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Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter has released seven studio albums, three DVDs, and three live albums, including the fantastic Grammy nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007, and the album Release The Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K.

Wainwright has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses, respectively, and nominations for his albums Want Two (2005) and Release the Stars (2008). He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2008 for his Release the Stars album. He also composed the original music for choreographer Stephen Petronio’s work BLOOM which has toured across the country.
Musically Rufus has collaborated with artists including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys and producer Mark Ronson among others. His most recent collaboration is on the title track of Robbie Williams’ latest album, Swings Both Ways, which was co-written with renowned musician and producer Guy Chambers and sung as a duet between Rufus and Robbie.
In addition to being a celebrated contemporary pop singer, Rufus has made a name for himself in the classical world. His much acclaimed first opera, titled Prima Donna, premiered at the Manchester International Festival in July 2009. The opera was subsequently performed in London at Sadler’s Wells in April 2010, in Toronto at the Luminato Festival in June 2010 and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House in February 2012. Now fully established as a composer of operas, Rufus was commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company to write his second opera based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous. The new opera, Hadrian, premiered in Toronto on October 13, 2018.

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ARI SHAPIRO'S THANK YOU FOR LISTENING is Coming to the Curran Theater

Ari Shapiro’s Thanks for Listening: An Evening of Songs and Stories will be presented at San Francisco’s Curran Theater. Learn how to purchase tickets.
THE MASQUE OF NIGHT Returns To Casa Clara This Month

New Place Players have announced the limited New York engagement of the critically acclaimed THE MASQUE OF NIGHT, directed by Craig Bacon and Janina Picard. This Romeo & Juliet cabaret will take place at the enchanting Casa Clara.
Idaho to Release Limited Edition Box Set; Feature Doc Streaming Now

The groundbreaking legacy of slowcore pioneers IDAHO will be celebrated with The Devil You Know [1992-1996], a landmark four-album five-disc Deluxe Limited-Edition Box Set featuring vinyl reissues of the band’s long-out-of-print and highly sought-after first three records. They also recently premiered their career-spanning feature documentary, Traces of Glory: The Musical Journey of Idaho.
Jay Mohr Comes To Comedy Works Landmark Village This Week

Comedy Works has announced that Jay Mohr will perform at Comedy Works South at the Landmark.
Meryl Streep to Serve as Narrator for Rufus Wainwright's Dream Requiem

The iconic American screen actress and recipient of the Palme d’Or d’honneur at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is the narrator in Rufus Wainwright’s Dream Requiem, which receives its world premiere on 14th June in Paris. The Chœur de Radio France, Maîtrise de Radio France and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France are conducted by Mikko Franck.
Monthly 'Birthday Salute': COLE PORTER

The talents and legacy of composer-lyricist Cole Porter are always worth celebrating, especially in his birthday month of June. Here's a look at some current evidence of his lasting presence in cabaret shows, etc.
Billy Porter Will Reopen East Hampton's Guild Hall

Guild Hall has announced the completion of its theater renovation, with performing arts programming commencing in July. Guild Hall’s facility-wide capital improvements project and campaign was first announced in 2021 and ushered in a period of 21st-century revitalization for the legendary multi-arts center.
Irish Repertory Theatre to Present BR�"D FEILE (PRIDE FEST) 2024

Irish Repertory Theatre will present Bród Féile (Pride Fest) 2024, celebrating LGBTQ+ voices with a series of performances, readings, and special events. Learn how to purchase tickets!
Pink Martini Vocalist China Forbes Shares First Solo LP in 15 Years, 'The Road'

China Forbes – the glamorous voice of Portland, Oregon’s very own, world-famous “little orchestra,” Pink Martini – has released her long-journeyed album, The Road, via Heinz Records. The LP marks the first solo album for Forbes in fifteen years, and features eleven original, auto-biographical songs. The album was produced by Forbes herself, and engineered by Gregg Williams, in Portland, Oregon, with additional engineering by Steve Sundholm. Listen to the album now!
Mariah Carey's PORTRAIT OF A PORTRAIT to Debut on Audible

Legendary singer-songwriter Mariah Carey joins Audible's 'Words + Music' series in the latest installment, 'Portrait of a Portrait'.
Bear McCreary Releases 'The Singularity'

Two-time GRAMMY®-nominated, Emmy and BAFTA Award-winning composer Bear McCreary has released his epic album The Singularity digitally via Sparks & Shadows Records. The Singularity is an ambitious concept album, graphic novel, and concert experience featuring a legendary lineup of rock talent. The CD and vinyl release come out next week, on May 10. Two days after the physical release, McCreary will perform the album live, at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles with special guests. Listen to the album now!
Akropolis Reed Quintet, Pascal Le Boeuf and Christian Euman Release New Album, Are We Dreaming The Same Dream?

Are We Dreaming The Same Dream? - a new album from Akropolis Reed Quintet, composer and pianist Pascal Le Boeuf, and drummer Christian Euman - is out now on Bright Shiny Things.
Kronos Quartet Archive Acquired By the Library of Congress

Kronos Quartet receives triple honors from the Library of Congress, including acquisition of their archive, D.Harrington's appointment as Kluge Chair, and 'Pieces of Africa' induction into the National Recording Registry.
Chris Walden Leads Pacific Jazz Orchestra As Tony-Winner Aaron Tveit Makes His Soraya Debut

The Pacific Jazz Orchestra and Tony Award winner Aaron Tveit take the stage at The Soraya on May 11.
Pink Martini Vocalist China Forbes Shares 'Bring on the Rain' from First Solo LP in 15 Years

China Forbes – the glamorous voice of Portland, Oregon’s very own, world-famous “little orchestra,” Pink Martini – will be releasing her forthcoming album, The Road, on May 17, 2024 via Heinz Records. The Road displays a return to the singer-songwriter’s roots, sharing a journey of personal songs that tell the story of her life so far, highlighting themes of emotional depth and self-discovery. Listen to a single here!
Choir! Choir! Choir! Announces Second Show Of UN-SILENT NIGHT Epic Holiday Sing-Along!

Due to popular demand, Massey Hall will present a second Choir! Choir! Choir! show taking place at 2pm on Saturday, December 21, 2024 with “Un-Silent Night” EPIC Holiday Sing-Along!
Storm Large Takes the Stage This Weekend At Feinstein's

This Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, get lost in the powerful voice of STORM LARGE as she takes the stage at Feinstein's inside The Hotel Carmichael in Carmel.
The Cherry Orchard Festival Will Present the New York Premiere of ADDRESS UNKNOWN

The Cherry Orchard Festival will present the New York premiere of ADDRESS UNKOWN, a playstarring pianist Evgeny Kissin and baritone Thomas Hampson in acting-only roles, based on the anti-fascist novel by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor banned in 1930s Germany.
OPENING NIGHT Starring Sheridan Smith Will End its West End Run Early

The new musical John Cassavetes’ OPENING NIGHT will now end its run at the Gielgud Theatre on Saturday 18 May 2024.
Los Angeles Master Chorale Announces 60th Anniversary Season

Los Angeles Master Chorale has announced its landmark 60th Anniversary Season at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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