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German choirs go quiet as singing branded virus risk

When the Berlin Cathedral Choir gathered for a rehearsal on March 9, the new coronavirus was still a distant concern, with fewer than 50 confirmed cases in the German capital.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/28 17:33:40

'Kind of Blue' jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb dies: US media

Jimmy Cobb, the drummer on Miles Davis's 1959 jazz classic Kind of Blue - revered by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time - has passed away aged 91, US media reported on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/27 16:13:41

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli says he had contracted coronavirus

Renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli said Tuesday he had caught the novel coronavirus but was now recovered, describing the experience as "a nightmare."
Source: AFP | 2020/5/27 16:08:40

China's top tenor recovers from COVID-19, says virus attacked lungs, but singing unaffected

After recovering from COVID-19, renowned Chinese tenor Warren Mok said he is more confident than ever that humanity will beat the virus and called on the government to ease the 14-day quarantine restrictions for those traveling between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/20 16:28:40

Vienna Philharmonic says no increased virus risk for orchestras

Vienna's prestigious Philharmonic Orchestra said Monday that a study into how far musicians' breath travels when playing instruments showed they faced no added risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus when performing.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/19 17:58:40

Nature isn't homophobic, so why are humans?

Amid International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), the Beijing Queer Chorus performed a song about a romantic relationship between two male giraffes on Sunday. The goal was to show how sexual diversity is included in nature and to provoke thought: if nature can respect sexual preferences, then why can't humans do the same?
Source: | 2020/5/18 1:55:49

In pandemic times, musicians turn to virtual worlds

With concerts on hold to halt coronavirus spread, the gaming world is increasingly catering to music lovers, with artists becoming animated performers in virtual realms to the trippy delight of millions.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/14 17:48:40

NY's Broadway to remain closed until at least early September

New York's beloved Broadway theaters will not reopen until at least early September, its trade association announced Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/13 18:38:42

Former EXO member Huang Zitao slams Trump over 'Ask China' response

Donald Trump's "Ask China" response to an Asian-American journalist from CBS shocked not only those attending the White House press briefing, but also people thousands miles away in China, leading popular Chinese singer Huang Zitao to take to social media to slam the US president.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/13 14:42:55

'CHUANG 2020' a hit after opening with a 7.1/10 on Douban

Chinese reality show Chuang 2020 has become a hit since its debut on May 2. The show opened with a 7.1/10 on Chinese media review site Douban as well as kicked off a number of trending topics about the show on social media.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/11 14:14:38

China's cultural industry takes first steps toward resumption of normal life

After closing for 110 days, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra finally performed in front of a live audience in its home theater in Shanghai on Friday. The long-awaited live performance was held on the same day that cinemas and theaters were allowed to reopen in the Chinese mainland.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/10 17:43:40

Skopje artists pierce humdrum of confinement

Before kicking off a recent rock show in Skopje, the leader of the band Funk Shui did something he had never done before: apologize for the noise the group was about to make.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/10 16:53:40

Religion's hold on Little Richard, rock's sex-amped founder

A ferocious pianist with a madcap rubberband of a voice and bombastic stage personality, Little Richard, who died on Saturday at 87, will go down in history as a key architect behind years of rock's music world dominance.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/10 16:23:40

Florian Schneider, co-founder of Germany's iconic Kraftwerk, dead at 73

Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider, co-founder of the pioneering electronic music group that re-wired the future of pop, has died, the group's management said Wednesday. He was 73 years old.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/7 16:03:40

Spirits high on Chinese social media as millions watch China's version of 'One World: Together at Home' COVID-19 relief concert

Millions of Chinese people on Monday night watched the live broadcast of China's mega coronavirus relief concert "Believe in the Future," featuring a great many of China's top musicians such as Wang Fei, William Chan, Wang Junkai, Li Ronghao and G.E.M.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/5 16:53:17

Chinese orchestra performs online in bid to bring classical music to more people in China

A series of online symphony concerts that combine music with China's precious historical relics are being held in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, to delight the ears and eyes of audiences from all over the country.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/28 17:56:58

Chinese-Canadian singer Kris Wu releases hit EP 'Testing'

Former member of South Korean boyband EXO, Chinese-Canadian singer Kris Wu, released his new EP Testing on Wednesday. It became an instant hit with the hashtag for the EP earning 210 million views and 232,000 posts on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/22 16:28:23

12-hour-long 'One World' online classical music concert to debut in China on Earth Day

The dean of the Shanghai Opera House Chen Zhong will launch a 12-hour-long online classical music concert featuring nearly 100 musicians and famous orchestras from more than 10 countries and regions on Earth Day, which will be held on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/21 18:28:40