost Mozart score for first time

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A worker of the Czech Museum of Music presents a recently discovered music manuscript composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri in Prague, Czech Republic, February 16, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny By Robert Muller PRAGUE (Reuters) – A long-lost composition by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri was performed for the first time on Tuesday after a musicologist discovered the piece in the reserve collection of the Czech national…

Motown Sound comes to London stage in West End musical

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A board with period photos is seen backstage before a preview of Motown: The Musical, in New York, February 7, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri LONDON (Reuters) – From “My Girl” to “What’s Going On”, Motown hits come alive on the London stage in a West End musical looking at the life of the record label’s founder Berry Gordy. “Motown The Musical”, which made its debut on Broadway in 2013 and premiered…

Joe Jonas returns to music scene with new band DNCE

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Joe Jonas of the band “DNCE” performs during the KIIS FM’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2015 concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian LONDON (Reuters) – Joe Jonas, formerly of the Jonas Brothers, is back with new band DNCE, whose adult lyrics and funk-pop tunes are a far cry from his teen boy band days in the Disney Channel pop rock trio. DNCE is made…