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President Barack Obama has named composer Stephen Sondheim one of the 19 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to be presented at The White House on November 24. "I look forward to presenting these 19 bold, inspiring Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor," says President Obama. "From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, November 10, 2014|0 comments
The new album by The New Basement Tapes, Lost on the River, is available now from Electromagnetic Recordings/Harvest Records. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it was written and performed by Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, and Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, setting recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967. A film documenting the sessions premieres on Showtime on November 21. Tune in to see The New Basement Tapes on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight, Ellen on November 14, and Jimmy Kimmel Live on November 19.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, November 10, 2014|0 comments
Pat Metheny Unity Group closes out a year-long, worldwide tour with a month-long North American tour featuring music from their debut album, Kin (←→). Metheny and the band kick off the final leg of the tour in Canada at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Ontario, followed by stops in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec; head to the States for shows in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland; make a quick trip to Mexico for the Riviera Maya Jazz Festival in Mexico; then return to the States for a culminating, week-long residency at the Blue Note in New York City.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsFriday, November 7, 2014|0 comments
Randy Newman kicks off a two-week US tour with two performances in Florida—at the Flagler College Auditorium in St. Augustine and the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater—followed by stops in Mississippi, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. "With songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores," says Tampa Bay Newspapers, "Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsFriday, November 7, 2014|0 comments
Chris Thile has won the 2014 Outstanding Alumni in Fine Arts Award from Murray State University, his alma mater. “He is a model of artistry, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Pamela Wurgler, chair of Murray State's Department of Music. “Everyone wants to hear him perform; they want to hear his compositions too. He is an inspiring model for our students.” Thile’s parents accepted the award on his behalf at the school's A Taste of the Arts Dinner and Auction, which showcases performances by Murray State students and supports scholarships in art, music, and theatre.