Find Out What Inspired Taylor Swift to Donate $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Find Out What Inspired Taylor Swift to Donate $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Taylor Swift may be the most charitable celebrity of 2015. The 25-year-old songstress is supporting another close cause to her heart and a fellow Grammy award winner, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. The Seattle Times reports that Swift decided to donate a whopping $50,000 to the symphony to go toward its two programs:Link Up—a music-education program for elementary school students—as well as its musicians' pension funds. So what inspired the country-turned-pop star to donate? A performance of John Luther Adams' "Become Ocean," which was commissioned by the Symphony, premiered in 2013 and eventually went on to win a Grammy. Swift wrote a letter to music director Ludovic...
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The Met Is Finally Doing Something With Its Whitney Hand-Me-Down, the Breuer Building

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If you’re wondering what’s going on with the Brutalist hulk of the empty Marcel Breuer building on 75th Street now that the Whitney is firmly established downtown, wonder no longer. The Metropolitan has already started its programming for the new satellite space — but the structure itself is still going to be empty for a while.New York City is as much a soundscape as it is a landscape. There are the traditional noises of the city: sirens, taxis, a halal cart being dragged across a crosswalk. But then there are less expected sounds: the songs of rare birds passing through Central Park, the waves at Rockaway, or an actually tuneful street-side busker. Before it expands to the Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum is inviting visitors to explore the sonic environment between the two spaces in the outdoor space of the city. Soundwalk 9:09, a project by composer John Luther Adams,
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Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)

Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List (So Far)
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards winners have been chosen, and we have the full list of those musicians taking home statues this Sunday, Feb. 8.

Did you favorite artists and/or songs win?

Check out the Full list of winners, below.

Record of the Year: Sam Smith, Stay With Me

Song of the Year: "Stay With Me," Sam Smith

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best R&B Performance: "Drunk in Love," Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Best Rock Album: Beck, Morning Phase

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin for “Bang Bang,” “Break Free,” “Dark Horse,” “Problem,” “Shake It Off,” “Unconditionally”

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Americana Album: Rosanne Cash, The River and the Thread

Best American Roots Song: “A Feather’s Not a Bird
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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Best New Classical Albums of 2014

It was another year full of great classical music. Here are my favorites from 2014, new releases only, no reissues.

1. Magnificat/Philip Cave The Tudors at Prayer (Linn) This superbly programmed and performed album contains eight Latin sacred choral works (specifically motets, mostly votive antiphons and psalm motets) by John Taverner (c.1490-1545), Thomas Tallis (c.1505-1585), William Mundy (c.1529-1591), Robert White (c.1538-1574), and William Byrd (c.1540-1621). Active during the period of greatest religious upheaval in English history, they kept writing richly layered polyphony despite changing fashions (though the later composers listed would also provide chordal English-language anthems as needed). The mightiest work here, Mundy's Vox Patris caelestis, leads off the program. The text, speaking as it does of "flowering vines" and their "heavenly ambrosial scent," practically begs for an elaborate polyphonic setting, and Mundy provided one that is among the most exquisite works of the 16th century.
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John Luther Adams on Composing Music to Blend With Ambient City Noise

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If you happen to be crossing the Lincoln Center campus around 6 p.m. on July 25 or 26, you may pass a group of barefoot singers standing ankle-deep in the reflecting pool. If you don’t just shrug off the sight as another inexplicable oddity of life in New York City, you might look up and notice a formation of woodwind players lined up along the edge of the floating lawn. If your timing is right, you may feel a low B-flat rumbling up from the earth, or sense a rain of brass sounds falling from atop the Vivian Beaumont Theater, or find the string players stationed among the trees; and at that point, it may dawn on you that you have wandered into a deliberate musical event.On a sweltering afternoon, the lanky composer John Luther Adams, is sitting in the shaded grove alongside the Metropolitan Opera, wearing a straw hat
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Davidson on John Luther Adams’s Carnegie Hall Debut

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For most of his life, the composer John Luther Adams has lived, both literally and metaphorically, at the periphery of American concert life. He's made his home on a ridge outside Fairbanks, Alaska, though he has had regular sojourns in a remote Mexican desert. Until yesterday, neither he nor his music had ever entered Carnegie Hall. At 61 (and a newly minted part-time New Yorker), he made his belated entrance (as part of the final Spring for Music festival) with Become Ocean, a magnificently slow-boiling orchestral tone poem that recently won the Pulitzer Prize. Adams is an inland creature, but maybe because the Seattle Symphony Orchestra commissioned and performed the work, he has produced a kind of tidal music that I have never heard before. There are familiar glints — the timeless rumble of the Rhine that opens Wagner’s Das Rheingold, the sunlit undulations of Debussy’s La Mer (with which
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Pulitzer Prize Winners

Congratulations to this year's Pulitzer Prize winners. 

Fiction - "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt

Drama - "The Flick" by Annie Baker

History - "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor 

Biography - "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall

Poetry - "3 Sections" by Vijay Seshadri

General Nonfiction - "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" by Dan Fagin

Music - "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams

Have any of you read or listened to any of these? I'm intrigued by the description of the Drama winner "The Flick" since it's film related:

The Flick, a still from the Playwright Horizons production last year

a thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage.

Many Pulitzer Prize winning plays end up as movies eventually. You can see past winners
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Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch Wins the Fiction Pulitzer

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Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch Wins the Fiction Pulitzer
Donna Tartt’s much anticipated and then much acclaimed novel The Goldfinch has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Annie Baker's The Flick won the drama prize, Alan Taylor's The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 won the history prize, Megan Marshall's Margaret Fuller: A New American Life won the biography/autobiography prize, Vijay Seshadr's 3 Sections won the poetry prize, Don Fagin's Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation won the general nonfiction prize, and John Luther Adams's Become Ocean the music prize.
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Park Avenue Armory Announces First Full Season of Artistic Programming

Park Avenue Armory announced its first full season of cultural programming, comprising productions of visual art, dance, theater and music that are conceived and performed outside the box of conventional theaters and museums. Dedicated to presenting works that cannot be realized in traditional institutions, Park Avenue Armory's season will include monumental, immersive installations by visual artists Peter Greenaway and Ryoji Ikeda Tune-In, a contemporary music festival featuring new music ensembles curated by and including eighth blackbird, the New York premier of Inuksuit by John Luther Adams and a new site-specific commission by Sympho a six-week residency by the Royal Shakespeare Company in a full-scale Shakespearean theater built inside the Drill Hall and free-form performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts, Streb, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. With its soaring 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall and array of dramatic period rooms, the Armory's unique spaces enable artists to create-and the public
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