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    • Sofia Philharmonic presents stars without masks

      Sofia Philharmonic presents stars without masks

      Maestro Nayden Todorov introduced some of the artists scheduled to be guests of Sofia Philharmonic during the 2020-2021 season as part of its online project Without Masks. World-renowned soprano Diana Damrau is to open the season under the baton of Pavel Balev on 5 September. Among the soloists are pianist Martha Argerich (Argentina), tenor Juan Diego Florez, Qidon Kremer, Valentina Lisitsa, Frederic Chaslin, Oleg Maisenberg, Maxim Vengerov, as well as the young but already very popular violinist Ray Chen. The postponed concert starring Shlomo Mintz will take place on 11 October.

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    • Montreux Jazz Festival cancelled due to virus

      Montreux Jazz Festival cancelled due to virus

      One of the world’s most iconic music festivals, the Montreux Jazz, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the first time since 1967 that the festival won’t take place, organisers said on Friday. The concerts were set to been staged on the shores of Lake Geneva from 3-18 July, featuring a line-up including Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz.

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    • Gaga curates all-star virtual ‘mega concert’  to thank health workers

      Gaga curates all-star virtual ‘mega concert’ to thank health workers

      The pop star Lady Gaga and Global Citizen announced “One World: Together At Home,” a televised event for the coronavirus generation. Concert to thank the world’s medical workers will be shown on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and broadcast on major US TV networks. The big name line-up, all playing remotely, includes Billie Eilish, Lizzo and Live Aid veterans Elton John and Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder.

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    • Bocelli’s solo Easter concert watched by millions

      Bocelli’s solo Easter concert watched by millions

      Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli on Sunday evening delivered from an empty Milan Cathedral streamed live to millions of people around the world in coronavirus lockdown. The "Music for Hope" performance, which was streamed on YouTube, has been watched more than 22 million times so far, news wires reported.

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    • The Beatles' legend lives on, 50 years after break-up

      The Beatles' legend lives on, 50 years after break-up

      When The Beatles went their separate ways in the early 1970s, few thought that half a century later the pioneering band would still influence pop music culture. But, with Friday marking 50 years since their unofficial break-up, the so-called "Fab Four" are still popular and present, in spirit if not in the flesh.

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    • Bocelli believes in the force of praying together

      Bocelli believes in the force of praying together

      "I believe in the force of praying together," Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli said on Tuesday. Bocelli will hold an Easter Sunday concert in the Milan Duomo starting at 19:00, Mayor of the Italian city Giuseppe Sala announced earlier. He added that the blind opera star would sing some "sacred music, the Duomo will be empty but in streaming we will regale the whole world with his voice.

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    • Would you social dis-dance with me?

      Would you social dis-dance with me?

      Strobe lights flash across a near-empty dance floor, as a DJ live-streams thumping electronic music from a Singapore nightclub to revellers confined to their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak sweeping the globe has shuttered once lively nightspots from London to New York, but innovative DJs have started putting their performances online so clubbers don't miss out. The trend is another example of how the virus, which has left some 3.6 billion people stuck at home under lockdowns, is upending daily life in ways unthinkable until recently as governments impose social-distancing curbs to stem its spread.

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