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Concert pianist, Marian Anderson protege Burton-Lyles dies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Blanche Burton-Lyles, a concert pianist who was mentored by pioneering opera singer Marian Anderson, has died. She was 85. Burton-Lyles died of heart failure Monday at a rehabilitation center, according to Slater Funeral Home in Philadelphia. Burton-Lyles was born and raised in Philadelphia. She learned how to play classical piano at the age of 3. Burton-Lyles was ...

10 Latvian Composers You Should Know

Andris Nelsons, Lev Aronson, Gidon Kremer, Ksenija Sidorova, Mariss Jansons, Kristine Opolais — when we think of classical music in Latvia, most of the names that come to mind are either conductors or musicians. But Latvia also has an abundance of composers whose works you will want to hear. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Latvian independence, here are ten Latvian composers that we think you should know!

Hear Kristin Chenoweth’s Operatic Version of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Theme Song

The Broadway star — who got her start in opera — shared her operatic talents on a recent episode of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' performing her own unique rendition of the theme song to 'Game of Thrones.'

Oliver Sacks-Inspired Concerto, ‘Five Hallucinations,’ Has Windy City World Premiere

Composer Carl Vine and trombonist Michael Mulcahy are both Australians, and both Sydneysiders – Carl by choice, Mick by birth. Though the two had crossed paths occasionally over the year, their first major collaboration takes place over 9,000 miles from Sydney. Mick is the trombone soloist in Five Hallucinations, Carl’s concerto for trombone and orchestra, which has its world première October ...

Listen to a Dramatic Reading of Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili’s Artist Bio To End All Artist Bios

If you’re a music lover, you’ve likely read your fair share of artist biographies in program notes, liner notes, or artist websites. But you’ve never read an artist bio quite like Khatia Buniatishvili’s, which contains choice lines such as, “nothing can be imposed on this young lady of the air whose wing-beats pollinate works and who sprinkles a musical cloud ...