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    15 Pop Music Festivals to Catch This Summer

    15 Pop Music Festivals to Catch This Summer


    The Roots performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, which returns in August. The group’s own festival, the Roots Picnic, takes place in...

    From SZA in New York to Post Malone in Chicago, concerts across the country you don’t want to miss this season.
    Met Opera Accuses James Levine of Decades of Sexual Misconduct

    Met Opera Accuses James Levine of Decades of Sexual Misconduct


    James Levine, then the music director of the Metropolitan Opera, and Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, at a news conference in...

    A lawsuit filed on Friday details previously unreported accusations of harassment and abuse against Mr. Levine, the Met’s longtime conductor.
    New Whitney Houston Doc Features a Family Chorus

    New Whitney Houston Doc Features a Family Chorus


    Whitney Houston boards a plane to the Super Bowl in 1991 where she performed the Star Spangled Banner in a still from the film “Whitney,” directed by Kevin...

    New revelations of childhood molestation, but the same old song from Clive Davis.
    Popcast: ‘Girls’ Gone Wrong: Who Gets to Make a Gay Love Song?

    Popcast: ‘Girls’ Gone Wrong: Who Gets to Make a Gay Love Song?


    Rita Ora’s latest song, “Girls,” was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality. Its critics say its lyrics played into the male gaze and marginalized gay...

    The Rita Ora track was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality, but struck a sour note with critics who found its lyrics problematic.
    Review: Yuja Wang Plays Dazed Chaos, Then 7 Encores

    Review: Yuja Wang Plays Dazed Chaos, Then 7 Encores


    Yuja Wang charting wholly dark, private emotions at Carnegie Hall on...

    The star pianist’s recital of works by Rachmaninoff, Ligeti and Prokofiev at Carnegie Hall made the vast space seem unnervingly empty and lonely.
    Review: Paul Simon, Still Evolving, Is Saying Goodbye

    Review: Paul Simon, Still Evolving, Is Saying Goodbye


    Paul Simon kicked off “Homeward Bound — the Farewell Tour” in Vancouver, British...

    Mr. Simon and 16 musicians balanced grooves, hits, hope and darkness on the first night of “Homeward Bound — the Farewell Tour.”
    Review: Semyon Bychkov Makes the Philharmonic an Event

    Review: Semyon Bychkov Makes the Philharmonic an Event


    Semyon Bychkov conducting the New York Philharmonic at David Geffen Hall on...

    The Russian-born conductor began a two-week stint with a program featuring Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, in a performance joyful for its own sake.
    15 Classical Music Festivals to See This Summer

    15 Classical Music Festivals to See This Summer


    Louis Langrée conducting the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, which returns to Lincoln Center in...

    From Bernstein centennials at Tanglewood to Mahler in the desert, events across the county you don’t want to miss this season.
    5 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

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


    Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla (center) will conduct the Metropolitan Opera’s orchestra on Friday night at Carnegie...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
    How Bombino Became the Sultan of Shred

    How Bombino Became the Sultan of Shred


    The guitarist Bombino, a master of North African desert blues, is releasing his sixth album,...

    The guitarist from Niger is known for opening ears and minds with his virtuosic desert blues. For his new album, “Deran,” he returned to Africa.
    Lara Saint Paul, Italian Singer and Aerobics Promoter, Dies at 73

    Lara Saint Paul, Italian Singer and Aerobics Promoter, Dies at 73


    The Italian singer and producer Lara Saint Paul in Milan in 1968, the year she sang a duet with Louis Armstrong at the Sanremo Music...

    Born in Eritrea and raised in Italy, she sang with Louis Armstrong and other American idols and, inspired by Jane Fonda, kindled a fitness craze.
    An Indie-Rock Star at 18? Snail Mail Is Figuring It Out

    An Indie-Rock Star at 18? Snail Mail Is Figuring It Out


    Lindsey Jordan writes astute, emotional indie-rock songs that imply a lifetime of wisdom beyond her 18 years. Her debut album for Matador Records, “Lush,” is due in...

    The singer and guitarist Lindsey Jordan has a high school diploma, an emotional intelligence well beyond her years and a chance to push herself out on a bigger stage.
    A ‘Mile-Long Opera’ Is Coming to the High Line

    A ‘Mile-Long Opera’ Is Coming to the High Line


    The composer David Lang, who is at work on “The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock,” a new choral work for the High...

    “The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock,” David Lang’s latest large-scale work, will feature 1,000 performers from around New York City.
    City Center’s 75th Anniversary: ‘A Chorus Line,’ Balanchine and Broadway

    City Center’s 75th Anniversary: ‘A Chorus Line,’ Balanchine and Broadway


    A 1950 photo of George Balanchine, whose work for New York City Ballet’s earliest years will be celebrated with a series of performances at New York City Center this...

    The performing arts center plans to assemble some of the world’s top ballet companies and performers for its ambitious 2018-19 season.
    Remembering Glenn Branca: Hear 10 of His Essential Works

    Remembering Glenn Branca: Hear 10 of His Essential Works


    Glenn Branca died this week at 69. The musician and composer spent decades shaping the worlds of avant-garde rock and contemporary classical...

    The musician and composer, who died this week at 69, spent decades helping shape the worlds of avant-garde rock and contemporary classical music.
    Charlie Puth Got Famous. Then He Got Good.

    Charlie Puth Got Famous. Then He Got Good.


    The 26-year-old singer and songwriter Charlie Puth rocketed to fame with the 2015 Wiz Khalifa collaboration “See You Again.” His new album, “Voicenotes,” pushes him in different...

    Fame almost ate this 26-year-old pop singer and songwriter alive. Now he’s made one of the year’s best pop albums, “Voicenotes.”
    Glenn Branca, Composer Who Blended Genres, Loudly, Dies at 69

    Glenn Branca, Composer Who Blended Genres, Loudly, Dies at 69


    The guitarist and composer Glenn Branca in performance at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1988. His music was a hybrid of...

    One fellow composer said Mr. Branca, who often wrote for massed amplified guitars, was among the few “who put a clearly defined stamp on their music.”
    For Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize

    For Birgit Nilsson’s 100th, New Releases and a $1 Million Prize


    Two Swedish dramatic sopranos — Birgit Nilsson, who died in 2005, and Nina Stemme, who has won a prize Nilsson endowed — in...

    The centennial of the great Swedish soprano is being marked with boxed sets, a book, a documentary and an award for the dramatic soprano Nina Stemme.
    A New ‘Horror Opera’ Opens Miller Theater’s Next Season

    A New ‘Horror Opera’ Opens Miller Theater’s Next Season


    Michael Slattery in Missy Mazzoli’s bitter opera “Proving Up,” which will open the 30th-anniversary season at the Miller Theater in New...

    Focusing on a new generation of composers, the Miller will begin with Missy Mazzoli’s “Proving Up,” about homesteaders in post-Civil War Nebraska.
    Review: Chiara Quartet Says Farewell on a High Note

    Review: Chiara Quartet Says Farewell on a High Note


    The Chiara String Quartet performing its farewell concert on Saturday, from left: Rebecca Fischer, Hyeyung Yoon, Gregory Beaver and Jonah...

    After 18 years of existence, the group went out at the top of its game with a concert on Saturday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.