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Terence Blanchard recently completed work on Lucasfilm's, Red Tails starring Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and Emmy Award winner Bryan Lee Cranston, as well as his critically acclaimed score for the Broadway play, The Mother****** With the Hat. In addition to composing the music for the Broadway remake of A Streetcar Named Desire, he has also been commissioned by the Opera St. Louis for a project that will premiere in 2012.

Blanchard just completed a national co-headlining tour with Branford Marsalis and will continue to tour with his quintet throughout 20ll. Additionally, after serving as Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute, Blanchard has now been named Artistic Director of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music.

As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit and received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee's 25th Hour. Blanchard's music was also recently seen in Spike Lee/HBO's If God is Willing And Da Creek Don't Rise, commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster and the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2006 film, When The Levees Broke. The film shows the current state of Blanchard's native New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina, and follows the lives of several individuals and their families in the aftermath of one of the worst disasters to occur in U.S. history. Blanchard won a Grammy for his 2007 CD A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina), which included tracks from Levees.

In 2009, Blanchard loaned his musical voice to Louis the Alligator in The Princess and the Frog. He has completed scores for Lee's Miracle at St. Anna, the soundtrack for Darnell Martin's Cadillac Records and Guy Moshe's adventure thriller Bunraku (Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson and Josh Hartnett). Other film music written by Blanchard includes Kasi Lemmons' Eve's Bayou and Talk to Me, Oprah Winfrey's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tim Story's Barbershop and Ron Shelton's Dark Blue and music for over one dozen Spike Lee films and documentaries.

Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation, a member of a jazz legacy that has shaped the contours of modern jazz today. With more than 29 CD's to his credit, Blanchard is a four-time Grammy Award winner and has received multiple Grammy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nod. His latest CD, Choices, was released by Concord Jazz in 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. Recorded in New Orleans at the Ogden Museum Of Art – itself a survivor of Hurricane Katrina – Choices addresses the choices we all make in life – both as a society and on a personal level. Guest artists on Choices include writer, speaker, educator and activist Dr. Cornel West and singer, musician and composer Bilal. West performs spoken word pieces on the album with Bilal providing vocals on several of the tracks.

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GROUNDED by Jeanine Tesori to Open The Metropolitan Opera's 2024�"25 Season

The Metropolitan Opera has unveiled the 2024–25 season lineup. Learn about the operas being presented and see how to purchase tickets.

Houstonians Invited to Join Houston Grand Opera and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church for the Fifth Annual GIVING VOICE Concert

Houston Grand Opera and Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church invite Houstonians to join them for the Fifth Annual Giving Voice Concert. This free, ticketed event celebrates Black women artists in opera and song. The concert will be held on Friday, March 8, 2024, at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in the historic Third Ward.

Baritone Will Liverman & Pianist Jonathan King to Release 'SHOW ME THE WAY' on Cedille Records

Baritone Will Liverman and Pianist Jonathan King will release 'Show Me The Way', a 2-disc celebration of American Song in March.

Maleah Joi Moon, Shoshana Bean, Brandon Victor Dixon & More Will Reprise Roles in HELL'S KITCHEN on Broadway

AKW Productions has just announced the Broadway premiere of the new musical HELL’S KITCHEN and we have the full list of stars and newcomers!

Video: Justin Austin Sings 'What Makes a Man a Man' From CHAMPION at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago has released video footage of Justin Austin performing 'What Makes a Man a Man' from Terence Blanchard's CHAMPION below. Ahead of his fateful fight with Benny 'Kid' Paret, Emile Griffith finds himself torn between societal expectations and the desire to be his true self. Watch the performance here!

Sphinx Virtuosi Performs in Santa Barbara Next Month

Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) of Santa Barbara will conclude its 2023-24 Masterseries at the Lobero Theatre on March 15 with a special performance by the acclaimed Sphinx Virtuosi.

CHAMPION, HIGHWAY PATROL & More Lead Chicago's February 2024 Top Picks

Chicago is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. February 2024's top picks include Lyric Opera's Champion, Cinderella, Goodman's Highway Patrol and more.

Video: Get A First Look At Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production of Blanchard's CHAMPION

The music of Terence Blanchard has returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago with his first opera: Champion, an 'opera in jazz' inspired by the true story of boxer Emile Griffith, a professional boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who threw a fatal punch in the boxing ring in 1962. Get a first look at the production in an all-new trailer!

Photos: First Look at CHAMPION at Lyric Opera of Chicago

The music of Terence Blanchard has returned to Lyric Opera of Chicago with his first opera: Champion, an 'opera in jazz' inspired by the true story of boxer Emile Griffith, a professional boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who threw a fatal punch in the boxing ring in 1962. Check out production photos here!

Robbie Robertson & Martin Scorsese To Receive The Society Of Composers And Lyricists Award

The Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) will honor Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese with the Spirit of Collaboration Award at the 5th Annual SCL Awards to be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Video: Associate Choreographer Christopher Jackson Explores The Dance in Lyric Opera's CHAMPION

In an all-new video, Associate Choreographer Christopher Jackson discusses the gumbo of dance found in Terence Blanchard's CHAMPION.

Lila Palmer Appointed General & Artistic Director of New Orleans Opera

Following a comprehensive search, the board of New Orleans Opera Association (NOOA) has announced Anglo-American producer and librettist Lila Palmer as its new General and Artistic Director. Her term begins on May 15, 2024.


ALAN CUMMING IS NOT ACTING HIS AGE a one-man show presented by Alan Cumming, is now playing in various venues across the UK. Check out all new photos here!

APAP|NYC 2024 Attracts Largest Attendance Post-Covid

APAP|NYC 2024 attracts largest attendance post-Covid with live appearances by Terence Blanchard, Mandy Gonzalez, John Cameron Mitchell, and Sasha Velour inspiring attendees.

The Cleveland Orchestra Hands Out 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service in the Arts Awards

The Cleveland Orchestra presented its 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service in the Arts Awards on Sunday. Learn more about the honorees here!

VIDEO: Get a First Look at DREAMGIRLS at McCarter Theatre Center

Get a first look at footage of Dreamgirls at McCarter Theatre Center. Learn how to purchase tickets!

VIDEO: Director James Robinson on Blanchard's CHAMPION

Learn about the world champion boxer and see how his story inspired Grammy Award-winning composer Terence Blanchard's first foray into opera in this interview with director James Robinson in an all-new video.

Philadelphia Soprano Karen Slack Joins Opera Philadelphia and The Wharton-Wesley Faith Ensemble For A Concert Celebrating Langston Hughes

Philadelphia soprano Karen Slack joins Opera Philadelphia and the Wharton-Wesley Faith Ensemble for a concert centered on the poetry of Langston Hughes. The concert, titled 'To Sit and Dream,' takes place on March 17th at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church.

Baritone Justin Austin to Perform Solo Recital At Carnegie Hall in March

Baritone Justin Austin will be performing a solo recital at Carnegie Hall on March 5, 2024. Don't miss this impressive performance by the award-winning artist.

Videos: Watch Tituss Burgess, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Perform at the Kennedy Center Honors

This year's honorees include Billy Crystal, Renée Fleming, Barry Gibb, Queen Latifah, and Dionne Warwick. Watch videos of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ariana DeBose, Tituss Burgess, Dove Cameron, Marc Shaiman, Cynthia Erivo, Christine Baranski, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Gladys Knight now!

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