Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence). Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to  many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

Charlie Daniels, Who Sang Of The Devil In Georgia, Is Dead At 83

Monday, July 06, 2020

The country music star who linked to pop artists and singer-songwriters died Monday at age 83. He was best known for his mainstream hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."

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CDC Says Singers Could Be Virus Superspreaders — But 100 Sang Unmasked With Pence

Monday, June 29, 2020

At a campaign rally in Dallas that featured Vice President Pence, a choir of about 100 people sang unmasked. Epidemiologists worry that singers are particularly likely to spread the coronavirus.

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Dixie Chicks Change Band Name To The Chicks

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The country trio has changed the band's name to The Chicks in an apparent distancing from its association with racism in the South. The move was accompanied by a new song, "March March."

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The NEA Announces Its 2020 National Heritage Fellowship Winners

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A soul singer from Atlanta, an Iroquois bead artist, West African dancers and an Armenian vocalist are among this year's recipients of National Heritage Fellowship

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Actor Ian Holm, Who Played King Lear To Bilbo Baggins, Has Died

Friday, June 19, 2020

With a grounding in classical theater, Ian Holm became beloved by movie fans around the world, especially in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit." He died Friday at age 88.

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Carnegie Hall And Lincoln Center Cancel Performances For Rest Of 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Two of New York City's biggest cultural institutions said Thursday that they will remain closed through the New Year, due to the pandemic.

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Lady Antebellum Changes Its Name To Lady A

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The popular country music trio announced the switch on Thursday morning on social media, saying that calls for racial justice over the past several weeks have revealed their "blindspots."

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Music Teacher's 'Weekend' Project Turns Into Almost 40,000 Face Shields

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Working alongside dozens of other volunteers, middle school chorus teacher Jacob Ezzo has made and sent PPE to health care workers and first responders from New Jersey to the Navajo Nation.

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Coachella Festival Canceled In 2020, Says Public Health Commissioner

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Riverside County, Calif., health commissioner gives an order on Wednesday evening that the popular festival and its country music sibling, Stagecoach, would both be canceled this year.

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The Grammys Changed Some Categories. Will They Make Any Difference?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Recording Academy has announced changes for the names and definitions of four categories traditionally associated with artists of color. What does that mean for systemic changes at the Grammys?

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America's Independent Music Venues Could Close Soon Due To Coronavirus

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

A newly released survey of nearly 2,000 music venue owners and promoters say that they anticipate closing within the next few months unless they can secure some governmental assistance.

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Tanglewood Has Canceled Its 2020 Live Season

Friday, May 15, 2020

The famed Massachusetts music festival — the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra — has canceled all of its live events due to the coronavirus.

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Broadway Theaters Will Remain Dark At Least Through Labor Day

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Broadway League, which represents theater owners and producers, announced Tuesday that their productions will continued to be shuttered through at least Sept. 6.

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Co-Founder of Kraftwerk, Florian Schneider, Has Died

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

The multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who co-founded the enormously influential German band Kraftwerk, died just a few days after his 73rd birthday.

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Anthony Davis Wins Pulitzer Prize For His Opera 'The Central Park Five'

Monday, May 04, 2020

The Central Park Five is an operatic narrative retelling the true story of the five African-American and Latino teenagers wrongly convicted of raping and assaulting a white woman in 1989.

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Tony Allen, Afrobeat's Foundational Drummer, Has Died At Age 79

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Tony Allen was one of the founders of the deep-grooved Afrobeat style — alongside his musical collaborator, Fela Kuti. The drummer died Wednesday evening in Paris of a heart attack.

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Newport Folk And Jazz Festivals Canceled Due To Coronavirus

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Two of the U.S.' most influential and storied summer music festivals have been canceled for 2020, due to coronavirus concerns. The sibling events were scheduled to take place in July and August.

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Cellist Lynn Harrell Has Died, Age 76

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Grammy-winning American cellist had a wide-ranging career that spanned Bach to new music written by Augusta Read Thomas. His colleagues also treasured him as a generous musical collaborator.

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N.Y.'s Met Museum Projects $150 Million Shortfall, Lays Off 81 Employees

Thursday, April 23, 2020

One of New York City's biggest tourist attractions and the U.S.' largest art museum says that it has revised its budget shortfall projection — some $50 million greater than just a month ago.

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New York's Lincoln Center Cancels All Programming Through The End Of August

Thursday, April 09, 2020

The wide-ranging shows presented by one of the nation's top performing arts centers are a summer staple in New York City. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will not return until 2021.

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