"Suffering under the weight of the recession and years of operating losses, the Everett Symphony announced Tuesday it is canceling the rest of its season after a Friday concert, and moving out of its rehearsal hall and administrative offices in downtown Everett."
"A leading technology company is set to launch a new digital music file format that will embed additional content for fans including lyrics, news updates and images in what could be a successor to the ubiquitous MP3 file."
"Formal composition vs. spontaneous creativity is the prevailing theme at a series of experimental jazz performances called Is That Jazz? Seattle's Avant Jazz Music Festival.
The festival convenes Friday night with two performances at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford by the Sunship quintet and the Sun Ra Tribute Band, named for the jazz composer, pianist and philosopher who helped pioneer free jazz in the 1950s and '60s. The event continues Saturday night with performances by esteemed clarinetist Bill Smith's trio and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes' big band, called Threat of Beauty."
"Opera at the movies is a surprise new business. In 2006, when the Metropolitan Opera announced its plans to show operas live in movie theaters, skeptics wondered who would actually pay to go. Plenty of people, as it turned out. The Met program has grown exponentially: For its fourth HD season, the company is transmitting nine operas live and attracting sell-out crowds in over 900 theaters around the world."
"'Abandon,' a video game designed by a group of MIT students and set in a mysterious, surrealistic world of traffic cones, toasters, bookcases, and other vaguely menacing objects, may never make it to game stores or home consoles. But it will have at least one feature found on most commercially marketed video games: an original soundtrack, professionally composed and painstakingly synched to the game’s play features and story line."
"When a pinch hitter comes out of the dugout, an announcer intones his name over the public-address system. When an understudy fills in for a Broadway actor, inserts in the program say who it is. A waiter even tells you what’s on special.
Don’t ask the New York Philharmonic to be so forthcoming."
"Is the Seattle Symphony moving toward a strike? It’s certainly not showing much movement toward a settlement, and as of Jan. 1, the players are operating without a contract. Even though they now could, both sides seem understandably reluctant to move to a lockout or a strike — at least for now. This week, for the first time, some details of the negotiations emerged, though management is still staying mum. The sides appear to have remained far apart for months."
"The cold couldn't keep them away from the "King."
Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans braved frigid, snowy weather to celebrate the late rock'n'roll legend's 75th birthday on Friday at his Graceland shrine, part of a marketing machine that generates $50 million a year."
"Digital revolution. It was the catchphrase of the 2000s, and it affected classical music as much as any other medium. Downloads brought the classical recording industry to its knees and rendered the standard format of the $25 CD an endangered species by decade's end. But downloads also led to a wider consumption of classical music."
"'Perry was completely dedicated to opera,' said Speight Jenkins, director of the Seattle Opera, who hired Mr. Lorenzo as education director 17 years ago. 'He was a speaker who could affect and connect with absolutely anyone.' Mr. Lorenzo, 51, died Saturday (Dec. 19) after a seven-month battle with lung cancer."