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Charlie Parker's Yardbird had its premiere at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem over the weekend, the very stage where Parker played. This was the first opera performance in the Apollo’s history and the title role was performed by Jacobs School alumnus Lawrence Brownlee.


The Declining Taste of the Global Super-Rich
Current Affairs: Amber A’Lee Frost
Today’s patrons of the arts are less interested in opera and ballet, and more interested in novelty furniture and enormous sculptures of their own faces.

Musicians Are Much More Likely to Use Psychotherapy
Pacific Standard: Tom Jacobs
According to a recent Norwegian study, musicians in that nation are three times more likely to utilize psychotherapy than members of the general workforce. They're also 50 percent more likely to use psychotropic medications such as antidepressants.


Young Musicians Blossom in Baltimore's OrchKids Program
The program was launched in 2008 with just 30 children from inner-city backgrounds. Now, there are more than a thousand students in the program.

5 U.S. Opera Premieres Bringing American Subjects to the Stage
WQXR: John Bennett
A new crop of commissions for U.S. opera houses are focusing on the home front, adapting works that are distinctly American in scope and are set in the country.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Begs American Officials to Fix Puerto Rico in Op-Ed Piece
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
An op-ed piece posted on Monday by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda urged the United States to intervene on the island's economic crisis. In his letter he recounted childhood memories and, not surprisingly enough, the words of Hamilton himself.

Music Stars Share Moving Stories of David Bowie’s Influence
TIME: Kenneth Bachor
Some of the music industry’s biggest stars gathered recently to remember the late David Bowie with a tribute concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Barack Obama to Host International Jazz Day concert at White House
The Guardian
One of the many perks of being the US president is that if you fancy hosting an International Jazz Day concert from your front room, you can. Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin and Sting are among dozens of stars lined up for the celebration.

Cuba's All-Female Orchestra, Camerata Romeu, Has "Something to Share"
Classicalite: Ian Holubiak
The all-female Cuban ensemble, Camerata Romeu, is a talented orchestra under the direction of conductor Zenaida Romeu, who says the company "has something to share with the world."

The Hypnotic Clamor of Morocco
The New York Review of Books: Adam Shatz
To listen to Music of Morocco is to experience the shock of the old: a ritualistic art that casts a spell through repeated, cyclical patterns, rather than the harmonic development typical of Western music.


Major Conservatory Launches Revolutionary Scholarship Indemnity Program
Adaptistration: Drew McManus
The students, referred to as academic indemnitors in the new program, agree to receive the financial aid and in return, must meet one of the minimum career accomplishment goals set forth by Juliard (sic).

Uganda: A Country in Love with Country Music
BBC Magazine
Cowboy boots, checked shirts and country music might conjure up images of the American south, but Dolly Parton and her fellow country singers have a dedicated following across the world - not least in Uganda.

Feeling Sleepy? Try a Nap Pod
IU Bloomington
Indiana University is proud to announce the launch of innovative new nap pods on the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses.


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