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Venezuelan classical music system under fire

Friday, November 28, 2014 12:45pm

FILE - In this May 7, 2008 file photo, the shadow of a violin student is cast on the wall during a practice session of Venezuela's youth orchestra system school known as "El Sistema" or The System, in Camatagua, Venezuela. The program has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music. But a new book on El Sistema, portrays it as a “model of tyranny” where brutal, marathon practice sessions mirror the apparently unlimited power and top-down style of its magnetic founder, Jose Antonio Abreu. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — It has been praised the world over as a model for uplifting disadvantaged youth by connecting them with classical music.


One Direction dethrones Swift to top US music charts

Thursday, November 27, 2014 1:58am

One Direction's fourth album sold 387,000 copies in the United States in the week through Sunday.One Direction has dethroned Taylor Swift to top US album sales charts, but the British boy band's debut was far less spectacular, figures showed Wednesday.


Six Injured in Shooting Outside Brick & Mortar Music Hall

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:31pm

Six Injured in Shooting Outside Brick & Mortar Music HallThe incident occurred around 12:46 am, just after a sold-out hip-hop show featuring more than a dozen artists (including headlining locals G-Val and Show Banga) had let out. According to KTVU, the suspect immediately fled the scene, and officers arrived to find four injured people, two of them with life-threatening injuries. "Everybody start running, chaos...I'm talking about mayhem everywhere," an unidentified clubgoer told KTVU. Show Banga, one of the headliners, also condemned the shootings in an Instagram post.


4 Great Online Tools for Music Lovers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:06pm

4 Great Online Tools for Music LoversMusic is the cornerstone of human culture. No matter who you are or what you do, a great song can make you feel happy. A certain track can remind you of unforgettable experiences, like your first kiss, honeymoon, or the birth of your child.In this new age of technology, you don't have to listen to the same tunes every day or wait for the radio...


Children's' music star Laurie Berkner new plan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 6:10am

FILE - In this April 22, 2013 file photo, performer Laurie Berkner of Sprout's "Sing it, Laurie!" arrives at the 2013 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day in Pasadena, Calif. The singer-songwriter, who Time magazine dubbed as "the queen of children's music," has been training teachers to use her songs in a new music program for kids up to 4. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — This fall, Laurie Berkner has been on a mission that likely will make children and parents happy: making more Laurie Berkners.


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