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:

White Singers In Hungary Claim To Be African-American, For An Opera

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Gershwin estate stipulates that Porgy and Bess should be performed by an all-black cast. The Hungarian State Opera in Budapest reportedly asked its mostly white cast to say that they are black.

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Country Music Excludes Women, Especially Over Age 40, Study Finds

Friday, April 05, 2019

A new study from the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative finds that female artists and songwriters are being severely underrepresented in Nashville, with women over 40 being particularly excluded.

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Suspect In Nipsey Hussle Killing Pleads Not Guilty

Friday, April 05, 2019

Eric Holder, a 29-year-old man from Los Angeles, pled not guilty on Thursday to the killing of rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle on March 31.

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Police Arrest Suspect In Nipsey Hussle Killing; 19 Injured At Rapper's Vigil

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The LAPD has arrested the suspect in rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle's death: 29-year-old Eric Holder, a Los Angeles man. On Monday night, there was a stampede at a Nipsey Hussle vigil.

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Majority Of James Levine's Defamation Claims Against Met Opera Dismissed

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The New York State Supreme Court dismissed most of the fallen music director's claims against the Metropolitan Opera and its general manager, Peter Gelb. Even so, both sides are claiming victory.

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Critics Worry American Music College Will Be Shuttered After Proposed Sale

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The newly disclosed sale agreement of Westminster Choir College to a conglomerate partly owned by the Chinese government appears to state that the prospective owners can close the school at any time.

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Dick Dale, Surf Guitar Legend, Dead At 81

Monday, March 18, 2019

Dick Dale, the surf rock pioneer who took guitar distortion to new levels and whose version of "Misirlou" became pop-culture shorthand, died on Saturday night.

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R. Kelly Taken Back Into Custody, Two Women Deny Being 'Brainwashed'

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

The R&B singer was detained in Cook County, Ill. for unpaid child support that totals more than $160,000. In an interview aired Thursday, two women living with Kelly said they are happy.

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R. Kelly Gives First Post-Arrest Interview

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Singer R. Kelly spoke to CBS' Gayle King in an interview that aired Wednesday morning. Kelly denied any sexual misconduct with underage girls.

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Michael Jackson: A Quarter-Century Of Sexual Abuse Allegations

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

The documentary Leaving Neverland has revived allegations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson. As early as 1993, young boys and their families were accusing the megastar.

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R. Kelly Out On Bail In Sexual Abuse Case

Monday, February 25, 2019

The R&B singer appeared in court in Chicago on Monday morning. He has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. A judge had set his bond at $1 million on Saturday.

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R. Kelly Bond Set At $1 Million After Arrest On Charges Of Aggravated Sexual Abuse

Friday, February 22, 2019

The R&B star singer has been dogged for decades by allegations that he has sexually abused underage girls and women. Kelly now faces 10 counts of abuse.

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Top Flutist Settles Gender Pay-Gap Suit With Boston Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Elizabeth Rowe, the symphony's principal flutist, filed suit against the orchestra last July. It was among the first lawsuits regarding gender pay gaps filed under a new Massachusetts law.

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From Funerals To Festivals, The Curious Journey Of The 'Adagio For Strings'

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

How did Samuel Barber's stirring, lush work for strings — music that has become America's semi-official music of mourning — morph into a beloved and endlessly remixed dance floor anthem?

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Live Blog: The 2019 Grammy Awards

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Updates from the 61st annual Grammys, which handed awards to a wide range of artists. Kacey Musgraves and Childish Gambino, who took home top prizes, each won multiple awards, but nobody dominated.

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A Year After The #MeToo Grammys, Women Are Still Missing In Music

Friday, February 08, 2019

After last year's Grammys, the president of the Recording Academy said that women needed to "step up" in the business. Women and men in the business pushed back, but what's actually changed?

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Opera Star David Daniels And Husband Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The two were arrested Tuesday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and are awaiting extradition to Texas. A young singer has accused the pair of drugging and raping him in 2010.

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Chris Brown Arrested On Charges Of Rape In Paris

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The R&B artist, along with two unnamed men, has been arrested on charges of "aggravated rape" and multiple narcotics offenses.

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R. Kelly Has Been Dropped By RCA Records, 'Billboard' Reports

Friday, January 18, 2019

Amid increasing protests following the broadcast of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary series, RCA Records has reportedly dropped the singer, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual abuse.

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The #MuteRKelly Movement Takes Its Protest To The Steps Of His Record Label

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

In the wake of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, protesters brought more than 200,000 petition signatures on Wednesday to RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment, calling for the label to drop him.

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