Despite Covid hurdles, US orchestras find joy in music
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) rehearses for a show as the musicians resume live performances while navigating a maelstrom of Covid-19 rules. At the start of 2020, the NSO was planning its first international tour with conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic forced the ensemble out of the concert hall at the Kennedy Center in the US capital for 18 months. "I enjoy the present," Noseda says. "I am here and now is fantastic, it’s a gift for me to be here."news.yahoo.com
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy begins donating 5% of royalties to social justice causes
In a statement after the killing of George Floyd last summer, Tweedy wrote, "The modern music industry is built almost entirely on Black art. The wealth that rightfully belonged to Black artists was stolen outright." There need to be more Black artists, more Black women artists, who are headlining and on the main stages of festivals." Tweedy has been deeply influenced by Black artists, like his fellow Chicagoan Mavis Staples, for whom he's produced three albums. Tweedy's publishing company, BMI, told CBS News it has received a small number of requests to direct royalties like Tweedy has done.cbsnews.com
New this week: Spike Lee flick, 'Artemis Fowl,' Norah Jones
This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors in a scene from the Spike Lee film "Da 5 Bloods." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIESDa 5 Bloods: Its always the right time for a Spike Lee joint and thankfully Netflix has his latest ready to debut Friday. AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONGabrielle Union, engaged in a battle with NBC over her firing from Americas Got Talent, is firmly in control on L.A.s Finest, the drama she produces and stars in with Jessica Alba. Also back are closeted man of the cloth Leonard (Al Weaver) and Tessa-Peake Jones as an indispensable if stern housekeeper.