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As the curtain came down on musical School of Rock in Shanghai on Sunday after 29 performances, Kempton Maloney, the 10-year-old Australian drummer in the play, has become hugely popular in China.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/20 18:23:41

China to take part in upcoming Liszt Ferenc International Youth Classic Music Week in Hungary

The 2019 Liszt Ferenc International Youth Classic Music Week will take place in Pécs, Hungary, August 7-12, representatives of the organizing committee announced on Friday in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/19 18:18:41

Casa Verdi retirement community provides home for aging musicians

Nearly 120 years after Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi called it his "most beautiful work," aging musicians still play out their days at his Casa Verdi retirement home.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/19 17:43:40

Japan's AKB48 girl group model fails to make a big splash in China

Rarely has a pop idol group had such overwhelming influence over the past decade than Japan's AKB48. Established in 2005, the female idol group was and still remains a major phenomenon in Japan and throughout the rest of Asia.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/19 17:43:40

Clean-cut K-pop embroiled in S.Korean sex scandal

With wholesome looks and increasingly global fan bases, K-pop has sold its stars as the ultimate squeaky clean pin-ups. But a burgeoning sex scandal in the industry shows how pervasive discrimination and abuse are in South Korean society, activists say.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/14 17:43:40

Chinese version of Italian opera 'Un Ballo In Maschera' coming to the stage in Beijing

A Chinese production of Italian tragedy Un Ballo In Maschera will hit the stage of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) from April 10 to 14.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/13 17:33:40

New evidence in R. Kelly sex abuse case

One of the lawyers representing women who claim they were abused by R&B star R. Kelly said on Sunday a new video tape had emerged which showed the singer "sexually abusing children."
Source: AFP | 2019/3/12 18:18:40

Prodigy star Flint died from hanging: inquest

Keith Flint, the frontman of British rave icons The Prodigy, died as a result of hanging, an inquest heard on Monday
Source: AFP | 2019/3/12 18:13:40

K-Pop star Seungri's retirement amid sex scandal sparks online discussion in China

Seungri, K-Pop star and now former member of boy band Big Bang, announced in an Instagram post on Monday that he was retiring from music. The announcement came after the star was charged with violating South Korea's anti-prostitution laws.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/12 18:08:41

Chicago Symphony Orchestra members go on strike

Members of the renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra went on strike on Monday after 11 months of labor negotiations failed to reach an agreement.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/12 17:53:39

Legendary drummer Hal Blaine passes away at age 90

Hal Blaine, the acclaimed drummer who played on dozens of chart-toppers for artists including Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys, died on Monday. He was 90 years old.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/12 17:48:42

Young Chinese artists to premiere ensemble inspired by traditional 'qipao'

Four young Chinese artists are to premiere a new and unique ensemble work inspired by qipao, the traditional Chinese one-piece, figure-fitting dress for women, on Tuesday in New York.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/10 17:28:40

British cellist gives voice to composers' muses

Music is riddled with stories of tempestuous affairs and unrequited love. In a concert series, virtuoso British cellist Steven Isserlis is exploring the influence of love on music by contrasting three familiar pieces by male composers with lesser known ones by their traditionally underrepresented female muses.
Source: AFP | 2019/3/10 17:23:39

Chinese musicians to present US debut of pipa, cello concerto in NY

A series of concerto concerts featuring Chinese cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and pipa virtuoso Wu Man is currently underway in New York March 6-9, marking the US premiere of Chinese composer Zhao Lin's A Happy Excursion, a concerto for cello, orchestra and the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/7 19:03:42

Australian violinists go viral with video throwing shade at Chinese actress and actor's 'fake' performance

Two Chinese-Australian violinists, Brett Yang and Eddy Chen, have gone viral in China after posting a video on Chinese social media taking aim at a musical performance by two Chinese celebrities that they say may have been faked.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 18:13:41

Popular idol group Rocket Girls 101 to perform NBA halftime show

Chinese idol girls group Rocket Girls 101 will perform a halftime show at the NBA team Houston Rockets' Toyota Center stadium later this year. Both Rocket Girls 101 and the Houston Rockets have a large number of fans in China so the news quickly became a hit on social media after it was released.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/6 18:13:40

Conference on Chinese music education to be held in New York

Educators and performers from the US, Canada and Europe will gather in New York next week for a two-day conference on the developments and challenges of teaching Chinese music in the West.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/3/5 18:38:40

Portuguese Ambassador to China, Jose Augusto Duarte emphasizes 'dialogues' over cultural exchanges

As the first tune from Portuguese musician Pedro Joia's guitar drifted out of the Forbidden City on Monday night, the audience was transported across the world to far away Portugal. Afterward, it was then Chinese musician Duan Chao's turn to bring them back to the imperial palace with the sound of her erhu, a traditional two-stringed instrument.
Source: Global Times | 2019/3/4 18:28:40