American portrait master Igor Babailov awarded highest honor by royalty

American portrait master Igor Babailov awarded highest honor by royalty

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Maestro Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA, world-renowned American portrait master who has painted the official portraits of numerous world leaders including three Popes and a saint for the Vatican, patriarch, presidents, prime ministers, noble peace prize laureate, British royalty, celebrities and distinguished individuals, was awarded the historic “Chevalier of […]

World-class soprano warbles way back to Israeli roots

World-class soprano warbles way back to Israeli roots

Chen Reiss will spend part of her summer at the Israeli Opera’s master classes, where students ‘breathe singing and music’ By Jessica Steinberg Chen Reiss, the soprano opera singer who trained in Israel, performs worldwide, and is participating in the summer master class program of the Israeli Opera (Courtesy Chen Reiss) It’s been a whirlwind […]

Taking hula from ancient tradition to 21st century art

Taking hula from ancient tradition to 21st century art

On stage in their grass skirts and colorful shirts, the hula dancers look like a traditional island group. But when the music starts, it’s obvious this performance is anything but traditional. With their stylized, lively movements, the dance seems closer to Broadway than to the ancient dance developed in Hawaii by the Polynesians. But for […]

Major music festival scrapped due to migrant crime worries

Major music festival scrapped due to migrant crime worries

The decision by organizers of a major Swedish musical festival to cancel it next year because of sexual assaults at the event has intensified debates about whether the government has not acted more forcefully to avoid an anti-immigrant backlash. The Bravalla music festival, which has featured famous artists such as Kanye West and Iron Maiden, […]

Oscar-winning composer brings Chinese philosophy to UK

Oscar-winning composer brings Chinese philosophy to UK

Tan Dun, the celebrated Chinese composer and conductor whose original score for the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon won an Oscar, will showcase two of his signature works in London. Tan Dun In collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tan hopes the concert on Tuesday will help to bring ancient Chinese philosophical thoughts […]

Arts school creates exchange

Arts school creates exchange

A Connecticut magnet school for the arts has signed an agreement with Chinese education officials to begin an exchange program, a first for an American public school. The ACES Education Center for the Arts signed the agreement with the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange, an international branch of the Chinese Ministry of Education, on […]

Charise Castro Smith’s “El Huracán” takes top prize in ATC 2017 National Latino Playwriting awards

Charise Castro Smith’s “El Huracán” takes top prize in ATC 2017 National Latino Playwriting awards

By SoAzNewsX El Huracán, Charise Castro Smith’s heartfelt story of capturing love and loss, is the winner of Arizona Theatre Company’s 2017 National Latino Playwriting Award. Smith, a Miami-based playwright whose previous works include Feathers and Teeth and The Hunchback of Seville, will receive the $1,000 top prize. The 2017 runner-up is Benjamin Benne’s q […]

Chuck Berry rocks on from beyond the grave

Chuck Berry rocks on from beyond the grave

Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry has a brand-new album out. Recording was completed just before Berry died last March at the age of 90. Berry is considered as one of the most influential musicians of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and he started recording new songs in his studio in the U.S. state of Missouri soon […]

Arizona Theatre Company names Billy Russo Managing Director

Arizona Theatre Company names Billy Russo Managing Director

By SoAzNewsX The Arizona Theatre Company Board of Trustees has named Billy Russo as full-time Managing Director to complete the executive management team following the announcement that David Ivers will assume responsibilities as Artistic Director beginning July 1. Russo, who has served as Acting Managing Director since 2015, collaborated with current Artistic Director David Ira […]