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French First Lady and Colombian drums herald new Macron government – Reuters

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

(This story fixes spelling of Colombian.) By Brian Love PARIS While President Emmanuel Macron prepared the lineup of France’s new government on Wednesday, a Colombian musical ensemble played a cover version of the “Mission Impossible” movie theme tune in the yard of his Elysee Palace offices in central Paris. First Lady Brigitte Macron, a former drama teacher, met a group of teenage students preparing to play at the presidential premises…

Classical: Philadelphia Orchestra presents ‘Lord of the Rings’ at the Mann – Allentown Morning Call

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Last summer, the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrated its 40th summer season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park with Academy Award-winner Howard Shore’s score from the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” The orchestra, under the baton of Ludwig Wicki, accompanied a screening of the film, projected on a giant screen overhead. On Saturday, the orchestra’s opening concert at the Mann is a…

Cops recover $45G violin left at South Station – Boston Herald

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

MBTA police have found a $45,000 violin that a freelance musician forgot on a bench at South Station — answering the Watertown woman’s prayers that the fiddle she treasures be returned before an upcoming performance. “It’s like my child,” Amy Sims said of the 1855 George Gemunder violin, which was in a case with a $6,000 Simon Frere bow, also from the 1800s; an Andrew Dipper fluted baroque bow; 2016…

Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra sets 2017-18 concerts – BlueRidgeNow.com

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Staff While the calendar may still be saying summer, the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra has its eyes – and ears – on its upcoming 2017-18 season. Season tickets are now on sale for the public to secure their seats for the HSO’s five-concert series. This season concert’s titles all reflect the mood of each concert: Celebration! on Sept. 9; Brilliance! on Oct. 21; Joy! on…

Cops recover $45G violin left at South Station | Boston Herald – Boston Herald

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

MBTA police have found a $45,000 violin that a freelance musician forgot on a bench at South Station — answering the Watertown woman’s prayers that the fiddle she treasures be returned before an upcoming performance. “It’s like my child,” Amy Sims said of the 1855 George Gemunder violin, which was in a case with a $6,000 Simon Frere bow, also from the 1800s; an Andrew Dipper fluted baroque bow; 2016…

New assistant conductor joins Naples Philharmonic – Naples Daily News

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Radu Paponiu(Photo: Submitted photo) Radu Paponiu, an experienced educational conductor and violinist with extensive chamber experience, will be the new assistant conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He will join the organization for the 2017-18 season, replacing Yaniv Segal, who returned to Ann Arbor, Michigan, after three years as assistant conductor to be closer to his family and dedicate more time to his composing work.  A…

Classical: Philadelphia Orchestra presents ‘Lord of the Rings’ at the Mann – Allentown Morning Call

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Last summer, the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrated its 40th summer season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park with Academy Award-winner Howard Shore’s score from the blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.” The orchestra, under the baton of Ludwig Wicki, accompanied a screening of the film, projected on a giant screen overhead. On Saturday, the orchestra’s opening concert at the Mann is a…

Philadelphia Orchestra chief to step down – Philly.com – Philly.com

Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017

Drawing down the curtain on an unusually eventful tenure, Philadelphia Orchestra president and CEO Allison B. Vulgamore will leave the post on Dec. 31, at the conclusion of her current contract, the orchestra announced Tuesday afternoon. Vulgamore took over the orchestra in 2010 after a succession of quick leadership changes there. The decision to leave now “stems…

Woman Reunited With $40000 Violin By MBTA Police – CBS Boston / WBZ

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

BOSTON (CBS) — Amy Sims said she was “a little teary” when she was reunited with her $40,000 violin by MBTA Transit Police Wednesday morning. It was the culmination of over a week of searching after she accidentally left the instrument at South Station just after midnight June 10 after a grueling day of travel. Amy Sims plays her violin after being reunited with it by MBTA Transit Police. (WBZ-TV) “My…

Man Plays Guitar Nonstop for 114 Hours to Beat World Record – Guitar World Magazine

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Langley pipe band leader pleads for return of drums – Surrey Now … – Surrey Now-Leader

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Langley-based pipe band leader is putting out a plea for public help. A drummer in the Grade 1 Simon Fraser University Pipe Band had two snare drums and harnesses stolen from his vehicle in the early morning in Coquitlam on Sunday, June 18. According Jack Lee, the band’s sergeant, the thieves stole other items. The local police are on the lookout, in the unlikely event that the…

Lynyrd Skynyrd Sues Ex-Drummer to Stop Movie About 1977 Plane Crash – NBCNews.com

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd have filed a lawsuit against the Southern rock band’s former drummer to halt the production of a movie depicting the 1977 plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant. Lead guitarist Gary Rossington, Ronnie’s brother and current lead singer Johnny Van Zant, and others contend that “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash,” based on recollections of former drummer Artimus…

Duran Duran Drummer Roger Taylor Joins John Taylor to Help At … – Parade

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Legendary Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor is well aware of the power of music. Along with bassist John Taylor, keyboardist Nick Rhodes and singer Simon Le Bon, Taylor has been a force behind a band that has rocked the music industry for over three decades. So when the band’s manager asked if he wanted to use a short break during their tour to work in-studio with at-risk youth in the…

Lynyrd Skynyrd Are Trying to Stop Former Drummer’s Unauthorized Biopic – Ultimate Classic Rock

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images / MCA Records Lynyrd Skynyrd don’t want their former drummer to complete an unauthorized biopic about the band. Artimus Pyle, who was with Lynyrd Skynyrd during their classic-lineup period in the ’70s, announced plans for a movie that was to be called Free Bird last year. He was met with quick resistance from ex-bandmates and the families of those killed in the group’s 1977 plane crash. Pyle has already…

MBTA police say missing $40000 violin found – The Boston Globe

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It’s a story that tugs at your heart-strings. The MBTA Transit Police on Tuesday sought the public’s help identifying a woman who they said was in possession of a $40,000 violin that didn’t belong to her. Advertisement On Tuesday night, police said in a statement that the violin, which was lost around midnight on June 10 at South Station after its owner accidentally left it behind, had been located. The…

How To Become An Air Guitar Champion – Houston Press

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Two years ago, Houston Press visited the U.S. Air Guitar Championships local qualifier. We were enthralled with the competition’s technical acuity and over-the-top performances. Last year, this writer competed in the event, under the guise of “Guitardo Rivera,” a Latino journalist with a punk rock fetish and a penchant for going bare-chested. I came up empty as Al Capone’s vault, but had a lot of fun. This year, with the…

MBTA police say missing $40,000 violin found – The Boston Globe – The Boston Globe

Posted: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It’s a story that tugs at your heart-strings. The MBTA Transit Police on Tuesday sought the public’s help identifying a woman who they said was in possession of a $40,000 violin that didn’t belong to her. Advertisement On Tuesday night, police said in a statement that the violin, which was lost around midnight on June 10 at South Station after its owner accidentally left it behind, had been located. The…