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Iconic guitar maker Gibson files for bankruptcy

Slash owned custom Gibson Les Paul studio guitar is on display during the preview of the sale of exclusive property from legendary guitarist and musician Slash at Julien?s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2011. Included in the auction sale are some of the iconic, Grammy-winning, rock guitarist and songwriter?s famous guitars, memorabilia, vehicles and personal furniture and décor from his Hollywood Hills residence. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images) ×Iconic guitar maker Gibson files for bankruptcySlash owned custom Gibson Les Paul studio guitar is on display during the preview of the sale of exclusive property from legendary guitarist and musician Slash at Julien?s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on March 7, 2011. Included in the auction sale are some of the iconic, Grammy-winning, rock guitarist and songwriter?s famous guitars, memorabilia, vehicles and personal furniture and décor from his Hollywood Hills residen..

Musician-inspired fonts website forced to close after going viral

SongwriterFonts, a website that offered free-to-use typefaces based on the handwriting of famous musicians, has been closed down following legal issues over intellectual-property rights. Set up by French graphic designers Julien Sens and Nicolas Damiens, the SongwriterFonts website offered five typefaces based on the handwriting of David Bowie, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Leonard Cohen and Serge Gainsbourg. But after being featured on numerous online publications, including Dezeen, the designers were contacted by intellectual-property rights' owners and had to shut down the website just five days after its launch. The SongwriterFonts website has been closed down, and is currently displaying a holding pageA message on the website's holding page reads: "We launched the SongwritersFonts project, a series of typefaces created from famous songwriters' handwritings, as a design project. The unique purpose of this was to inspire musicians and the next generation of songwriters to..

Famous musicians visit with art students at Fort Lauderdale elementary school

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Art students in Fort Lauderdale got a special visit Monday from world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The visit was part of the Kennedy Center's "Arts Across America" tour. Students at Walker Elementary School gave Yo-Yo Ma and bagpiper Cristina Pato a warm welcome. "It was the most amazing warm welcome, really seeing things that we didn't know was happening here and it's been really affirming," Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter said. Students in Walker Elementary's arts programs entertained their guests in the school’s auditorium and then performed with the professionals. The time they spent with the children moved the artists. "The most fascinating thing for us was to watch them perform, to see the energy of the school, how much life and, especially, how much love," Pato said. "There is so much love in this school. The kindergarten class that I visited and the love from the teacher, from the children, and they're genuinely c..

Listening Post: BPO’s recording of Wagner leads off new releases

ClassicalWagner, Orchestral Music from "Der Ring des Nibelungen" performed by Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta (Naxos). If you take an historical overview of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra you have to conclude that no BPO conductor has achieved anything close on record with the orchestra to the recording presence that Falletta has. Foss' avant-garde influence on the BPO was profound on the orchestra and the city, but the recordings he produced weren't. Michael Tilson Thomas' decision to use the BPO to record the complete music of Carl Ruggles was the BPO's most consequential recorded moment, along with its recording of Terry Rley's "In C." But you could argue that the BPO's records for Naxos have been the fulfillment of the orchestra conducted years ago by Steinberg and Krips. It's Naxos' marvelous insistence on using the BPO for "big" works with a "big" orchestral sound are making every new disc a potential wonderme..

Encore Houston, Episode 57: Ars Lyrica Houston

Ars Lyrica and guest musicians Paul Avril and Loren Tayerle in concert on New Year’s Eve, 2017.On this week’s episode of Encore Houston, Ars Lyrica celebrates the New Year with music from eighteenth-century Berlin. The theme of the concert focused on the famous musician and patron Sara Itzig Levy, and the featured pieces were either works she helped premiere or had in her own catalog. Music in this episode: CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH, Concerto in E-flat major for harpsichord and fortepiano Mario Aschauer, fortepianoMatthew Dirst, harpsichordGEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN, Paris Quartet in G major Colin St. Martin, fluteElizabeth Blumenstock, violinBarrett Sills, celloMatthew Dirst, harpsichordWILHELM FRIEDMANN BACH, Flute Concerto in D major Colin St. Martin, fluteTELEMANN, Concerto in F major for two horns Paul Avril, hornLoren Tayerle, hornPerformance date: 12/31/2017Originally aired: 3/31/2018New episodes of Encore Houston air Saturdays at 10 PM, with a repeat broadcast Sundays at 4 PM, all..

Venezuela’s Famous Youth Orchestra Faces Tough Times

In 1975, Venezuelan musician Jose Antonio Abreu created a network of music education programs for children. It became known as El Sistema. As the director of El Sistema, Abreu was able to gain government support for the network, and turn it into one of Venezuela’s model programs. Abreu died March 24 at age 78. Now, El Sistema’s new director, Eduardo Mendez, promises to continue the program's tradition of musical excellence and social service. Mendez said the program must overcome Venezuela’s severe economic crisis. The crisis has forced hundreds of musicians to leave the country. El Sistema now includes about 300 community schools. The network has given children in poor neighborhoods a chance to study classical music. It has produced world-famous musicians, including the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel. But Mendez says leading the orchestra network through Venezuela's social and economic crisis will not be easy. He says that 8 percent of the program..

Celebrity Quotes: Sex And The City star for governor, child actor tackles gun laws

"Don't try to tell me that I don't have a right to stand here and say 'I want to be governor, because I think you're doing a lousy job. Nobody is talking about the things that you're not doing, so I am going to do it'." Former Sex And The City star Cynthia Nixon talks to US Glamour magazine and defends her right to run for New York governor. "I'm fortunate to be here tonight to receive an award as an actor... but more than anything I get to be up here and I..

This week in celeb real estate: Former home of late actor Caroll O’Connor quietly...

Marlon Brando and his home, Carroll O’Connor and Broad Beach (Credit: Sothebyshomes, Wikimedia Commons) It’s a lot nicer than Archie Bunker’s place. And it’s as close as most fans of the man who played the cantankerous “Archie Bunker” are going to get to his fictional home. The actual former home of the late actor Carroll O’Connor and his wife, the late Nancy Fields O’Connor is being shopped around as a pocket listing, somewhere in the $20 million range. Located on the celebrity-favorite Broad B..

Bill Maynard dead: Heartbeat actor passes away aged 89

The actor's family confirmed that he had passed away in hospital in Leicestershire shortly after breaking his hip in a fall off his mobility scooter. His daughter-in-law Jacqueline Reddin, who is also an actress, said: "He was larger than life and he just loved showbiz. "He was so proud of the fact that he had been working for 81 years. "He leaves a son and daughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren." Bill, real name Walter Williams, first appeared as fan favourite Greengras..

National Napping Day: 12 Relatable AF Pics of Stars Catching Zzzz

Just five more minutes… It’s time to celebrate National Napping Day and some of your favorite celebs – from a crashing Kanye West to a snoozing Zayn Malik – are getting in the spirit by grabbing some shuteye!Shhhh…Kanye West, 40, is sleeping. Being a celebrity can be exhausting, and thankfully for Yeezey, Katy Perry, 33, and more, it’s National Napping Day. March 10 marks the 19th annual holiday devoted to catching a quick snoozer at your desk, in you chair or out in the middle of a public park. Just take it from Justin Bieber, 24, who decided to catch a quick nap while lounging on the grass outside of Canada’s parliament building in May 2016. Admittedly, Biebs looked really comfy, so perhaps the ground outside of Canada’s parliament is just that soft? Not every celebrity is near the finely manicured lawn of a country’s capitol building when it comes to naptime. Ian Somerhalder, 39, made the best of a bad situation when he needed to get a few minutes of beauty sleep. He swiped all his ..

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