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Listening to Russian Music in Putin’s Shadow – The New Yorker

On the morning of August 21, 1968, Warsaw Pact tanks rolled into Wenceslas Square, in Prague, completing an overnight Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. Alexander Dubček, the liberal-minded leader of the Czech government, was detained and flown to Moscow. That evening, in London, the U.S.S.R. State Symphony, under the direction of Yevgeny Svetlanov, gave a concert at Royal Albert Hall, as part of the BBC Proms. Shouts of protest were…….

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Music for the Dark at an Experimental Festival – The New York Times

GATESHEAD, England — Early on Saturday evening, the final strains of Gavin Bryars’s looping “Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet” faded into silence at a vast concert hall here. After some polite applause, several hundred audience members prized themselves out of chunky beanbag chairs and headed off to find their next listening experience.

Ambling across the arts complex attached to the hall would have brought them to Kinbra…….

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William Kraft, Percussionist and Force in New Music, Dies at 98 – The New York Times

Lamenting the abundance of what he called “rat-a-tat, boom-boom” music for drums, William Kraft set out to create more sophisticated offerings that would bring greater respect to instruments he felt were too often taken for granted in orchestras.

“The days of percussionists being second-class citizens in the musical society are clearly over,” he wrote in 1968. “The last of orchestral families to be exploited, they have co…….

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Underscores Makes Music About the Anxiety of Being Alive – The Atlantic

Apparently one of the most exciting stories in music this year is a lack of excitement about music. In January, the question “Is old music killing new music?” went viral when a newsletter by the jazz historian Ted Gioia (republished by The Atlantic) highlighted data showing that, from 2020 to 2021, listenership for freshly released songs—in comparison with listenership for older songs—decreased. Gioia argued that the music industry had “lost conf…….

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It Started as a College Project. Now It’s the Music Industry’s Hottest Recommendation Tool – Rolling Stone

Bobby Pinckney went to bed one night last August as a management consultant and woke up the following morning as the man behind one of the hottest music apps in the world. Discz, a song recommendation tool which Pinckney started as a class project during his senior year at USC, has captured the imagination of TikTokers. After several clips praising the app went viral, it shot to the top of the music section of the App Store in a handful of major markets — the U.K., Germany — and reached N…….

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‘Music Man’ Sets Box Office Record for a Reopened Broadway – The New York Times

Broadway has a new box office leader: A starry revival of “The Music Man” grossed $3.5 million last week, the most of any show since theaters reopened after the long pandemic shutdown.

The musical, with a cast led by the ever popular Hugh Jackman, is outselling “Hamilton” and every other show, triumphing over tepid reviews as it plays to full houses and sells tickets at top-tier prices.

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Planned Before War, a Festival Embraces New Ukrainian Music – The New York Times

The Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival returned for its third edition this weekend, with a slate of works related to themes of nature and mythology. During an introduction at Merkin Hall, the audience was told that while the event may have become newly relevant in recent weeks, its spirit remained unchanged. (Indeed, it was planned long before the Russian invasion.)

Yet the war loomed over these performances: Some artists couldn…….

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Gateways Music Festival returns, with changes – WXXI News

The Gateways Music Festival, a gathering of classical musicians of African descent for concerts, lectures, and other events, is returning April 18 through 24, with a few changes.

The festival, which is produced in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music, has been based in Rochester since 1995, shortly after its founding by pianist and music educator Armenta Adams Hummings Dumisani. This year, the first three days of the festival will be in…….

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At sold-out Chaifetz, Cody Johnson makes a case for country music show of the year – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Amanda St. Amand
Special to the Post-Dispatch

Cody Johnson brought more than his bona fide country music to a sold-out throng of 8,000 fans on Saturday night.

He may as well have packed a pile of poker chips and served warning on every country act, real or pseudo, that plans a stop in St. Louis this year: He is all in with a show that will be hard to beat.

The crowd at Chaifetz Arena clearly would bet on CoJo. From the opening words …….

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On stage: Barn III Dinner Theatre satisfies with ’70s music, style and laughs – The Pantagraph

JOHN D. POLING
For The Pantagraph

Part of the joy of the decade that was the 1970s was our garish style choices. The patterns, the colors, the collars, the flair — the gold lame. What were Americans thinking!?

We could choose to be in denial about all the tacky excess of the “Me Decade” except — why?? — when the Conklin Players of the Barn III Dinner Theatre have so much fun with it in their latest production “Live From The Barn…….