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Stephen Sondheim to Receive Olivier Special Award

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The Society of London Theatre has announced that Stephen Sondheim will be the recipient of the Olivier Special Award 2011. He will accept the Award in person, given in recognition of his contribution to London theatre, at the Olivier Awards—London's equivalent of the Tony Awards on Broadway—this Sunday, March 13, at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Awards ceremony will conclude with a tribute to Sondheim by performers including Adrian Lester, who starred in Sondheim’s Company, and surprise guests on the night. The Special Award is chosen by the board of the Society of London Theatre; over the years, there have been a total of 24 recipients, including Alec Guinness, Judi Dench, Sam Mendes, and Laurence Olivier himself.

New Wave of Jazz Musicians Seeks Niche in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL — Jazz is a fluid genre, and the jazz scene in Istanbul is fluid, too, with new venues offering a fresh generation of Turkish players a chance to perform original compositions, even as more established artists wonder where the audience has gone.For both the new wave and the veteran artists, faithful entrepreneurs are setting up stages and hoping that the fans will follow.

The saxophonist Yahya Dai was leading his combo on a recent Sunday afternoon at Tamirane, a former water-purification warehouse remodeled into an industrial-décor cafe space on Bilgi University’s Santral Campus. The Sunday afternoon jazz brunch draws an artsy crowd of customers who snack on pizzas, beer and 20-lira, or $12.60, cocktails with names like Orange Blossom.

Meryl Streep, James Taylor among U.S. cultural medalists

Meryl Streep, James Taylor among U.S. cultural medalists

President Obama honored 20 artists, scholars and writers — from James Taylor to Quincy Jones, from Philip Roth to Joyce Carol Oates— in a salute to the arts and humanities that embraced both celebrity and quiet achievement.

"One of the great joys of being president is getting a chance to pay tribute to the artists and authors, poets and performers who have touched our hearts and opened our minds," Obama said, adding with a knowing look, "or in the case of Quincy Jones and James Taylor, set the mood."

Read the full article @ USA Today.

Harry Connick Jr. Set For Broadway Musical

Harry Connick Jr. Set For Broadway Musical

Harry Connick Jr. will hit the Broadway stage again this fall in the newly-updated musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever." Connick will play the lead role of Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist and professor who delves deep into the mind of an unusual patient using hypnosis.

The show has had multiple runs on Broadway, the first of which opened in 1967 with Barbara Harris as Daisy Gamble and John Cullum as Dr. Mark Bruckner. Both actors earned Tony nominations for their performances. The show was later reworked with Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand in 1970.

Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning director behind "Spring Awakening" and "American Idiot" will direct and Peter Parnell will provide a revamped book. Alan Jay Lerner, author of the original book for the musical, composed the lyrical content with music from Burton Lane.

by RTT News

JAZZ .FM91 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF JAZZ ... THANKS TO YOU!

JAZZ.FM91 Toronto, Ontario (February 28, 2011) – The JAZZ.FM91 enterprise is celebrating its 10th anniversary broadcasting in an all-jazz format. More than just a radio station, JAZZ.FM91 is Canada’s only broadcaster and registered not-for-profit charitable arts organization dedicated to e nriching the cultural, educational and community experience of their audience.

Providing youth programs and partnering with educational institutions, JAZZ.FM91 gives opportunities for thousands of promising young students and emerging artists to gain experience in music and broadcasting through workshops, internships, scholarships, and jazz-related content and programs. Jazzology, the Jazz 4 Kids concert series, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band, and The Canadian Jazz Archive Online (www.canadianjazzarchive.org) are some of the JAZZ.FM91 programs and resources available to youth interested in expanding their knowledge of jazz.

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