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    Bill Collings, Maker of Sought-After Guitars, Dies at 68

    Bill Collings, Maker of Sought-After Guitars, Dies at 68


    Bill Collings, left, and the singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett. “His guitars have personality,” Mr. Lovett...

    Mr. Collings’s company made guitars for Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Joni Mitchell, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Bill Frisell and Emmylou Harris.
    Classical Music in NYC This Week

    Classical Music in NYC This Week


    Leon Botstein will conduct the American Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Dvorak opera “Dimitrij” at Bard College; see listing...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
    Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

    Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week


    Solange at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark last month. On Friday she will play the main stage of the Panorama music festival on Randalls Island; see listing...

    Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.
    Character Study: A Couple of Punks Who Just Won’t Quit

    Character Study: A Couple of Punks Who Just Won’t Quit


    Dennis Anderson and Lois Kahlert at home in Long Island, surrounded by memorabilia from many of the bands they have “parented” over 40...

    They are known in punk rock circles as simply Dennis and Lois, two superfans who are still going to concerts and shows, and bonding with the bands.
    Quincy Jones Wins Suit Against Michael Jackson’s Estate

    Quincy Jones Wins Suit Against Michael Jackson’s Estate


    Quincy Jones, left, and Michael Jackson join David Geffen at a party in Los Angeles in...

    A jury awarded the producer $9.4 million, finding he was owed royalties for the use of music in the film “This Is It” and two Cirque du Soleil shows.
    Esperanza Spalding Will Record ‘Exposure’ in Front of the World

    Esperanza Spalding Will Record ‘Exposure’ in Front of the World


    Esperanza Spalding, who is making her sixth record during a marathon writing and recording session that she will stream live...

    Ms. Spalding, a singer and bassist, is making her sixth record during a marathon 77-hour writing and recording session that she will stream live online.
    Review: A Youthful Experiment Kicks Off Mostly Mozart

    Review: A Youthful Experiment Kicks Off Mostly Mozart


    Members of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City singing in the aisles of David Geffen Hall for the opening night of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart...

    For its opening night, the Mostly Mozart festival offered a program of symphony and song featuring the Young People’s Chorus of New York.
    Nate Smith Brings ‘Kinfolk’ to Jazz Standard

    Nate Smith Brings ‘Kinfolk’ to Jazz Standard


    The drummer Nate Smith and his band will be playing at Jazz...

    The drummer expands on his recent release, “Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere,” which combines intricate percussion with oral history.
    Mostly Mozart Festival: So Percussion and Ksenija Perform

    Mostly Mozart Festival: So Percussion and Ksenija Perform


    So Percussion will join A Little Night Music, a series at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan...

    A Little Night Music, the popular series of late-night, hourlong programs, returns to the elegant and intimate Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center.
    Dr. G. Yunupingu, Australian Aboriginal Singer, Dies at 46

    Dr. G. Yunupingu, Australian Aboriginal Singer, Dies at 46


    Dr. G. Yunupingu, as he is now known in the local news media, performing in 2015. His given names and images of his face were largely absent from local coverage of his death, in keeping with Aboriginal custom in northern...

    The blind, largely self-taught musician produced the best-selling Indigenous album in Australian history and played in concert halls around the world.
    Maestros of the Concert Merchandise Movement

    Maestros of the Concert Merchandise Movement


    Merchandise for the Weeknd is displayed in the showroom at the offices of Bravado, the division at Universal Music Group that works with entertainers to design, manufacture and distribute branded...

    Two companies are in a race to corner the market on T-shirts branded with celebrities of the moment, such as the Weeknd, Lady Gaga and ASAP Rocky.
    An Allen Toussaint Tribute by New Orleans’s Modern-Day All-Stars

    An Allen Toussaint Tribute by New Orleans’s Modern-Day All-Stars


    Allen Toussaint at the Beacon Theater in New York in 1974. The new album “With You in Mind” celebrates his musical...

    Just days before the drummer Stanton Moore was set to make a new album, he heard that Toussaint had died. The recording sessions turned into a celebration of Toussaint’s music.
    A ‘Gay Jewish Kangaroo’ Takes on Wagner at Bayreuth

    A ‘Gay Jewish Kangaroo’ Takes on Wagner at Bayreuth


    Barrie Kosky backstage at the Komische Oper in...

    Barrie Kosky banned Wagner from his opera house. Now he’s confronting his most nationalistic work — as the first Jewish director in the Bayreuth Festival’s 141-year history.
    World Music Institute Expands for Next Concert Season

    World Music Institute Expands for Next Concert Season


    Seun Kuti, at FYF Fest 2017 in Los Angeles on Saturday. Mr. Kuti, the son of Fela Kuti, is to lead the band Egypt 80 at Brooklyn Bowl on Sept....

    John Zorn, Tanya Tagaq and Black Coffee will be among the musicians performing for this nonprofit organization’s season.
    Around the World With Music

    Around the World With Music


    The U.S. a cappella quintet Pentatonix performing a salute to the Bee Gees in Los Angeles in February. They will be at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois in August. According to their website, they have sold over six million albums in the U.S. and have...

    A guide to music festivals and performances in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and beyond.
    An Advocate for Classical Music and Women

    An Advocate for Classical Music and Women


    Gillian Moore, the music director of London’s Southbank Center, a major global multivenue arts center. Promoting contemporary classical music is a priority for her, and she says of the genre, “I love being around composers and working with them, and...

    Gillian Moore, the director of music at the Southbank Center in London, focuses on what is closest to her heart.
    Monteverdi Set Human Emotion to Music

    Monteverdi Set Human Emotion to Music


    Kangmin Justin Kim sings the role of Nero and Hana Blazikova, his mistress, in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” at La Fenice in...

    It’s the 450th anniversary of the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, the composer who brought human emotions into music.
    Cheap Tickets Are the Best Tickets at the Proms

    Cheap Tickets Are the Best Tickets at the Proms


    The soprano Renée Fleming will appear at the Proms, a two-month classical music festival at the Royal Albert Hall in...

    The crowds and fervor make one of the world’s largest classical musics festival feel like a pop festival.
    Review: U.S. Youth Orchestra Inspires a Chinese Counterpart

    Review: U.S. Youth Orchestra Inspires a Chinese Counterpart


    The conductor Marin Alsop leading the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America in a program that included a short John Adams work and a premiere by Gabriela Lena Frank at Carnegie Hall on...

    Carnegie Hall hosted back-to-back performances from American and Chinese ensembles.
    Beyoncé Statue at Madame Tussauds Is ‘Adjusted’ After Criticism

    Beyoncé Statue at Madame Tussauds Is ‘Adjusted’ After Criticism


    The wax figure of Beyoncé at the Midtown Manhattan location of Madame Tussauds. Left, before the styling and lighting were adjusted, and, right, after they were...

    The statue was denounced on social media because it seemed to whitewash the pop star. On Friday, a new version was on display in Manhattan.
    Review: Revisiting a Throbbing Classic of Electronic Music

    Review: Revisiting a Throbbing Classic of Electronic Music


    Morton Subotnick performing “Silver Apples of the Moon” at the Lincoln Center...

    The Lincoln Center Festival presented a transformed live-performance version of Morton Subotnick’s classic 1967 recording, “Silver Apples of the Moon.”
    In Europe, Opera Takes On Our Time

    In Europe, Opera Takes On Our Time


    From left, Julia Bullock, Andrew Watts and Paul Appleby in Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” at the Aix Festival in...

    A tour of savage, skeptical productions in France, Germany and Switzerland shows a range of artists dissatisfied with the state of the world.
    Popcast: Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless

    Popcast: Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless


    Jay-Z, who heralded the arrival of Tidal in 2015, has become one of the most high-profiles faces in the music-streaming...

    Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately. A panel discussion, on Popcast.
    Detroit House Music Takes a Swaggering Step Out of the Darkness

    Detroit House Music Takes a Swaggering Step Out of the Darkness


    The D.J. and producer Theo Parrish is a cornerstone of the hardy and prolific Detroit house music...

    A daytime lineup of producers and D.J.s is coming to the Panorama Festival on Randalls Island, giving an influential music scene a chance to shine.
    China Bars Justin Bieber From Performing Over ‘Bad Behavior’

    China Bars Justin Bieber From Performing Over ‘Bad Behavior’


    Justin Bieber performing in New York in 2016. The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture called him “gifted” but also...

    In a statement about the pop singer, who has made headlines in the past, the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture said, “It is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”