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    Carnegie Hall’s Contemporary Music Master Will Go to Berkeley


    Jeremy Geffen, part of Carnegie’s artistic planning team for 12 years, will lead Cal Performances at the University of California,...

    Jeremy Geffen, part of Carnegie’s artistic planning team for 12 years, will lead Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Theo Adam, Acclaimed in Wagner Operas, Is Dead at 92

    Theo Adam, Acclaimed in Wagner Operas, Is Dead at 92


    Theo Adam as Wotan in Wagner’s “Die Walküre” at the Metropolitan Opera in 1969. He made a strong impression internationally with his Wagnerian...

    A German bass-baritone who was called one of the 20th century’s most important interpreters of his countryman. He was also prized for his acting.
    Carol Channing Dies at 97; a Larger-Than-Life Broadway Star

    Carol Channing Dies at 97; a Larger-Than-Life Broadway Star


    The caricaturist Al Hirschfeld drew Carol Channing as the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” in 1964. The critic Walter Kerr called her “maybe the only creature extant who can live up to a...

    Her performances as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” made her a Broadway legend.
    Alan R. Pearlman, Synthesizer Pioneer, Dies at 93

    Alan R. Pearlman, Synthesizer Pioneer, Dies at 93


    Alan R. Pearlman with an ARP 2600 synthesizer in 2013. He founded ARP Instruments in 1969, and within a few years it became the leading synthesizer...

    Mr. Pearlman’s ARP synthesizers were once ubiquitous in pop and electronic music. By the mid-1970s, they commanded 40 percent of the market.
    The Met Opera Has a Gay Conductor. Yes, That Matters.

    The Met Opera Has a Gay Conductor. Yes, That Matters.


    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the new music director of the Metropolitan Opera, left, and his partner, the violist Pierre Tourville, at the gay bar...

    Openly gay performing arts leaders are still rare. So it was a breath of fresh air to chat about coming out and Celine Dion with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his partner.

    What if You Could Literally Talk to The New York Times?


    Dan Sanchez, editorial lead for our new voice initiative — which enables you to “hear the news,” straight from Times journalists, via Alexa — answers questions about what that conversation could be...

    Dan Sanchez, editorial lead for our new voice initiative — which enables you to “hear the news,” straight from Times journalists, via Alexa — answers questions about what that conversation could be like.
    Clydie King, Top-Tier Backup Singer on Big Hits, Is Dead at 75

    Clydie King, Top-Tier Backup Singer on Big Hits, Is Dead at 75


    Ms. King sang on hits by the Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt and even Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bob Dylan called her his “ultimate singing...

    Ms. King sang on hits by the Rolling Stones, Linda Ronstadt and even Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bob Dylan called her his “ultimate singing partner.”
    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Reaches No. 1 With a Dubious Distinction

    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Reaches No. 1 With a Dubious Distinction


    A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart with 823 in sales and 83 million...

    The New York rapper’s “Hoodie SZN” set a record — for the lowest number of copies sold the week it reached the top of the chart.
    Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi Will Play Super Bowl Halftime

    Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi Will Play Super Bowl Halftime


    The rapper Travis Scott performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. He will appear at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3 with the rapper Big Boi and the headlining band, Maroon...

    The N.F.L. officially released the lineup as Scott announced a $500,000 donation to the social justice group Dream Corps to head off criticism.
    Why It Could Be Hard to Mute R. Kelly

    Why It Could Be Hard to Mute R. Kelly


    Prosecutors in two states are gathering information on R. Kelly, but bringing a case against him could be...

    Many people have called for repercussions against the R&B star following a documentary about his treatment of women, but legal and commercial hurdles stand in the way.

    Popcast: Bad Bunny Is Just Getting Started


    His was the defining voice of 2018. What’s next for this Puerto Rican new-pop...

    His was the defining voice of 2018. What’s next for this Puerto Rican new-pop superstar?
    Joseph Jarman, 81, Dies; Mainstay of the Art Ensemble of Chicago

    Joseph Jarman, 81, Dies; Mainstay of the Art Ensemble of Chicago


    Joseph Jarman in 1978. He was a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, an avant-garde jazz group, from the late 1960s until the early 1990s and then again a decade...

    Mr. Jarman, who played numerous reed and woodwind instruments, drew inspiration not only from jazz and blues but also from world music, ritual and folklore.
    Anthony Braxton Composes Together Past, Present and Future

    Anthony Braxton Composes Together Past, Present and Future


    Anthony Braxton has spent much of the last four years on “Trillium L,” his newest opera. He does not know if it will ever be performed. But he is determined to finish...

    The eminence of improvisation and contemporary composition is finishing a five-day opera, and preparing for the release of a new 12-album set.
    7 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

    7 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend


    Isabel Leonard and Paul Appleby lead the cast of “Pelléas et Mélisande,” which starts on Tuesday night at the Metropolitan...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
    Review: ‘Dear Erich’ Combines Opera, Jazz and the Holocaust

    Review: ‘Dear Erich’ Combines Opera, Jazz and the Holocaust


    From left: Susanne Burgess, Peter Kendall Clark and Glenn Seven Allen in “Dear Erich,” a jazz opera by Ted...

    Ted Rosenthal’s work, presented by New York City Opera and the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, has some compelling elements but an uneven score.
    Review: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days

    Review: ‘Aida’ Gives a Taste of the Met Opera’s Bad Old Days


    Roberto Frontali as Amonasro, left, and Kristin Lewis in the title role of in Verdi’s “Aida” at the Metropolitan...

    It speaks to the high quality of the Met these days that stumbling performances like “Aida” this week are rare. “Carmen” also returned to the stage.
    It’s a Sex-Positive Party, Not a Play

    It’s a Sex-Positive Party, Not a Play


    Diana Oh at the Infinite Love...

    At Bushwick Starr, Diana Oh and her team of “super queero heart questers” welcome guests to a night of dance-filled revelry. (Yes, there’s a sleepover option.)
    The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Rat Boy’s Punk Rock

    The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Rat Boy’s Punk Rock


    Jordan Cardy, a 22-year-old English musician who records as Rat Boy, writes songs that combine 1970s punk, 1990s hip-hop and 2000s...

    The 22-year-old English musician Jordan Cardy sends up authority and celebrates slackerdom in songs that combine the energy of punk with the storytelling of hip-hop.
    10 Artists to Watch in 2019

    10 Artists to Watch in 2019


    Our pop music critics are keeping an eye on Billie Eilish, Nakhane and Nicola Cruz this...

    From Billie Eilish’s quiet storms to Lil Tjay’s sweetly sung raps to Nakhane’s tenacious hybrid pop, hear who’s coming up next.